Darlington's Solo Ti suppliers of thermal imaging products for NASA, The White House and Formula One

PUBLISHED: 18:35 26 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:40 20 February 2013

Victoria McLaren and James Brooks with two of the thermal imaging cameras produced by their company, Solo Ti

Victoria McLaren and James Brooks with two of the thermal imaging cameras produced by their company, Solo Ti

The White House, NASA, the SAS and Formula 1 racing teams are all thankful for the pioneering equipment produced by a small family firm in Darlington. Andrew Smith checks out their global credentials

Making the world safer for those who live and work on the edge of extreme danger is the everyday business of an innovative North East firm with a global reputation for its life-saving products

Darlington-based family firm Solo Ti, produces thermal imaging cameras used by firefighters, search and rescue teams, security staff, and the pit-lane crews of Formula 1 motor racing. Its blue-chip clients include the White House, the SAS, the NASA space agency, practically every major cruise ship operator and all the Formula 1 racing teams.

Cameras developed by Solo Ti are used for long-range security at the White House, allowing staff to see through smoke in the event of a fire or a terrorist attack, NASA ground crew and members of the armed forces use the equipment and pit crews of Formula 1, for whom the risk of fire is a constant threat, use the Solo unifit fire helmet.

Now the company is developing cutting-edge technology for building surveyors and vets, where it is particularly effective in identifying ailments and injuries in horses.

Product director James Brooks, whose family founded and own Solo Ti, said: In the past three years we have developed our own camera core under European licence, making thermal imaging cameras much more affordable and capable of being adapted for a wider range of uses than was previously the case.

We have an international reputation for supplying groundbreaking and extremely reliable cameras but we now want to make the UK and, in particular, the North East aware of how our products can be used to identify defects in electrical and mechanical preventative maintenance, as well as building construction and to assist vets in the treatment of their equine patients.

Solo Ti produces a specific marine approved firefighting helmet called Solotic, the only helmet of its kind in the world, which is on board every
major cruise ship around the world.

Solo was set up by James Brooks and his sister Victoria McLaren who
between them have over 25 years experience in the thermal imaging industry. Managing director Victoria said: Thermal imaging has many practical uses for surveyors and vets. We have been using our cameras at a local stables to help in the diagnosis and treatment of ailments and injuries in horses, with excellent results.

We are eager to talk to surveyors and vets and to demonstrate how the cameras can assist in their work. We also welcome visitors to our factory, where we can demonstrate the full versatility of thermal imaging in many different situations.

Solo Ti offer a scanning service to clients, with scans starting at 40 each,
while a thermal imaging camera costs from 2,650.

When the opportunity came to relocate to Darlington two years ago, we set up in the town, Victoria added. There are now ten of us and we are looking to expand further as the surveying and equine application of our product grows.

For more information on Solo Ti log on to www.Solo-ti.co.uk.

The print version of this article appeared in the August 2012 issue of North East Life

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