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A Flir B620 thermal imaging camera has been purchased by Camden Council for raising awareness about carbon emissions and levels of energy consumption, and identifying areas which need to be improved.

The London Borough of Camden is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 21 per cent by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020. The council thought that producing good quality thermal images could be a good way to raise awareness, as well as assisting with the collection of data from council buildings in order to identify energy saving measures.

The camera has been used to create ’tags’ — calling cards that allows the council’s maintenance department and contractors to pinpoint problems identified by the camera.

Additionally, the council’s next plan is to use the Flir Buildir software that is available for use with the Flir B620. This can visualise and quantify building problems such as insulation defects, and includes 10 pre-designed report templates.

Click here to download the Flir B620 brochure.

Key benefits of product application

  • Allows anomalies in buildings to be seen quickly and easily.
  • Eliminates glare in sunny condition.
  • Identifies heating mains leaks.
  • Large field of view means fewer images need to be taken.
  • Resolution of up to 307,000 measurement points allows smaller targets to be measured accurately

FLIR Systems specialises in technologies that enhance perception and awareness.  The company brings innovative sensing solutions into daily life through its thermal imaging and visible light imaging technology and systems for measurement, diagnosis, location and advanced threat detection.  Its products improve the way people interact with the world around them, enhance productivity, increase energy efficiency and make the workplace safer.

FLIR Systems has six operating segments – surveillance, instruments, OEM and emerging markets, maritime, security and finally, detection. Of these six, ‘instruments’ is of greatest interest to trade and industry and the second largest segment in the company’s portfolio. This division provides devices that image, measure and assess thermal energy, gases and other environmental elements for industrial, commercial and scientific applications.

These products are manufactured across five production sites, three in the USA and two in Europe; Sweden and Estonia.

A model to suit every application and budget
The options that FLIR Systems provides for measuring temperature and studying thermal performance have never been greater.  Not only does the company offer a huge range of models to suit all thermal application needs but the technology is also affordable and very easy to use.  Thermal cameras now come in various shapes, sizes and degrees of sophistication and FLIR continues to invest heavily in the development of new and complementary technologies to differentiate itself from competitors.

An important milestone in the development of thermal imaging has been the introduction of the FLIR Lepton® core, a micro longwave detector, the size of a mobile SIM.  This has allowed thermal imaging to be repackaged to meet the needs of an even wider audience and, in combination with another new technology called Infrared Guided Measurement – IGM™ – has led to the development of a range of test and measurement meters with imaging capability.

Another important growth area for FLIR thermal imaging is in continuous monitoring to assure quality and safety.  Through its introduction of discrete fixed mounted thermal cameras which are fully compliant industry standard plug-and-play protocols, FLIR Systems has provided industry with infrared machine vision which is instantly ready for quick and easy network installation.

Protecting assets and people from fire is an area for which thermal imaging is least known but, thanks to FLIR Systems’ development, it is now one of the most cost-effective methods available.  Its application flexibility and rapid return on investment present an attractive proposition for any site or safety manager.

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