What are some common uses of thermal imaging?
Originally developed for military use, thermal imaging cameras have proven useful in other fields.
- Firefighters use them to see through smoke, find people and localize hotspots of fires.
- Law enforcement uses the technology to manage surveillance activities, locate and apprehend suspects, investigate crime scenes and conduct search and rescue operations.
- Power line maintenance technicians locate overheating joints and parts to eliminate potential failures. Where thermal insulation becomes faulty, building construction technicians can see heat leaks to improve the efficiencies of cooling or heating.
- Physiological activities, such as fever, in human beings and other warm-blooded animals can also be monitored with thermographic imaging.
- Thermal imaging is used by building and home inspectors to identify locations of heat loss, moisture intrusion and hidden wetness in a building structure.