Many people will feel that infrared cameras are only useful for security purposes. As such, they can help security personnel guard properties more effectively. However, these cameras offer immense value in a myriad of applications. Some of these could include:
- Energy Audits: If your home’s insulation is ineffective, you could find yourself paying high electricity bills. You might not be able to figure out where the leaks are with your naked eyes. But, infrared cameras can capture the exact spots from where heat escapes from your home.
- Firefighting: When firefighters enter blazing buildings, they face a significant threat to their safety and well-being. After all, some fires could be burning out of sight. Similarly, buildings on fire could have thick smoke that makes it hard to see properly. Infrared cameras can spot people trapped in the fire based on their heat signatures. Similarly, they can identify areas where a fire is burning out of sight e.g. under a floor etc. as well.
- Military Applications: Thermal imaging enables officers to discern objects through various forms of camouflage. The naked eye might not be able to discern an ambusher concealed in dry leaves and twigs. But, infrared cameras will be able to reveal an object with a higher heat signature concealed beneath the leaves.
- Miscellaneous: Law enforcement agencies use infrared cameras for managing surveillance-related activities. They use them for locating and apprehending suspects and investigating crime scenes. These cameras are good for launching search and rescue operations too. Maintenance technicians working on power lines use infrared cameras for spotting overheating joints. This enables them to eliminate potential failures.