Panasonic introduces at Mobile World Congress a fully rugged tablet with FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera to capture and process images on the move
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 with a FLIR Lepton Thermal Camera is ideal for a wide range of industry applications
Barcelona, Spain. 27 FEBRUARY 2018
Panasonic today announced at Mobile World Congress the fully rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 thermal Imaging tablet designed to capture and process images on the move. The handy 7-inch tablet equipped with a FLIR Lepton micro thermal camera, is a Windows-based device that allows field workers to take and process accurate thermal images on the spot and link these images to other line of business applications and add metadata content such as QR codes.
The thermal camera, combined with the powerful rugged Panasonic tablet and its versatile, configurable set-up makes it ideal for a range of business sectors and applications. As well as obvious heat seeking applications for use by the fire, emergency services and defence sectors, thermal imaging can be used in manufacturing for production line control and quality assurance, in utilities and field services for maintenance and repairs, and in oil and gas, aviation, automotive and construction for asset management and diagnostics.
The thermal imaging application has been designed by Panasonic, drawing on its 20 years experience of providing seamless hardware and software solutions for business customers. With Standard and Pro (additional licence) software options, users can measure thermal high and low points, capture still images or record film and add meta data to images such as QR codes. This additional data functionality enables images to be integrated with multiple line of business applications using the capabilities and connectivity of the Panasonic Toughpad tablet.
The FLIR Lepton micro-thermal camera offers 160x120 thermal resolution and has an imaging temperature range of minus 20 degrees up to 400 degrees Celsius, plus or minus five degrees.
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet delivers multi-task, high-performance working capabilities with its Windows 10 Pro operating system and its 6th generation Intel Core or Atom Core processor. For field workers, the device has an 8 hour battery life with 16 hour option and hot swap battery capabilities. The sunlight readable display can be operated with a stylus, by touchscreen and when wearing gloves.
With its flexible customisation options, the device can be configured with Barcode reader, Serial port, 4G and Smartcard as required. Its fully rugged and fanless design means it is drop resistant to 180cm and IP65 rated, yet compact and lightweight enough to fit into the pocket.
“The FLIR thermal imaging-equipped Toughpad FZ-M1 is yet another demonstration of Panasonic delivering out of the box, practical business applications using our market leading rugged mobile computing devices and our business understanding of the needs of mobile workforces,” said Jan Kaempfer, General Manager for Marketing at Panasonic Computer Product Solutions. “This application already has a successful international track record for a wide range of business applications from checking air conditioning unit efficencies in railway carriages to surveying wear and tear on asphalt motorways.”
“We are pleased to welcome Panasonic as a ‘Thermal by FLIR’ partner with their industry-first tablet equipped with a FLIR micro thermal camera,” said Frank Pennisi, President of FLIR’s Industrial Business Unit. “The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 allows Panasonic to offer capabilities unique to rugged tablet customers, and we look forward to more people discovering the benefits of thermal imaging and the World’s Sixth Sense.”
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 Thermal Imaging solution will be available from end of February 2018.
The thermal camera option will be available later in the year on other products.
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About Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU)
PSCEU is the European branch of Panasonic Systems Communications Company, the global B2B division of Panasonic. PSCEU’s goal is to improve the working lives of business professionals and help their organisations’ efficiency and performance. We help organisations capture, compute and communicate all sorts of information: image, voice, and textual data. Products include PBX telephone switches, document printers, professional cameras, projectors, large visual displays, rugged mobile PCs and fire alarms solutions. With around 400 staff, engineering design expertise, global project management capability and a large European partner network, PSCEU offers unrivalled capability in its markets.
PSCEU is made up of four product categories:
Communication Solutions, including professional scanners, multifunctional printers, telephony systems and SIP terminal devices.
Visual System Solutions, including projectors and professional displays. Panasonic offers the widest range of Visual products, and leads the European projector market with 28% revenue share. (Futuresource B2B market tracking, Q1/2014)
Professional Camera Solutions, including Broadcast & ProAV products, security, fire alarm systems and industrial medical vision (IMV) technology. Panasonic is one of the top two professional camera vendors in Europe.
Computer Product Solutions helps mobile workers improve productivity with its range of Toughbook rugged notebooks, Toughpad business tablets and electronic point of sales (EPOS) systems. As European market leaders, Panasonic Toughbook had a 67% revenue share of sales of rugged and durable notebooks and Panasonic Toughpad held a 56% revenue share of sales of rugged business tablets in 2016 (VDC Research, March 2017).
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