Thermal Radiometry – Solutions to Proactively Monitor Facilities

Potential threats are inherent to every kind of facility. Although they can vary from industry to industry, they run a wide gamut and are enough to keep any Facility Manager up at night.

Highly regulated industries, in particular, that are extremely compliance driven, are bound to maintaining an exceptionally high standard of security. NextGen serves customers across many of these sectors, including waste processing facilities, chemical plants, oil and gas and electrical utilities, food manufacturing facilities and more. We keep a close pulse on all the requirements they need to meet to maintain compliance. While each industry is tasked with meeting their own specific challenges, fire is a universal threat that every enterprise faces. Excessive heat, smoke and fiery flames can decimate a facility in no time flat, and, in the case of highly sensitive infrastructure such as a chemical plant or waste processing facility, leave unthinkable damage in its wake.

Fire protection is in a class of its own in any security and life safety plan. As part of NextGen’s services, we collaborate with your security managers, environmental health and safety professionals, along with plant and facility managers, to develop internal standards that meet your site-specific needs. Thermal radiometric solutions rank high on the checklist, particularly for compliance-driven facilities. While it may sound like a mouthful, thermal radiometric technology, simply stated, provides a proactive warning system to detect fires in a facility. A thermal detection monitoring system uses thermal cameras to detect temperature changes and alert operators before a fire gets out of control.

Radiometry, otherwise known as Temperature Measurement, is a technology that can be deployed in many applications. Thermal cameras equipped with temperature measurement features have enabled organizations to deploy solutions for security and protection. They also provide support in firefighting, as well as search and rescue. Even in no-light environments, they deliver reliable intrusion detection and threat assessment.

A radiometric thermal camera measures the temperature of a surface by interpreting the intensity of an infrared signal reaching the camera. Radiometric thermal technology is also a pivotal part in securing and protecting a facility because it can detect objects and people when other imaging systems simply can’t provide high-quality images. Radiometric cameras are ideally suited to guard perimeters around power and waste processing plants, petrochemical facilities, and substations. And, for industrial inspections, thermal cameras give safe, accurate, non-contact temperature measurements for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.

NextGen partners with best-in-class manufacturers to deliver superior security and life safety solutions. The radiometric thermal cameras we install feature a calibrated thermal image sensor. Thermal radiation measurements made across the entire image area can be used to trigger an event based on the temperature increasing above or decreasing below an individually set trigger level (camera alarm, network message, activation of a signal output etc.). The temperature measurement feature enabled by the calibrated image sensor operates in a range from -45 degrees Fahrenheit to a staggering 1022 degrees Fahrenheit!

If you haven’t done so already, it may be time to equip your facilities with a radiometric thermal camera that can detect temperature changes and alert operators before a fire burns out of control.  NextGen Security’s expert professionals fully understand the complexity of large plant-based environments and stand at the ready to assist you in securing your facility with a thermal detection monitoring system ideally suited to your needs.