Infrared cameras, otherwise known as thermal imaging cameras, have a wide variety of uses. But what do they do? In layman’s terms, they capture images of heat or more accurately temperature levels and convert them into an image. Just like the one below:
What are Infrared Cameras used for?
You can see that the person and the two dogs are giving off varying levels of heat, as is the car and its engine to the right of the image, which suggests it was driven not too long ago. Whereas the car to the left has obviously been stationary for quite some time as it is not giving off any heat. The more red an area denotes how hot it is.
Fire and Rescue Uses
The fire brigade uses infrared images to locate out of sight fires and hidden embers, even in dense smoke and the in the dark. Infrared cameras are also used by rescue services to locate trapped or injured individuals ensuring a swift rescue can be actioned.
You can also use infrared technology to become more energy efficient as you can discover where heat is escaping from your home.
The military use infrared to find people, even if they are using camouflage techniques. Handy!
Health and Safety Use
We use infrared red technology to find or help highlight electrical safety concerns.
For example, imagine a large serviced office complex, the server room that enables connectivity throughout the building will be quite large with banks of machinery and masses of wires. Now, these wires will need to be periodically inspected for damage and wear and tear as a part of the buildings fire risk plan. However, if you shut the whole room down for a day or two there will certainly be complaints. Examining each wire can also be laborious and very time consuming, an infrared camera used to sweep the room will highlight overheating cables and other hot spots allowing us to determine and rectify potential fire hazards.
Not just for use in server rooms infrared technology can be used to determine overheating circuits, fixed wiring and appliances. To find out more about our thermal imaging surveys please click here.
Until next time… stay safe!