Let no threat go undetected: thermal imaging cameras and port security



Christiaan Maras, FLIR Commercial Systems B.V., Breda, The Netherlands


Thermal imaging cameras produce a crisp image in the darkest of nights. Based on subtle differences in temperature, called heat signatures, thermal imaging cameras create a crisp image in total darkness. Contrary to other technologies, thermal imaging needs no light whatsoever to produce a clear image, in practically all weather conditions – even broad daylight. The sun cannot blind a thermal imaging camera like it does a normal CCTV camera. Furthermore, thermal contrast is extremely difficult to mask, so people camouflaging themselves or hiding in bushes or shadows will seamlessly be detected.

Thermal imaging for port security
Thermal imaging cameras are ideal for 24-hour security and surveillance, as they can detect intruders in any light and weather conditions. They have been installed at numerous industrial facilities airports, petrochemical plants, nuclear facilities, and warehouses worldwide. They are also used in border surveillance programs, as they help ports comply with International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) regulations. The cameras can be deployed to help make ports less vulnerable to terrorist threats; prevent borders being breached by illegal immigrants and help protect warehouses from thieves and organized crime.

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