Are Thermal Imaging Cameras Good Options for Security Surveillance


Security is the main concern these days whether it’s home, commercial space or area of national importance. These days, you will find CCTV cameras virtually everywhere, even in small shops. There are places that need just superficial scrutiny and for that any CCTV camera is fine. But then, there are places for which you need good HD recordings and hence you need to use advanced cameras.

A good CCTV camera is equipped to record footage perfectly only in daytime or clear weather. In extreme weather conditions like fog, snow, rain or very dim light, often the CCTV camera alone cannot provide absolute security. In such conditions, you need to complement it with other security measures and thermal imaging cameras are one of them. Thermal Cameras make use of the thermal energy emitted from an object to capture an image.

Some of the many benefits of using thermal cameras are:

No Visual limitations

Normal CCTV cameras have limitations when it comes to visual obscurants, whereas thermal cameras can see through all the visual barriers and hence it is immune to visual limitations. The only thing to keep in mind is to update them regularly so that criminals cannot use any malware to compromise on its working.

They Work in All Conditions

Thermal cameras work perfectly at any point of time whether day or night, clear weather or fog, snow or rain. They produce crisp images based on the temperature differences between objects and are equipped to capture the minutest details. Hikvision is one of the more well-known brands offering thermal cameras on the market.

Fewer False Alarms

When using thermal cameras, there are very few false alarms and if you see in a business security scenario, it’s a huge cost saving. One false alarm can cause a business to lose a lot of time, energy, and resources, but as advanced analytics software is used in thermal cameras there are very few false alarm incidents thus making them very cost-effective.

Low on Maintenance

These cameras mostly contain an uncooled Vanadium Oxide detector, which helps in producing excellent quality images. As there are no moving parts in these cameras, they require very low maintenance. Most CCTV cameras cannot cover an area beyond 200m at night and for that too, they need supplementary lighting, which is an added cost. No such costs are associated with thermal cameras.

All these factors and many more make thermal cameras an excellent option for security surveillance.

Warren William

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