FLIR Cameras Used at Airports

With the growing threat of terrorist attacks, airports all over the globe are installing FLIR’s thermal security cameras in addition to regular CCTV to keep cameras to keep travellers, airport representatives, and cargo safe.

Westchester County Airport (HPN) near White Plains, NY, USA has added FLIR thermal security cameras to their arsenal of different cameras and sensors. FLIR Thermal cameras allow Westchester County Airport security operators to see in complete and total darkness. While their other cameras only work during the day, thermal cameras see clearly 24-hours a day. “FLIR picks up where everything else drops off,” said Wendell Orr, the System Administrator for Aviation Services.

You can see how Thermal Imaging offers superior footage, even in the daytime, with the video below that demonstrates how Thermal Cameras are not affected by glare.

Because airlines operate 24 hours a day, airports need to be as secure at night as they are during the day. Standard CCTV cameras need lights to be of any use after dark. Even night vision cameras require a source of infra-red light to be able to see. Regular CCTV can take advantage of lights installed to help aircraft taxi to and from the gate areas etc., but dedicated security lights installations are expensive to engineer and install. Additionally, they can’t be installed everywhere a security professional might need to view, such as along the perimeter.

FLIR’s range of thermal cameras doesn’t suffer from these limitations. They process heat to create images and video (click here to find out how!) so they can see people, vehicles, aircraft and infrastructure clearly without any additional lighting. Thermal security cameras also see much farther than comparable CCTV cameras, night and day. This makes them a better solution for securing miles of perimeter fence.

What’s more, thermal cameras work seamlessly with other sensors like ground radar, fence alarms, and video analytics software. Internal software can instruct the FLIR camera to look at a radar return or fence alarm automatically. This allows operators to evaluate the threat and decide upon the appropriate response remotely.

One airport that has installed Thermal Cameras, Westchester County Airport in the USA, covers over 700 acres, has a five-mile perimeter, and runs almost 500 daily operations. Wendell Orr, System Administrator for Aviation Services, uses FLIR thermal imagers there to both financial and tactical needs.

The thermal camera’s ability to see at night gives security operators an obvious boost to airport safety and security. But the thermal camera’s ability to see at night also improves the effectiveness of the rest of the security cameras, sensors and monitors. Thermal cameras can act help trigger or detect problems alongside other systems, and aid in the investigation of those problems. Westchester County Airport considers the thermal camera to be the centrepiece of their 24-hour security system. “Without a good imaging system,” said Orr, “you’ve got no system.”

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Financially, FLIR’s cameras proved themselves to be the best value solution for Westchester County Airport. Because they can see clearly in the dark, thermal cameras are much less expensive to operate than a CCTV network. CCTV cameras need clusters of big, expensive lights in order to see a developing threat after dark. “Thermal imaging saves a sizable amount of money over designing, engineering and implementing a lighting infrastructure,” explained Orr.

But the thermal camera’s economic superiority goes beyond that. Security personnel from Westchester County Airport tested FLIR’s thermal security cameras side-by-side against those from other manufacturers and found that the cameras from FLIR performed just as well as their more expensive counterparts, making them even better value.

Many major airports around the work use FLIR’s thermal cameras. For example, all of New York’s four major airports – Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark and Teterboro – selected FLIR’s thermal cameras as part of a larger Homeland Security initiative called the Airport Perimeter Intrusion Detection System, or APIDS.

FLIR’s high quality and 24/7 imaging capability, make FLIR’s cameras a “must-have” for any airport serious about keeping its passengers, employees, and aircraft safe.

Airport Under Thermal Cam

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Joe Marshall