Lightsticks for Police applications

Cyalume batons used for road safety, night-time-checks

For night-time road safety, Cyalume products are used for road traffic control in the dark. They can be used with a directional handle or with cone supports placed on top of site cones or Lubeck cones.

Cyalume sticks are also used for:

  • Night marking of an obstacle or of a vehicle immobilized in the night with a stick mounted on a magnetic base
  • Danger marking, immediate identification of a hazard
  • Zone night marking on the road
  • Directional information on the road (by forming an arrow) in visible or IR versions

Lighting for marking personnel, equipment and clues

Police forces use a red mini-stick for the fixed gaze horizontal nystagmus test (immediate detection of suspected substance use. No interference with the cornea).

  • Personnel marking on crime scene (using LightShape or VisiPad markers which can be attached to any type of support).
  • Personal identification attached to bulletproof vest.
  • Helmet or clothing markings during operations.
  • Various markings during night firing practice

Lightsticks for making buildings safe

  • Scanning of a suspicious zone: toss a self-activating stick into a dark place to enable police forces to identify an immediate danger. Officers avoid becoming a potential target.
  • Assistance in searching in a confined space inside smoke-filled buildings or built-up or partly demolished zones.
  • Immediate identification on ground impact in a zone to be explored free of risk in potential presence of chemicals in the area (the product can be used in an explosive space).
  • Color marking in the dark (red = hazardous area / green = clear area).

Lightsticks used for medical triage operations

Cyalume lightsticks or lighted markers are used for:

  • identifying command teams (color code during exercises).
  • identifying each evacuee with high visibility, easily located by rescue teams.
  • Illuminating triage areas.

Indicating a position with emergency egress (using an SOS), holding the signal light high and moving it in a circle to be spotted more easily.

Cyalume infrared batons have many applications in law enforcement

  • Infrared vehicle marking for police operations at night (discrete tailing at a distance by affixing it under a bumper).
  • IR stick for covert operations or searches in confined spaces.
  • Marking out of routes and landing zones.

In the IR range, Cyalume products are of two types:

Reflective products like flags, patches, bands, IR armbands etc.

  • These products have to be illuminated by an IR source (750 to 900 nm) to react
  • Their reflective power depends on the IR source
  • Ideally, the IR illumination source should be coaxial with the night vision goggles (NVG)
  • Depending on the NVG model, acquisition distances will vary enormously: a few tens of meters with a Lucie type NVG to several hundreds of meters with a US NVS 14. It depends on the strength of the IR beam.

IR chemiluminescent products giving off IR light when activated (750 to 900 nm)

  • All the lighted batons
  • The circular markers LightShape and the rectangular markers Visipad

Retro-reflective and photoluminescent products CyFlect fill out the range of ChemLight and SnapLight sticks. Available as bands (sew-on or adhesive), belts or numbered identification patches, retro-reflective and photoluminescent products reflect projected light and store up natural or artificial light to restore it in the dark.

Rolls and square patches of infrared material are also available for more discrete identification, visible to Night Vision Goggles.

The related Cyalume products