Thermal, IR cameras go IP

A look at new technology hitting the market


While HD and megapixel technology are making headlines at ISC West this year, there is certainly no shortage of innovation in the thermal and infrared imaging space.

One theme that seems to be common among camera manufacturers is pushing thermal and IR cameras to the network along with traditional surveillance solutions.

Flir, one of the largest developers of thermal imaging technology is featuring several new products at the show. In addition to the company’s traditional thermal cameras, Flir is showcasing its new Thermal Fence solution, which is a fully integrated perimeter alert system that uses analytics to detect and track motion. With regards to bringing thermal cameras onto the network, Flir is providing end users with a simple migration path that involves including both IP and analog outputs on new cameras like its PT-324.

Axis Communications also recently entered the thermal imaging market with the release of its Q1910 Thermal Network Camera. The camera, which has been on the market since January, has been well received by the market thus far, according to Axis Communications Director of Sales Larry Newman.

"The market response has been tremendous to date," he said.

Newman added that the Q1910 is the first thermal camera on the market that is 100 percent IP with features such as Power-over-Ethernet and motion detection. The camera’s entry level price has also made it very attractive to a number of consumers, according to Newman.

On the infrared imaging side of the market, there are several new camera models that are garnering a lot of attention at the show.

Sony’s new SNC-CH180 is a new outdoor, vandal-resistant network IR camera that features what the company is calling its View-DR wide dynamic technology. This technology allows the camera to provide high quality images in challenging backlit environments. The camera’s IR diodes also fade when an object comes into close contact with the camera to reduce the washout effect that can erode image quality.

Bosch also has a new day/night camera on the market. The new Dinion 2X is available in IP and analog versions and uses the company’s 2X processing technology to reduce backlighting effects on image quality. Among some of the new features of the Dinion 2X include 20-bit image processing, as well as wide dynamic range CCD.