FLIR Invests in Gas Quantification Software Expert, Providence Photonics

Posted Dec 09, 2019 by FLIR Systems, Inc.

FLIR Systems has announced a strategic investment in Providence Photonics, developers of advanced software used to quantify invisible gas emissions using FLIR’s Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras.

Providence Photonics specializes in the development and utilization of advanced technology in the field of optical gas imaging while tackling some of the industry’s most challenging environmental and safety problems. Using patented technology, advanced computer vision techniques, and state-of-the-art infrared imagers, they create solutions for several applications, including leak quantification, leak survey validation, autonomous remote leak detection, and flare combustion efficiency monitoring.  

As part of the strategic investment, FLIR will gain exclusive access to certain elements of Providence Photonics’ intellectual property, while expanding its’ set of offerings to the oil and gas industry customers. The companies will work to deploy Providence Photonics’ quantification algorithms in current and future FLIR OGI cameras and digital services.

FLIR’s investment in Providence Photonics represents another example of its evolution from solely being a leading sensor company to one that adds decision support to create intelligent sensing solutions. This investment enables the company to better serve the existing oil and gas industry customers who rely on its optical gas imaging technology to improve efficiency and safety while ensuring compliance with methane mitigation regulations.