A new ONVIF-compliant, uncooled, thermal camera features a compact size, IP-66 rating, weighs less than 2kg, has a tiny 5-watt power draw, yet offers 360-degree thermal detection of 600m for intruders, 1800m for vehicles and 5000m for fires.  

THERMAL cameras are an amazing piece of technology and the new Thermal Radar, manufactured by Thermal Imaging Radar and distributed locally by Infratherm, is perhaps the most amazing thermal camera of all. Given its detection range, Thermal Radar is tiny yet it’s FLIR Tau 2 continuous-rotating long wave infrared (LWIR) camera provides intelligent, high definition infrared surveillance for challenging or remote sites. 

Unlike radar or other active surveillance systems, Thermal Radar is a completely passive system, rendering it invisible and impossible to detect. Rotating at speeds up to 60rpm this camera stitches together a composite image of up to 16 virtual thermal cameras creating a 360-degree thermal image of over 5MP. 

Thermal Radar operates as a fully self-contained unit providing its own power, communications, connectivity, analytics and alert monitoring. You can literally take it anywhere an ATV can go and deploy it in minutes. All components, including the entire rotating assembly, are completely protected from the elements inside a sealed enclosure. No rotating seals to fail, no more sandblasted lenses, no more fogged out images are just a few of the advantages of Thermal Radar’s unique design.

Once set up, powerful onboard video analytics that are simple and easy to use, allow the user to quickly identify intrusions over the entire 360-degree field of view. Embedded analytics offer detection categories including intrusion, classification, tracking and high temperature, and detection range is up to 600m for a human intruder, up to 1800m for a vehicle and up to 5000m for a fire. 

Once an alert has been identified by the analytics, Thermal Radar has the ability to send these event notifications along with coordinates and JPEG images via SMS, Wi-FI, Ethernet, cellular, satellite or pre-recorded phone messages. 

Once calibrated, Thermal Radar has the ability to pinpoint any alert on a map and to send those coordinates to the user as part of the event notification. This makes Thermal Radar the ideal platform for tracking objects and can be used in conjunction with other camera systems to provide slew-to-cue data. 

Obviously, Thermal Radar is impervious to light levels or to weather conditions. Thermal cameras penetrate dust storms, fog, smoke and work just as effectively in complete darkness as they do in daylight hours. No lights, emitters or other devices are required. 

Thermal Radar runs a FLIR Tau 2 sun-safe amorphous silicon microbolometer with an FPA resolution of 336 x 256 or 640 x 512 pixels. Images have a bit depth of 8-bit w/AGC or 12-bit raw and there’s a selection of lens focal lengths – 7.5mm, 9mm, 13mm, 19mm or 25mm. Camera rotation speed is configurable between 30-60rpm and the image field of view is 360-degrees horizontal, while the vertical field of view can be 69, 56, 45, 35, 32, 25 or 20 degrees. Meanwhile, the image resolution is configurable from .77MP to 5.24MP. 

Input Voltage is 18V-57 VDC, polarity insensitive and the input connection is IEEE 802.3at PoE+ compliant, with a consumption of 5-7 Watts. Handling the thinking is a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 plus C64X+ DSP 
(TI OMAP DM3730) processor, with 512 MB DDR, 512 MB NAND Flash memory. 
Image storage memory is 8GB and there’s a removable µSD Card. There’s Ethernet 10/100BaseT with PoE+, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g with internal or external antenna and network protocols zero conf system with multicast. Other network features include DNS/DNS-SD service discovery and supports for DHCP, RTP, NTP, TCP/IP and UDP/IP. 

On the wireless comms side, the GSM modem is a 6-band HSPA+ (3.75G) with a quad-band GSM’GPRS/EDGE, (800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz) 
SIM card. An optional CDMA modem features a 3G dual band (800/1900 MHz). There’s also an optional low-latency, Iridium global satellite modem with an external antenna. 

Operating temperature range is -40C to +55C (+65C optional), humidity range is 5-95 per cent non-condensing and Thermal Radar is IP66-rated.  
In terms of size, the Thermal Radar unit is 146mm x 197mm and the weight is 1.8kg. ♦

Applications of Thermal Radar include: 

• Challenging and remote site coverage 
• 24/7 360-degree intrusion detection 
• Early forest fire detection 
• Border surveillance 
• All terrain access and surveillance 
• Monitor of sites with low infrastructure 
• Establish 360-degree geospatial environment
• Wide area continuous thermal monitoring.