With its acquisition of Lorex Technology and its subsidiary company Digimerge Technologies, thermal imaging technology supplier FLIR Systems is getting into the CCTV distribution game.

FLIR-branded products will soon be introduced through Digimerge’s established network of security distributor partners, and those products will grow in number to include a full line of DVRs, analog cameras, NVRs and IP cameras, all bearing the FLIR brand. Additionally, FLIR plans to integrate its thermal imaging technology into a new line of low-cost cameras, the company said.

“For years FLIR has been working towards a continual reduction of the costs of thermal imaging technologies with the ultimate goal of providing thermal imaging technology to a very broad base of users at very low cost,” said Andy Teich, president of FLIR’s Commercial Systems division. “From a technology standpoint, we bring to Digimerge a different and much more effective means to see in total darkness. Ultimately, we will be able to bring the Digimerge customer base a true 24/7 imaging capability, and a greater offering of combined thermal/visible solution, which we believe provides the best of both worlds.”

The Digimerge product line, which has been successfully marketed toward the SMB segment for everyday security needs, should serve to complement FLIR’s sensor systems technologies, which have gained traction in a variety of large enterprise-level industrial and commercial markets, including airborne, automotive, maritime, military and law enforcement.

“We are very excited to combine forces with the formidable FLIR organization and deliver its highly regarded brand to our customer base,” said Wayne Hurd, executive vice president of Digimerge. “Furthermore, we look forward to working with FLIR’s extensive international team to further our product lines’ reach. FLIR brings a wealth of incredible technological capabilities which we are eager to incorporate into our product line and take our combined businesses to new heights.”