Thermography for More Safety
Thermography offers a wide range of possible applications and so there are also numerous fields of usage in the area of security measures in which thermography systems are used. Their advantage over other safety precautions, such as visual cameras: they provide an overview of the current situation at all times and record temperature changes – regardless of weather, adverse ambient conditions or poor visibility.
With our system solutions, you can monitor bunkers and warehouses, steelworks, buildings as well as open spaces and plants to detect critical temperature changes at an early stage. A significant contribution to the safety of people, plants and the environment. Furthermore, thermography enables the detection of unauthorised persons on private property or in restricted zones.
Especially observation tasks for applications such as fire prevention and harbour protection, investigation, remote surveillance, border guard and the protection of critical infrastructure are great challenges. Powerful infrared cameras as well as thermal zoom cameras are getting more and more indispensable nowadays. By utilising a long range performance and high detector resolution both open and covered investigation is possible via extended distances. We present some further possible applications in the following.
Our services range from selling state-of-the-art thermographic cameras to comprehensive automation solutions – starting from individual problem analysis up to delivering turnkey projects as well as their maintenance and user trainings.
Case Studies about Thermography in Security
Infrared Cameras as Life Insurance for a Billion Dollar Project
Solar power plants usually suffer from the disadvantage that they only supply energy when the sun is shining during the day. CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) solar tower power plants are different: they charge a large thermal buffer storage during the day, which allows the continuous generation of electrical energy also at night‐time. One of these solar tower power plants recently went into operation in the middle of the Atacama coastal desert in Chile.
Fire Prevention for Open Areas and Warehouses
Thermography systems for early fire detection enable the non-contact, early detection of critical temperatures in warehouses or on open areas – even over long distances. They offer optimum fire protection even in heavily smoky or dusty air.
Harbour Protection – Infrared Cameras for Guarding Harbours
As important logistical hubs for freight and person shipping harbours and inland ports are always in focus of homeland security authorities. Important tasks are:
- Prevention of terroristic activities intending to disrupt a harbour's Operation
- Acting against illegal border crossing by detecting and tracking illegal immigration
Harbour Protection 24/7
Mobile FLIR (= Forward Looking InfraRed) can handle all kinds of ambitious facility protection tasks. The powerful infrared sensor achieves a very high identification option. This allows separating illegal persons from harbour staff. With infrared cameras from InfraTec it is possible to follow a suspect leaving a boat over a distance of 2 km even in total darkness. In extended harbour facilities approaching boats can be detected beyond a distance of 18 km with this FLIR – this capability yields enough time for counteractive measures.
No matter which illumination level is realised in a harbour, all monitoring options are available 24 hours a day. Nyxus Bird for example is more than just a monocular thermal sight. Image data may be observed via the ergonomic OLED viewfinder, but can be relayed via its USB or RS232 interface. In combination with the InfraTec IRBIS® 3 remote software package a complete remote operation of all device functions is possible.
The stationary VarioCAM® HD head series is the right choice for those who only intend to operate via deployed 24/7 operations – this is supported by the very compact, tough camera body and a choice of lenses offered. It also allows perfect integration into all kinds of ground vehicles, boats, vessels and airborne vehicles. The big choice of electronical interfaces allows tailoring various options for remote control and image acquisition.
For more Safety in Steel Production
Thermography systems are already an integral part of safety management in numerous steelworks around the world. With their help, temperature deviations as well as weak points and leaks are reliably detected.
Thermography for Plant Safety
Thermographic systems for the automatic monitoring of plants enable early detection of occurring deviations from the normal condition and provide important measurement data for the optimal and safe operation of a plant.
Site Protection – Infrared Cameras for Protecting Facilities
The current global threat level against critical infrastructure facilities has created new challenges for those in charge of contemporary homeland security. These challenges are influence by:
- Complex industrial facilities or buildings with critical illumination conditions
- Remote and extended facilities in a dark environment
- A high demand for flexibility to avoid predictable surveillance patterns
Automatic Site Surveillance with Infrared Cameras
IROD (InfraRed Object Detection) is a modularly built, high-resolution thermal image monitoring system with manual intervention options. It provides the securing of extensive outdoor areas and security zones even at night as under bad viewing conditions.The intrusion and movement of unauthorised persons or vehicles can be reliably detected and documented. Local light sources do not create obstacles or glare – another advantage against conventional night vision.
Infrared Cameras for Remote Surveillance
Always a Perfect Overview
Due to the current global security situation, the capabilities of units which have to approach this by the means of remote surveillance must be increased. To minimise the risk of counter intelligence detection and perception by the observed persons or vehicles, an excellent range performance is indispensable. Top-class infrared cameras are very efficient operating resources and proven performers.
Monitoring distant vehicles, persons or buildings is a application field dominated by infrared cameras. The advantages are:
- Very obvious range performance advantages against tube-based night vision
- 24/7 observation option during fog, through smoke and under any illumination conditions
- Completely passive technology which escapes counter intelligence activities
They are Used For
- 24/7 surveillance of rural and urban operation areas
- Tracking and pursuing of person- and vehicle-related activities over a several km distance
- Long-term observation of certain buildings or facilities regarding structural alterations
Border Guard – Infrared Cameras for Protecting Borders
Monitoring country borders and the related hinterland are essential components of contemporary homeland security. Operational areas include:
- Long-distance observation and surveillance of specific border sections
- Detection, recognition and tracking of suspicious vehicles or persons close to a borderline
- Pursuing illegal activities in sometimes complex and inaccessible areas beyond the actual border
Protecting Territory Efficiently
Powerful infrared cameras are proven performers and efficient tools for this application area. More than 300 units for the EU-supported BOMUK and EUBAM missions in the Ukraine and Moldavia are an outstanding reference.
Infrared Cameras are Used For:
- Surveying of border sections at any time, also in densely wooded, inaccessible areas or borderline waters
- Tracking of person-related or vehicle activities over a distance of several kilometers
- Documentation of illegal border activities
Investigation – Infrared Cameras for Investigations
Progressive thermal imaging technology expands the options of crime police investigation work:
- Very obvious range performance advantages against tube-based night vision
- Usable under any light conditions
- Completely passive technology
The Quick and Proof Positive Track to the Alleged Criminal
In these days crime police investigations require more intricate and evidential tools than ever. State-of-the-art observational technology is a must to fulfill the complex judicial and tactical tasks required nowadays. Infared cameras provide very useful infrared image data even under pitch black observing conditions.
The Tactical Scenarios Cover:
- Finding and tracing of suspects
- Identification of persons and vehicles
- Search for crime victims
Search and Rescue – Infrared Cameras for SAR Applications
Saving Lives with Thermal Images
The infrared sensors from InfraTec allow searching for missed persons even over a distance of several kilometers. Even thick smoke can be penetrated to achieve the requested performance and goal of saving victims.
When searching or rescueing injured or missing persons seconds always count. High-sensitive thermal cameras can provide the important minutes required to save lives and they are used for:
- Searching and rescueing in offshore or inland waters
- Search for injured persons and survivors of plane / helicopter crashes
- Searching activities related to massive disaster situations i.e. major fires