Thermal products for perimeter protection

Issue 3 2020 Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection

The perimeter is the first line of defence against intruders who could put people or assets in danger. But how does one ensure detection and response to perimeter intrusions quickly and effectively, even in low-visibility conditions?

For many businesses, the answer is to deploy thermal cameras, which offers a number of advanced benefits.

1) The ability to ‘see’ intruders in low-visibility conditions

In complex light environments, at night, or in severe weather conditions, many conventional ‘visible light’ cameras may not be able to recognise intruders and alert security teams. By contrast, thermal cameras can recognise tiny changes in temperature, allowing them to detect people or vehicles that cross perimeter boundaries, even in extremely low-light or low-visibility conditions.

2) Human and vehicle recognition for minimal false alarms

Some thermal cameras incorporate deep learning algorithms to distinguish humans and vehicles from animals, falling leaves and other moving objects that could otherwise trigger false alarms. This means that intrusion alarms are only triggered when a real perimeter threat is identified, which supports a faster response with far less time spent analysing footage and investigating false alarms.

3) Increased efficiency for perimeter protection

Another key benefit of thermal cameras is that they are effective at longer distances than many conventional visible light cameras. This means that small and medium businesses can reduce equipment and installation costs for their perimeter-protection solutions, while also monitoring camera feeds with fewer team members.

Hikvision offers a range of affordable thermal cameras that are suited for perimeter protection in small and medium applications such as residential areas, office buildings, car parks, factories, stores and even museums. As an added benefit, overlay of traditional video images on top of thermal camera images is possible, which ensures availability of evidence needed to support legal processes or insurance claims in the event of a perimeter breach.

Hikvision’s range of thermal turret, bullet and speed dome cameras is already being deployed in many perimeter protection solutions for housing developments, car parks, factories, stores, farms and even museums.

In one example of a successful project, a leading car brand is protecting one of its European dealerships 24 hours-a-day with Hikvision thermal cameras. In this case, the Hikvision camera alerts security teams if perimeter defences are breached, enabling a real-time response to prevent the theft of vehicles or parts.


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