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FLIR Systems Inc - Thermal Imaging for Estate Monitoring

FLIR Systems : 31 August, 2007  (New Product)
The need to detect a possible intruder up to several hundred metres away from the house during the day – and most importantly at night – has made a FLIR Systems thermal imaging camera the ideal candidate for securing a celebrity home. In addition to being operational 24/7 the camera adds the benefit of being effective in all weather conditions providing the on-site security team with intelligence to intercept and prevent a possible incident.
The model chosen for the job is the PTZ-50MS dual purpose camera. It twins a highly sensitive long wave thermal imaging camera with a long range daylight/low light camera and both are integrated into a compact and sealed, pan and tilt enclosure. This unique combination provides crisp, clear thermal imagery in total darkness, light fog, heavy rain and smoke.

The estate comprises several acres of land surrounded by open fields and forest and in addition to the house has several outbuildings including stable blocks and workshops. The thermal imaging capability of the FLIR Systems PTZ-50MS is particularly effective in this situation as it allows intruders to be spotted in undergrowth and foliage. Other camera options can not be this discerning and are completely ineffectual at night.

A number of daylight CCTV cameras had already been installed on the estate. These work well in optimum light conditions but their efficiency is compromised when light conditions change or in event of adverse weather conditions. The need to supplement this established system was clearly evident.

Due to the size and layout of the estate additional fencing and ground sensors were ruled as being impractical, visually intrusive and exceptionally costly. Furthermore the customer required the supplementary system to provide a visual image so that the detection of a possible intruder could be verified by the on-site security team.

The resultant solution comprises two PTZ-50MS cameras that are to be installed discretely onto the roof of the house. It will be integrated into the existing security network and its images displayed on the video wall in the security suite. The camera provides two separate video streams one from each camera and its operation will be via the serial control using Pelco D protocols.

An important feature of this camera for this application is its range. The PTZ-50MS is able to detect a would-be intruder up to 800 metres away and a car up to 2000m. This provides peace of mind for the owner as the surrounding arable land and forest can be enjoyed for its tranquillity rather than simply be regarded as a threat.

The PTZ-50MS camera will also be integrated into other alarm sources, such as sensors, allowing it to be slewed in the direction of the threat to provide visual verification. As a result the security team can be deployed only in the event of an incident enabling them to operate much more discretely.
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