|Posted on March 24, 2013 at 3:20 AM|
Big news in the laser jammer industry for March 2013.
Stalker announced the release of the new "X-Series" LIDAR guns. These new LIDAR guns are extremely light and small. The aluminum housing has been replaced with a polycarbonate shell, effectively eliminating the fatigue brought on by other laser guns using metal housings. I can speak from experience that the first, second, and third generation Stalker LIDAR units(most recently the Stalker LR) were quite having, especially when you compared the units to the heavily used Kustom Prolaser III's. The new XLR version has a minimum range of less than 10 feet in range mode and 45 feet in speed mode. Normal approaching targets have a maximum speed reading at 4,000 feet! That is a full 1,000 feet more range than the Truspeed LR by Laser Technology. In comparison, the Stalker XLS LIDAR model that's cheaper than the LR, has a maximum range of 2000 feet and is comparable to the LTI TruSpeed gun stock model and the Truspeed S single hand model. It will be interesting to see how competitive the prices are because an LTI Truspeed S can be purchased for as little as $1595. State contracts have different prices. Unlike the Truspeed Series that claims "water resistance", the Stalker XLS and XLR are advertised to be completely waterproof! The beam divergence of the new units are following the industry trend of 3mrad's wide, or 3 feet wide at 1000 feet. In the past we've seen LIDAR units going down to 2.5 mrad's wide. The narrower the beam the harder it is for laser jammers to detect them. It would make total sense for the manufacturers to widen the beam if the laser diode isn't as powerful as previous models. With a wider beam you have a larger surface area to reflect, thus a cleaner and faster speed reading. The Stalker X series guns are both advertised to obtain a speed reading in less than .4 seconds, compared to the faster LTI Truspeed's that can clock a car in as little as .33 seconds. One important thing I noticed about the Stalker XLR and XLS is they don't have any advertised anti-laser jammer marketing propoganda. The Truspeed and Digital Ally LaserAlly guns both specifically advertise anti-laser jammer software, whereas Stalker completely leaves laser jammers out of the picture.
Click on picture above to see Stalker's new LIDAR gun.
If I was a police officer I would give Applied Concepts(Stalker) a call! These new guns seem like a real winner that easily compete with LTI's line up of LIDAR's. I imagine these units will be very inexpensive. I'm just glad they finally threw out the metal housing on these new guns. Nobody wants to carry a 5 pound(okay maybe it's not that heavy) weight for 8 hours a day. These new guns are 2.3 pounds and that includes the lithium ion battery that can last 3 shifts. Incredible!
"Stalker Radar introduces new X-Series traffic speed enforcement LIDARs.
San Diego, CA (Sept. 29) -- Stalker Radar and LIDAR, the World Leader in Speed Measurement unveiled its new X-Series traffic speed enforcement LIDARs at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition.
"The all-new Stalker LIDAR XLR and XS are the smallest and lightest hand-held, gun type lasers on the market today," according to Bill Fagan, Stalker Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Stalker Engineers achieved substantial reductions in size and weight through development of circuit miniaturization technologies and advanced manufacturing techniques.
"At 2.3 lbs. including the removable/rechargeable battery handle, the X-Series may be light but it's no lightweight," Fagan said. "The Li-Ion battery handle provides ample power to last two or more shifts, depending on how long and often speeds are measured. The ergonomic design, coupled with the light weight, makes the X-Series LIDAR comfortable and accurate to use.
"Acquisition time is under 0.4 second with solid tracking and the industries longest range."
The X-Series Long Range (XLR) is the best choice for targets as far as 4,000 feet away while the X-Series Standard (XS) is ideal for metropolitan and suburban departments.
The X-Series LIDARs feature rugged molded polycarbonate bodies that stand up to almost anything encountered during an officer's day or night.
Along with exclusive simultaneous speed/distance HUD display, both LIDAR models feature tracking (continuous) and single-shot modes with a variable auto tone corresponding to target speed, much like a radar's Doppler tone which many officers are already familiar. There is no tone when no target is being tracked, while tone repetition increases as the beam moves into the target and return signal quality increases.
Speeds can be measured from 1-299 mph, 2-481 km/h, and 2-344 knots, all with ±1 unit accuracy. They are waterproof and can operate from -22°F to 140°F.
Both the XLS and XS are FDA/CDRH CLASS 1M Laser Devices which means they are eye-safe.
The LIDAR X-Series is designed and manufactured exclusively by Stalker Radar, the World Leader in Speed Measurement. Law enforcement organizations, professional sports teams, and manufacturers around the globe requiring state of the art speed measurement applications look to Stalker Radar products for the utmost in quality and value."