Over the last few years, SWIR infrared technology has carved a foothold as one of the most effective solutions for improving quality control processes within the food and beverage industry...
May 05 . 3min read
In today's world, security and surveillance clearly feature high on the list of essential needs, not only for the public and private spheres, but also for professional and domestic applications. Greater protective measures are required to shield people from harm, while improving the safety of the buildings and infrastructures used in our everyday lives. One pathway for ramping up the level of protection involves implementing systems that are capable of monitoring and detecting issues affecting our cities, engineered structures, roads and highways, without forgetting factories and even our homes.
Surveillance solutions are becoming increasingly specialized and sophisticated as vendors consistently strive to boost their performance and simplify their use. Infrared technology plays a major role in keeping surveillance solutions ahead of the innovation curve by raising their efficiency, producing increasingly discreet designs and simplifying implementation.
We are going to show you how the infrared technology can improve the performance of the surveillance systems used in different applications.
Appropriate solutions are required to provide surveillance in cities and public spaces. They must be capable of delivering superlative visibility at any time of the day and whatever the conditions. Infrared detectors boast perfect viewing quality even during the middle of the night or when weather conditions take a turn for the worse. The bottom line is that they do not require any additional lighting.
Another advantage with these detectors is their ever-miniaturized designs, meaning that they can even be embedded in cameras where space is at a premium.
Users can leverage their heat detection capabilities to immediately interpret what is happening in front of the camera, which is especially useful for spotting intruders.
Infrared detectors can be combined with artificial intelligence to automatically detect and flag intrusions and other offenses in real time by firing off alerts to surveillance centers or triggering other specific actions.
Road traffic surveillance and advanced driver-assistance systems
Infrared detectors can be incorporated into surveillance systems to improve traffic conditions, especially at night. If vehicles are starting to congest along a given section of highway or at an intersection, cameras can view the bottlenecks and send images to the traffic control center, so that steps can be taken to ease the gridlock, such as coordinating traffic signal lights to streamline the flow of traffic.
Infrared detectors can also be embedded directly into vehicles to improve driver safety, whether analyzing the driver's behavior as part of an advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) or detecting obstacles up to 300 meters in front of the vehicle for the most sophisticated systems.
Production line surveillance
Infrared detectors are capable of keeping pace with fast-moving production lines. They improve quality control procedures and guarantee enhanced production performance. Surveillance systems for food production lines can spot and flag food products that are damaged, wrongly graded or affected by external contamination.
Surveillance solutions in the pharmaceutical industry can identify manufacturing defects, see through plastic containers to spot any missing products, automatically check drug quality and even carry out deeper, non-invasive probing on biological samples.
Surveillance of Buildings and infrastructures
Infrared detectors are especially suited to keeping a close eye on electrical infrastructures, since they are capable of preventing fires by notifying operators of any hotspots that are invisible to the naked eye.
They can also protect the environment by pinpointing gas leaks across industrial installations and therefore acting as an early warning system for any potential explosions or pollution.
Surveillance for crops and animal species
Infrared sensors address the growing need among the farming community for quick, user-friendly and non-invasive solutions to gain intel on the development and properties of their crops.
They can be fitted to long-distance drones to examine acres of cropland and help map the different wildlife corridors with the aim of safeguarding biodiversity.
Lastly, they are extremely useful for keeping a close eye on fire-prone forests and woodland. Infrared detectors can see hotspots signaling a potential fire outbreak, whether at night or in areas shrouded by dense foliage.
Infrared detectors have become tremendously widespread in recent years. This leading-edge technology can bring its services and performance to drive a growing range of applications, whether professional, domestic, civil or military. With their affordable price tag and mainstream technology, infrared detectors are gaining traction in an increasing number of industrial markets across Europe, especially the smart buildings sector and the food and drink industry.
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