May, 13, 2011
A new tool for seeing in total darkness, in the most diverse weather conditions is thermal imaging. Thermal imaging is the use of a thermal imaging camera to "see" thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal imaging cameras produce images of invisible infrared or "heat" radiation. Based on temperature differences between objects, thermal imaging produces a crisp image on which the smallest of details can be seen. They work both during daytime and nighttime.
Infrared thermal camera penetrates through haze, smoke, rain, snow and total darkness to detect target from far distance. These thermal imaging cameras can be used for mobile, pan-tilt-zoom and fixed mount scenarios, ideal for security, perimeter monitoring, nuclear security and force protection. They can enhance or even replace your traditional daylight or lowlight CCTV systems, acting as security fence to bank, government building, nuclear power plant, petroleum and chemical plant, warehouse, port and airport where are vulnerable to theft and terrorist attack.
Most new applications for thermal imaging have been developed over the past year or so. One of the more recent Hot Topics for thermal imaging is the detection of humans with a fever in order to combat SARS around the globe. The infrared camera can scan large numbers of people travelling past a given point and alarm on individuals with elevated temperatures for further evaluation. Some of the more common and traditional thermography applications include:
o Process control
o Predictive maintenance & preventative maintenance in electrical power transmission equipment and predictive maintenance in machinery
o Non-destructive testing (NDT) of critical components and preventive maintenance of online systems.
o Energy audits of commercial and residential structures in order to determine the energy efficiency of the building (building diagnostics)
o Corona detection in power line insulators
o Roofing diagnostics that determine wet and damaged insulation or leaks in flat roof structures
o Heat loss evaluation of buildings and products
o Flow evaluation / monitor for steam lines, steam traps, water pipes and oil pipelines
o Equine preventative checkups for lameness prevention, hoof abscess and a variety of common horse ailments
o Human medicine including breast cancer detection and university / government studies
o Breast cancer detection
o Verification of soft tissue injury to prevent insurance fraud
o Surveillance / Stakeout force protection
o Riot control / Recon
o Suspect pursuit and capture
o Perimeter control of critical installations
o Wild fire recon and hot spot detection for mop up operations
o Poor visibility navigation on land and at sea
o Flammable liquid detection in drums and storage tanks. Tank level detection of various gasses and fluids.
o Victim location (dead or alive)
o Search and rescue
o Oil spill location and containment
o Vessel Identification for secure harbor monitoring
o Anti-terrorism efforts on open borders
o Homeland security
o Wildlife observation and control
o Wildfire hot spot detection
o Wilderness search and rescue
o Poaching control
o Geo-thermal event detection
o Driver safety at night
o Enhanced visibility in stormy conditions day or night
o Reduce the risk of hitting animals in the road
o Engine / system diagnostics
and the list goes on.....
You can see that almost anything that you can come up with can be tested with the thermal camera systems that we offer.