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Thermal Imaging Infrared Camera

A thermal camera capture and create an image of an object by using infrared radiation emitted from the object in a process that is called thermal imaging. The created image represents the temperature of the object. The underlying technology of the thermal imaging cameras was first developed for the military.
An infrared (IR) camera can help increase your productivity on the job, whether you’re tasked with inspecting electrical power lines, searching for faults in wiring or trying to find the source of energy loss in a home or commercial building. It’s therefore very important to choose an IR camera—or thermal imaging camera—that will offer not only the features you need to work efficiently, but also the quality, technical support and service that add value to your investment.
The common standard today for thermal camera is showing warmer, objects with a yellow-orange hue that gets brighter as the object gets hotter. Colder objects are displayed with a blue or purple color.
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Infrared radiation (IR) is emitted by every object above a temperature of -273°C. The human eye cannot detect infrared radiation, but an infrared camera can. It can take pictures of objects to show the amount of heat they are emitting. Such pictures consist of a map of colors that show surface temperatures of the object. An infrared camera is an invaluable diagnostic tool in a variety of industries, as it can detect abnormally hot or cold areas or components. In other words, you can detect problems that are not normally visible with the naked eye.
The best thermal imaging cameras allow you to explore the world in a whole new way. They let you see, measure and capture temperature differences, accurately and from a safe distance.
Beyond the visible spectrum, there is an unseen world of heat radiation. Arty infrared film photographs aside, the practical uses of thermal imaging devices – also known as infrared thermal imagers – traditionally belonged only to military and professional budgets. But now anyone can access thermal imaging, whether you want to spot heat sources in dark places – ideal for wildlife spotting – or identify where heat is being lost from your property.
Beyond basic engineering applications, the emergency services are among the more familiar users of thermal detection cameras today. The technology is deployed regularly in scenarios including firefighting, night-time police pursuits, and disaster response search and rescue.
However, there are a number of other widespread uses of thermal imaging cameras today that may be less obvious. In this section, we’ll look briefly at some of the more common scenarios.
Thermal imaging cameras for fire detection
Thermal imaging not only helps firefighters to locate survivors in low-visibility conditions where dust, fog, ash and other contaminants occlude visibility – it can also help detect hotspots, further potential sources of ignition, or indicate the presence of still-burning fires which may be originating from unexpected locations (such as underground or within cavity walls, for example).
Thermal security cameras
Almost all business premises today deploy security camera technologies in one form or another. In recent years, it has become increasingly standard practice to rely on thermal imaging surveillance equipment for the best possible results in terms of protection, identification and return on investment.
Thermal security cameras reliably perform very well in low light and poor visibility areas, as well as providing the ability to strip away much of the visual camouflage – such as dense foliage – that’s often found close to offices and warehousing. In addition, thermal imaging CCTV cameras are usually bundled with smart sensors and advanced analytics technology, helping to reduce the number of false alarms.
Finally, heat detection-based systems are often cheaper to install and run long-term than standard CCTV setups, which need to be placed along every available line of sight in order to be fully effective – and which frequently require costly additional lighting to be rigged nearby in order to provide even basic functionality.
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