The Keys To Responsive Planning For Thermal Camera Use

December 27, 2017

Security camera systems have long been an asset that helps bolster the security of commercial spaces, private property, and even ports and borders. Today, we will be focusing on their use within commercial settings. Coupling regular surveillance cameras with thermal cameras helps provide a more robust security protocol for many businesses and commercial spaces.

Some of the benefits of thermal cameras include the ability to better detect perimeter breaches, detect threats in suboptimal weather conditions, etc. However, most of these benefits are undermined due to the lack of effective response when a potential risk is detected. To achieve responsive planning while using thermal cameras, here are the key things you need to be mindful of:

Layout Design and Camera Location

Layout and design will determine where your thermal cameras are placed, and it will influence the ability of a thermal camera to adequately detect any threats and present dangers. Having a grasp on your site arrangement will help you get the most out of your thermal camera and other security solutions. Layout design gives companies the opportunity to assess their thermal camera and understand how it works for the terrain they have. Virtual perimeter planning is one of the best ways to accomplish this.

This process helps you choose the right thermal camera, minimize any inherent blind zones, and also set up your thermal cameras in a way that allows you to add on other security deterrents in the future. Learning more about your camera is one of the best ways to ensure that it is relaying accurate information that you can respond to in a timely manner. Also, if the thermal camera you have is not the best fit, a layout design gives you the chance to change it and choose one that might have a different lens, resolution, and image sensor size.

Johnson’s criteria for thermal camera performance can help give users a basic understanding of DRI ranges. DRI stands for the thermal cameras’ ability to detect, recognize, and identify targets. Having a basic grasp of the way your thermal camera holds up to Johnson’s criteria will influence where you place it, based on its ability to detect threats, recognize them, and identify them as potential hazards.

The layout design should take the maximum and minimum range of the thermal camera into account so that there is no stone left unturned. Furthermore, effective location planning allows you to easily implement other security measures that will work in tandem with your thermal cameras. These additional security solutions will vary based on where thermal cameras are being used on your commercial property. Adequately planning the layout design also gives users a chance to learn more about the things they should know before buying a security camera.

Rigid Training Protocol

Another important key to responsive planning is ensuring that every team member monitoring the camera feed is well trained. The best way to accomplish this is to instill rigid training protocols geared towards helping your team members better identify potential risks. It might not seem like much, but this act greatly enhances the response process. Thermal cameras allow your monitoring unit to see more, even in harsh weather conditions, or in low light environments. If your thermal camera affords you this much clarity, there is no reason why your monitoring team should hold you back.

Training protocol should help your team members become more conversant with the analytics software that is being used to assess the video feed from your thermal camera. If workers are not familiar with the analytics software, it increases the chance of breaches going undetected, and it also increases the possibility of costly false alarms.

Ideally, companies should strive to keep their workers abreast of the thermal technology that is being employed. Workers should also be briefed on Johnson’s criteria that was discussed above. A basic understanding of the DRI ranges will help influence the way they interact with thermal cameras, and it will make it easier for them to log and report incidents.

Create Reporting Channels

Reporting channels might sound slightly complicated, but it is an easy concept to understand and employ. Reporting channels simply refer to the way a detected complication, or threat, is relayed to response teams or supervisors. Thermal cameras are great security tools, but they are still passive tools that cannot directly prevent or intercede once a threat has been recognized. This is why reporting channels are an important facet that has to be established when using thermal cameras.

The use of reporting channels makes it easier for threats to be contained in a timely fashion, and it allows an active security measure to be deployed if necessary. If there are no reporting channels present, the usefulness of your thermal camera drops drastically and there will likely be no effective response plan in place.

Effective Communication Practices

The common thread thus far has been that there isn’t just one measure that makes your thermal cameras enough of a security and safety tool. Instead, it is the amalgamation of several different protocols and practices that make thermal cameras stronger and more effective. As such, the creation of reporting channels will accomplish very little if it is not coupled with effective communication practices. These communication practices are geared towards first responders who actively respond, and approach, any threat or complication that has been detected.

If your thermal cameras are able to identify something, the information that is shared between your monitoring team and your security team should be flawless. It should clearly state the nature of the threat, its location, and the type of response that is necessary. If incorrect information is relayed, or if the monitoring team does not know how to decipher the feed from the thermal camera, it puts your entire security system at risk because they will be walking into a situation blind.


Responsive planning elevates the way your thermal cameras are used in commercial settings, and it helps raise the bar when it comes to security. The key aspects discussed above will help companies get much more out of their thermal cameras, and cast a wider net of security over their commercial property.