Perimeter video surveillance systems manufacturer SightLogix held a virtual press conference on Wednesday to announce the launch of its new SightSensor thermal imaging camera. According to SightLogix President and CEO John Romanowich, the new SightSensor camera will bring thermal imaging to "mainstream prices."
Romanowich said that the company has been able to accomplish this through the use of multi-core digital signal processors mounted on one circuit board and aluminum cast enclosures, which have greatly reduced the price of their electronics and machining costs respectively.
Because of these lower price points, Romanowich said he expects that broad markets will open up for security automation.
"Frankly, I think you can even see lower-end applications like car lots start to open up where in the past I don’t’ think this would have been practical," he said.
Initially, however, Romanowich feels that the company will see greater penetration in vertical markets that are current utilizing the technology such as electrical substations.
The SightSensor thermal camera also has twice the processing power of its predecessor and has the ability to pull more detail out of an image than some other cameras that are currently on the market. While many thermal cameras struggle during bad weather or where there is poor contrast, the processing power of SightSensor allows it to still extract image detail in these tough environments.
"The ability to adjust and pull out more information is critical for security environments," Romanowich said.
Bringing thermal imaging prices to the mainstream will also make the technology competitive in terms of prices with other perimeter security solutions on the market. According to Romanowich, a facility that uses a SightSensor camera could secure their perimeter for between $13 and $29 per foot, compared to $12 to $29 per foot for a fence-mounted solution and $22 per foot for an installation that uses visible cameras, analytics and lighting. The latter options would also require installation and maintenance costs not required by SightSensor.
"Where the cost savings really kick-in is when you eliminate all of that infrastructure because if you had to start putting another camera and another pole every hundred meters, then you would have six times the infrastructure," Romanowich explained. "That’s the place where’s there is tremendous advantage."
Since initially launching the SightSensor camera five years ago with the goal of automating video with a high degree of accuracy outdoors, Romanowich said that the company has measured its success by the level of customer satisfaction and feedback provided by users of their technology.
"The way we can tell if the customer is satisfied is if we’re getting repeat business and if they’re willing to be an enthusiastic reference," he explained.
Among the hundreds of locations the company has helped to secure include King Abdullah University in Saudi Arabia and the new World Trade Center site in New York City. In fact, the Transportation Security Administration recently tested the company’s camera technology in over 900 scenarios and found that every alarm instance was accurately reported, according to Romanowich.
The price of the new SightSensor camera models range from $9,995 to $23,995 depending on image detection range. A new day/night visible SightSensor camera is also available.