Infrared Light Shows Temperature Differences
How Thermal Imaging Works
Advantages of Thermal Imaging
All objects, both natural and manmade, emit infrared energy as heat. By detecting very subtle temperature differences of everything in view, infrared (or thermal imaging) technology reveals what otherwise would be invisible to the naked eye. Even in complete darkness and challenging weather conditions, thermal imaging gives users the ability to see the unseen.
First developed for military purposes, thermal imaging has since been adopted by law enforcement, fire and rescue teams, security professionals, maintenance operations, and more. This technology can be used to detect approaching people or vehicles, to track the footsteps of a fugitive, or to learn why a fire resists extinguishment.
- For law enforcement and security staff, thermal imaging detects suspicious activity over long distances in total darkness and through fog, smoke, dust, foliage, and many other obscurants. This allows officers to approach in stealth mode and make better informed decisions more quickly. Cameras may be handheld, vehicle-mounted, tripod-mounted, or weapon-mounted.
- For security and surveillance systems, thermal imaging cameras complement CCTV cameras to provide comprehensive threat detection and integrate seamlessly with larger networks.
- For predictive maintenance, thermal imaging reveals "hot spots" where failure may be imminent in many electrical and industrial facilities and installations.
- For OEM manufacturers, thermal imaging camera cores are small, light, and have flexible/intelligent designs for easy integration.
Videos & Applications
Thermal Imaging Videos
Thermal Imaging Facts vs. Fiction
Shedding Light on the Dark
Law Enforcement Applications
Law Enforcement: Apprehending the Bandanna Bandit
Firefighters: Saving Zach
Firefighters: Tracking a 5-Alarm Fire
Predictive Maintenance: Finding a Hot Spot