History of Thermal Cameras
During the 1950s, while the Korean War was in full force, an ingenious invention surfaced. In order to improve night vision, the first IR (thermal) camera was invented. Soldiers were no longer forced to crawl through dark woods with zero visibility, but instead the thermal cameras allowed them to see any heat sources present. Since that time thermal cameras have grown, diversified, and increased in applications.
How Do Thermal Cameras Work
Typical surveillance cameras produce an image from visible light. Thermal cameras however utilize infrared radiation to create the image. This is a picture that is typically a myriad of different colors in order to differentiate between temperatures present.
Heat Mapping and Thermal Applications
There are countless applications for heat mapping with thermal cameras. Over the years, the mining industry has used this technology in order to better see thru the large amounts of dust created underground. They can regulate how hot their machines are getting, where people are, and then make decisions accordingly.
- Retail stores are utilizing heat mapping in order to optimize floor space. The heat map will show the “hot spots” in the store and therefore allow managers to determine which displays the majority of people are lingering near. Understanding which sections of the store get very low traffic allows designers to adapt appropriately.
- High risk compounds are utilizing thermal cameras in order to securely protect perimeters. Guards or managers viewing a thermal surveillance camera, have no trouble noticing a perpetrator attempting to climb a fence, or any personnel in a highly restricted zone.
- Electrical substations are beginning to be faced with the realization that their facilities are not as new as they once were. Aging equipment increases the probability of equipment going bad and blackouts ensuing. Many substations are investing in thermal cameras not only for security reasons but to monitor the heat of transformers as well.
Keep in mind that the applications for thermal cameras and heat mapping are endless. Take the time to think outside the box and consider whether you or your company has any applications for this technology.
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