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Thermal imaging in the detection and tracking of drones

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Grisha Raber

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December 19, 2022

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Thermal imaging has become an essential tool for law enforcement agencies around the world in the detection and tracking of drones. With the increasing use of drones for illicit activities such as smuggling, terrorism, and trespassing, it is essential for police to have reliable and accurate methods for identifying and monitoring these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Thermal imaging technology offers a number of advantages in this regard, making it an increasingly popular choice for border security and other law enforcement agencies.

What is Thermal Imaging?

Thermal imaging is the use of special cameras to capture energy on an infra-red wavelength and transmit it into a picture. Any botu in nature emits and/or reflects energy as heat. This energy can be captured with special cameras and converted into colors in pixels. 

Since we’re not looking at light – but at heat, thermal cameras are able to see in lighted conditions just as well as in darkened conditions, aren’t blinded by headlights, can see a person in camouflage or hiding behind light foliages.While night vision relies on an amplification of external lighting conditions (such as stars), thermal imaging requires no active illumination and will see on a starless night or into a dark corridor. 

Thermal imaging is also highly effective at detecting objects that are hidden or obscured by bad weather, smoke, or other visual obstructions. This makes it an invaluable tool for law enforcement agencies tasked with detecting and tracking drones in a variety of challenging environments.

Drone Detection with Thermal Imaging

One of the primary challenges in detecting and tracking drones is the small size and low altitude at which they typically operate. Many drones are designed to be highly maneuverable and can fly at altitudes of just a few hundred feet, making them difficult to spot with traditional surveillance methods.

Thermal imaging cameras, on the other hand, are highly effective at detecting small, fast-moving objects at low altitudes. These cameras can detect the heat signature of a drone’s motors and batteries, allowing law enforcement officers to identify and track the UAV even when it is flying at low altitudes or in challenging conditions.

In addition to detecting drones, thermal imaging cameras can also be used to identify the operators of the UAV. The heat signature of a person’s body can be detected by thermal imaging cameras, making it possible to locate and apprehend the individual responsible for operating the drone.

Thermal imaging is also highly effective at detecting drones that are attempting to evade detection by flying at high altitudes or hiding behind visual obstructions. These cameras can detect the heat signature of a UAV even when it is flying at high altitudes or hiding behind clouds, making it an invaluable tool for any agency tasked in protecting national borders or the perimeter or any critical infrastructure.

Benefits of Thermal Imaging for Drone Detection

There are several key benefits to using thermal imaging for drone detection and tracking. These include:

Conclusion

Thermal imaging has become an essential tool for law enforcement agencies around the world in the detection and tracking of drones. These cameras are highly accurate, versatile, and effective at detecting small, fast-moving objects at low altitudes. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of thermal imaging technology for Drone detection, be sure to visit us at intersec 2023 in Dubai on January 17. Our team will be exhibiting this technology at Booth number S1-B10 and will be available to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you there and showcasing how thermal imaging can enhance your border security operations.