Further integration from cameras, goggles and scopes into other video systems and share the feed with multiple "users"
Night vision in color? A common request is to have black and white images versus the traditional green screen
Further introduction of ENVG fused night vision systems into law enforcement use
Moving the analong night vision tubes into the digital realm
Including tactical wireless technologies
Smaller, lighter, more powerful
Develop a law enforcement equipment specification for night vision equipment to lower the cost
Looking to buy? What to look for
Warranty, under 5 years is probably not "new" technology
Power supply, gated or non-gated
Signal to noise ratio
Equivalent Background Illumination (EBI)
Price point, new probably won't be under $2,000
Generation 0 - active infrared, the first night vision systems employed special infrared "search-lights." They were large with filters to see the illumination. Easily detected, had limited range and worked poorly in bad weather or smoky conditions.
Generation 1 - passive infrared, used same image-intensifier tube as Gen. 0 but relied more on ambient light instead of the infrared "search-light," this technology was more covert