e2v (Argus) have been designing and building hand held thermal imaging cameras for fire fighting applications for over 30 years. In fact, the first ever handheld thermal imaging camera was developed at e2v back in the 1970’s.
However, the actual need for handheld thermal imaging only became prevalent in 1982 after the Falklands conflict. A large fire on a British Naval Ship (HMS Sheffield) highlighted the difficulties of navigating in confined areas awash in smoke. Consequently, e2v further developed the handheld thermal imaging prototype into a smaller robust camera and Argus thermal imaging was born.
In the first few years after its creation, e2v (Argus) sold many hundreds of cameras - mainly to different Navy’s across the globe (UK, USA, French, Indian, Australian etc.). In the 1990’s, fire fighting brigades interest in handheld thermal imaging grew and e2v saw the need for a smaller, lighter, lower cost, and more ergonomic camera. The Argus 1 was developed and introduced to the fire brigades in 1991. This helped develop and sustain e2v (Argus) as one of the most successful thermal imaging camera manufacturers in the world today.
Today they develop and sell imaging systems that include CMOS, CCD, and EM image sensors, in addition to a range of thermal imaging cameras. This wide range of imaging systems is used for fire rescue, law enforcement, marine, and homeland security thermal imaging, space and earth observation imaging, science and life science imaging, machine vision, ophthalmology, and dental x-ray systems.
Sales (2012): $381.4 million
Operations in Europe, USA, and Asia