What was once only reserved for our military, and a thing you would see on action movies and science fiction shows, is now available to the general public and priced for the consumer. While still not cheap, thermal imaging cameras for Surveilance are one of the most effective tools for security threat detection and leaves traditional Surveilance systems and cameras in the dust, literarily. I won't bore you with thermal dynamics and heat signatures. I barley passed "Thermo II" in college and don't care to go into that again. Briefly, infrared emissions consist of electromagnetic waves. These waves are longer then visible light and we can't see them. With thermal imaging cameras you can. Combine that with some good analytical software and you are in business. Thus, with thermal cameras, one can see and interpret images in total darkness, fog, bad weather and even dust storms. Until now, traditional cameras relied on some degree of light source. Thermal cameras don't need one as everything gives off some type of thermal signature. Thus, when there is no room for error in advanced threat detection, this is the way to go in high valued estates and/or occupant protection. On a recent project we were able to cover 17 acres on the rear of a home by integrating one thermal camera in to an existing Surveilance system. With analytics, we set up the camera to respond only during predefined times and exclude any object that wasn't human. Even the slowest intruder was detected along with paths of entry during our testing and objects such as deer were analyzed and excluded. Living in Texas, we subscribe to the "Castle Doctrine" and I won't go any further into that in this article. However, I suggest you always consult with your attorney on your individual State Laws when designing a plan of response to threats or when putting together an emergency response plan.

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