Five types of Thermal Imaging Cameras

Thermal imaging cameras for wildlife

All growing applications of thermal imaging technology today are wildlife photography, animal tracking, and environmental monitoring. IR cameras equipped with intelligent sensors can be installed and left unmanned in natural habitats, automatically triggering in the presence of nocturnal or otherwise hard-to-spot wildlife. This makes it possible to monitor species and behaviors much more comprehensively in some regions than was previously possible.

Additionally, enthusiastic spotters and trackers also rely on thermal detection to help locate warm-blooded animals in poor visibility, circumvent visible camouflage conditions, or remain aware of non-targets in hunting or growth areas that would otherwise be at risk of damage.

Thermal security cameras

Today nearly every business premise deploys security camera technologies in one form or another. In recent years, relying on thermal imaging surveillance equipment has become increasingly standard practice for the best possible outcomes regarding protection, identification, and return on investment.

Reliably, thermal security cameras perform very well in low light and low visibility areas and provide the ability to remove much of the visual camouflage that is often found near offices and warehousing, such as dense foliage. However, thermal imaging CCTV cameras are typically bundled with smart sensors and advanced analytics technology, reducing the number of false alarms.

Finally, heat detection-based systems are often cheaper to install and run on a long-term basis than standard CCTV setups, which need to be placed along every available line of sight to be fully efficient, which often require expensive additional lighting to be rigged nearby to provide even basic functionality.

Industrial infrared cameras

Most existing thermal imaging cameras are explicitly licensed for industrial use, with different specifications and manufacturing requirements available on the UK market to suit various exceptionally demanding applications and environments.

Examples include cameras approved for use in areas exposed to explosive gasses (e.g., petrochemical industry); in applications below ground such as mining; or around large concentrations of airborne particulate matter in sectors such as sugar processing and grain handling.

If you are likely to need a specific certification for your industrial infrared camera, always check with suppliers and consult the manufacturing guidelines to confirm that all relevant standards have been met-such as the ATEX and IECEx approval for safe use in explosive atmospheres in zone 1.

Thermal imaging marine cameras

There is some fascinating marine thermal imaging use, not least as a significant boost to collision detection systems while sailing at night, in fog, or during extreme weather conditions. Although underwater thermal imaging per se is, as discussed earlier, very limited in its usefulness (even with the most advanced technologies), it is not uncommon today to see heat detection cameras manufactured to marine grade standards and installed in numerous positions aboard seagoing vessels of all sizes.

Thermal imaging cameras for fire detection

Thermal imaging not only helps firefighters identify survivors in low visibility environments where vision is blurred by dust, fog, ash, and other pollutants-it may also help detect hotspots, other possible causes of combustion, or signal the existence of still-burning fires that may originate from unknown locations such as underground or cavity walls.

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