15 September 2004 Security surveillance challenges and proven thermal imaging capabilities in real-world applications
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Uncooled thermal imaging was first introduced to the public in early 1980's by Raytheon (legacy Texas Instruments Defense Segment Electronics Group) as a solution for military applications. Since the introduction of this technology, Raytheon has remained the leader in this market as well as introduced commercial versions of thermal imaging products specifically designed for security, law enforcement, fire fighting, automotive and industrial uses. Today, low cost thermal imaging for commercial use in security applications is a reality. Organizations of all types have begun to understand the advantages of using thermal imaging as a means to solve common surveillance problems where other popular technologies fall short. Thermal imaging has proven to be a successful solution for common security needs such as: · vision at night where lighting is undesired and 24x7 surveillance is needed · surveillance over waterways, lakes and ports where water and lighting options are impractical · surveillance through challenging weather conditions where other technologies will be challenged by atmospheric particulates · low maintenance requirements due to remote or difficult locations · low cost over life of product Thermal imaging is now a common addition to the integrated security package. Companies are relying on thermal imaging for specific applications where no other technology can perform.
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Glen L. Francisco, Sharon Roberts, "Security surveillance challenges and proven thermal imaging capabilities in real-world applications", Proc. SPIE 5403, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense III, (15 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.541314; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.541314
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