Thermal cameras assist in early fire detection

May 3rd, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Spontaneous combustion from biological products or other heat sources is a continual threat that needs to be monitored continuously. Apart from the environmental consequences and obvious safety risks, an outbreak of fire can be very costly. That is why it is important to have a reliable early warning system. Waste management company Jönköping Energi switched to a system from Termisk Systemteknik based on Flir thermal imaging. For fire detection, infrared senses the surface temperature of material, identifying the fire in its infancy, before it has the chance to develop. The system comprises two Flir A615 thermal imaging cameras in protective housings mounted on pan and tilt systems, one at each end of the bunker. They are controlled via Termisk’s dedicated TST Fire software so that when a hot spot is detected by one camera, the other camera is trained on it too. The software calculates the co-ordinates of the hotspot based on the combined thermal images and an alarm is generated. From the waste bunker control room, operators can then direct the water canon to the hotspot to extinguish the fire.

Contact Reynhard Heymans, Tel 011 300-5622, reynhard.heymans@flir.com