THERMAL IMAGING FOR SURVEILLANCE APPLICATIONS
Security, Fire, Law Enforcement, Maritime, Military and more
Facilities Security – Many companies rely on the open and outdoor display of products as the basis of their business, such as automobiles and boats. In most cases, the only security available at night in these situations is a visual camera looking over a highly lit area. Because of either economic and/or power supply considerations, serious concerns are now being presented as to the future viability of this approach. Because of IR imaging’s ability to detect intruders without any artificial light, a company can significantly reduce its outdoor lighting requirement or eliminate it all together.
Fire Control - Fire management, whether for natural resource fires, crash fires, or urban building fires, present many challenges to those that are fighting the fires and to those that are managing the fight. Information is the key. An IR camera is a "natural" fire fighters tool in the effort to gain this valuable real-time tactical information. Since it is a technology designed to sense and display heat signatures, the cameras provides “sight” in dark and smoke filled environments, which is invaluable in the decision making process.
Law Enforcement - Most illegal activities occur in the darkness of night. So how does one observe an area looking for lawbreakers at night when no means of visual sight is available? Using spotlights to see what is happening modifies the very behavior that is being witnessed. IR cameras allow one to set back at a safe and unnoticeable distance and record the activity as it occurs, in total darkness and without the need for artificial lighting.
Search and Rescue – Historically, being forced to call off a search for a lost survivor because it got too dark out to see was a fact of life. IR camera technology mitigates this problem by treating the victim as a heat source providing a visual representation of
the scene to the rescuer, making the historically
impossible darkness into a simple inconvenience.
Marine Surveillance - The recreational use of our waterways continues to explode and the need, or desire, for management tools to help ensure these waterways are safe and secure continues to grow as well. IR cameras are great marine environment tool, whether the need is law enforcement patrol, ensuring both the legal and safe use of our waterways, or the need is accident avoidance for a ferry service.
Mobil Surveillance - Bad behavior does not always occur in a controlled area. If a security responsibility includes a large area that can only be covered by a mobile patrol, IR cameras are a small and a very portable option.
Maintaining Perimeter Integrity - Most protected facilities, such as power utilities or refineries, are enclosed in protective fencing or are bordered by water. While these security measures provide a certain level of protection, they only act as a nuisance obstacle at night for someone intent on vandalism, theft, or protest. IR cameras can augment and sometimes completely replace conventional mobile patrols at night - in total darkness.
Facility Safety – Many facilities have large un-lit parking lots or dark walkways, each presenting some risk to employees and patrons that have to use them. An IR camera will make those dark, invisible areas visible for the security posts that are tasked with securing them.
Event/Crowd Management - Many events are conducted in the evening hours when an individual bent on illegal activities can use the darkness to take the greatest advantage of an unsuspecting victim. IR imaging technology is a proven method in detecting and defeating criminal activity in dark alleys and remote parking lots, for example, or in hidden vegetation obscured corners.
Military - Numerous military uses are possible with thermal imaging cameras. Recently the US Navy purchased several ToughCam Pro's for electrical inspections on submarines and other naval facilities. The use of thermal imaging supercedes night vision in military applications where natural luminance is not available. For more information please call us.
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