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Thermal imaging

What is Thermal imaging

It is a method of improving visibility of objects in the dark or near-absolute darkness by detecting the objects' infrared radiation, thus creating an image based on that information. Generally, thermal imaging, near-infrared illumination, low-light imaging are the three night vision technologies used. However, thermal imaging works in environments without any ambient light and can penetrate smoke, fog and haze.

Thermal Imaging Devices

Most thermal-imaging devices scan at a rate of 30 times per second. They can sense temperatures ranging from -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius) to 3,600 F (2,000 C), and can normally detect changes in temperature of about 0.4 F (0.2 C).

Two common types of thermal-imaging devices:

Un-cooled - This is the most common type of thermal-imaging device. The infrared-detector elements are contained in a unit that operates at room temperature. This type of system is completely quiet, activates immediately and has the battery built right in.

Cryogenically cooled - More expensive and more susceptible to damage from rugged use, these systems have the elements sealed inside a container that cools them to below 32 F (zero C). The advantage of such a system is the incredible resolution and sensitivity that result from cooling the elements. Cryogenically-cooled systems can "see" a difference as small as 0.2 F (0.1 C) from more than 1,000 ft (300 m) away, which is enough to tell if a person is holding a gun at that distance.

Functions and applications of thermal imaging – a night vision technology

The military uses night vision to locate enemy targets at night, as well as for navigation, surveillance and targeting. Thermal-imaging and image-enhancement technologies are used by the police and security for surveillance. Hunters and nature enthusiasts use NVDs to maneuver through the woods at night.

Applications:

  • Military
  • Law enforcement
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife observation
  • Surveillance
  • Security
  • Navigation
  • Hidden-object detection
  • Entertainment
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Thermal imaging - Applications
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Thermal imaging - News
FLIR Systems launches FB-Series ID thermal fixed bullet camera with intrusion and perimeter detection
15 December, 2017: FLIR Systems, Inc. introduces the FB-Series ID, the latest fixed bullet thermal security camera in the FB-Series family. Combining best-in-class thermal image detailing and high-performance onboard analytics,...
Download: How to catch shoplifters with thermal imaging
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Synectics at UK Security Expo 2017: Don’t let misconceptions derail CNI systems integration
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Bosch new Video Management System 8.0 offers more video for less power
20 November, 2017: The new Video Management System 8.0 (BVMS 8.0) from Bosch offers stitching, GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) decoding and 64-bit function – all of which allows surveillance-operators respond faster to...
Tamron announces new shutterless thermal camera module
8 November, 2017: Tamron Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, has announced the development of a thermal camera module. Stable thermal images In general, a thermal camera module needs to...
IndigoVision announces BX Thermal Bullet Camera for low-light, long-range monitoring applications
7 November, 2017: IndigoVision, a developer of end-to-end video security solutions, is delighted to announce the launch of its new BX Thermal Bullet Camera. With outstanding thermal sensitivity technology, IndigoVision's BX Thermal...
Dahua Technology exhibits “Cloud Ecosystem, Smart Future”, at CPSE 2017
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Genetec announces launch of Citigraf: New public safety decision support system
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The 8.3MP/1080p MegaVideo® 4K dual mode network camera is the new generation of Arecont Vision’s MegaVideo cameras. This fully compliant implementation of H.264 (MPEG-4, Part 10) provides full 3840 x 2160 megapixel resolution at full video frame rates of 30 frames per second (fps) at 8MP and 60fps while in 1080p binning mode.

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