Why use Thermal Imaging cameras and systems?
Thermal cameras can be used day and night and thermal cores can be combined with visual cameras (CCD) for greater flexibility. They are operational in all weather conditions, without the requirement for supplementary lighting to illuminate boundaries or areas of surveillance.
Thermal imaging cameras are low maintenance with a very low energy consumption. Most large-scale industrial and power generation processes have an inherent risk from build up of unwanted heat, that can cause fire as well as contributing to increased operating costs and reduced efficiencies. Thermal imaging systems provide the best way of measuring changes in heat and therefore preventing fire risk. Not only is this important for the safety of the plant and operators, but monitoring is more frequently becoming an insurance requirement. Each system can be precisely tailored to to the application. Using a high resolution infrared detector to locate hot spots, the system can also incorporate a high definition visual camera to aid scene interpretation. Temperature changes less than 1°C can be detected, thus providing an early warning of any potential over heating or fire risks.
These cameras are ideal for use in fire prevention or detection applications in waste to energy sites, power stations, electricity generation, biomass sites, rubber tyre & chemical processing sites and many more.
When used in security applications for surveillance, it is extremely difficult to avoid detection as thermal contrast is impossible to conceal. Thermal cameras are extremely effective in security applications such as counter-terror, critical infrastructure monitoring, covert surveillance, government and iconic buildings, private properties, car parks, airport security, maritime, and even vehicle mounted surveillance.
Thermal cameras can be used as stand-alone systems or as part of fully integrated security systems, activated by Perimeter Intrusion Detection (PIDS) measures or operated by security staff.