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What is a Thermal CCTV Camera

An Infrared Thermal CCTV Camera (also known as a thermal imager) detects and measures the infrared energy of objects. The camera converts that infrared data into an electronic image that shows the apparent surface temperature of the object being measured.

Where to find a Thermal CCTV in Kenya

If you wish to purchase a Thermal CCTV camera, Bigtec Solutions are the top dealer.

A Thermal CCTV Camera is made up of a lens, a thermal sensor, processing electronics, and mechanical housing. The lens focuses infrared energy onto the sensor. The sensor can come in a variety of pixel configurations from 80 × 60 to 1280 × 1024 pixels or more. This is the resolution of the camera.

These resolutions are low in comparison to visible light imagers because thermal detectors need to sense the energy that has much larger wavelengths than visible light, requiring each sensor element to be significantly larger. As a result, a Thermal CCTV Camera usually has a much lower resolution (fewer pixels) than visible sensors of the same mechanical size.

Important specifications to consider when choosing a thermal camera include resolution, range, field of view, focus, thermal sensitivity, and spectral range

What are Thermal CCTV Cameras able to detect?

Heat sensed by an infrared camera can be very precisely measured, allowing for a large variety of applications. A FLIR Thermal CCTV Camera can detect tiny differences in heat—as small as 0.01°C—and display them as shades of grey or with different color palettes.

Everything we encounter in our day-to-day lives gives off thermal energy—even ice. The hotter something is the more thermal energy it emits. This emitted thermal energy is called a “heat signature.” When two objects next to one another have even subtly different heat signatures, they show up quite clearly to a thermal sensor regardless of lighting conditions. This allows Thermal CCTV Cameras to see in complete darkness or smoke-filled environments.

Thermal CCTV Cameras can see many things our eyes or regular cameras can’t see but can be blocked by some surprising materials

Benefits of Thermal CCTV Cameras

Low-Light Scenarios
When CCTV Cameras are monitoring the perimeter of a building, they often must deal with low-light scenarios (for example, during nighttime hours). This is an area in which thermal imaging cameras can truly shine.

Immune to Visual limitations

Visible CCTV Cameras, much like our eyes, often have trouble seeing through naturally occurring visual obscurants that block reflected light. However, because thermal radiation passes through these visual barriers, Thermal CCTV cameras can see what going on where visible cameras cannot.

Camouflaging Foliage

Regular CCTV Cameras that capture only visible light can be fooled, in some cases, by visual camouflage, or in situations where similar colors or patterns blend together. This can make objects or people that need to be detected unobservable.

Fewer False Alarms

Thermal imaging CCTV Cameras often prove cost-effective in a business protection scenario, because they help reduce the number of false alarms. This is accomplished using advanced analytics software that can perform at its highest caliber with the high-contrast images and video that Thermal CCTV Camera provides.

Higher Return on Investment

Thermal Imaging CCTV Cameras are a very affordable option for many businesses that want to ensure they have the best security and protection solution on the market today. The total cost of ownership of a security system with Thermal imaging CCTV Cameras is, in general, much lower than a CCTV security system. For example, due to their incredible range performance, fewer thermal imaging CCTV Cameras are required on projects than would be needed with the use of visible cameras.

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