Early fire detection for rapid heat generation


The customer challenge

Fires that are not detected early or extinguished quickly can cause serious financial, environmental and business problems for a company, as well as problems for the community. The potential for such a heavy burden means many businesses are prioritizing preventing or mitigating potential fires at all costs. Most fire systems today are designed to contain a fire once it has started, which is not always the most effective solution. A system that allows businesses to prevent fires or stop them before they start can save lives, save money and prevent downtime.

The solution

A fire is caused by a rapid and excessive increase in heat. As an object’s heat continues to increase, it eventually bursts into a flame that burns and spreads even faster. However, if a fixed-mount thermal camera is trained over the target area, temperatures can be monitored to capture rising heat before the target burns. FLIR fixed thermal cameras provide live temperature data updates up to 60 times per second to quickly detect hot spots before they catch fire. These smart thermal cameras use built-in software to isolate regions of interest (ROIs) and report minimum, average, and maximum temperatures for user-created regions. Live data can be analyzed internally by the camera to report adverse conditions or be connected to other devices such as PLCs and computers to implement additional fire prevention action. Some companies choose to create more advanced solutions by assembling custom early fire detection solutions with FLIR automation cameras. These systems can send alarms at the first signs of rising temperatures, allowing companies to save asset inventory or shut down equipment that is on a trend of catastrophic failure.


FLIR offers a range of fixed-mount smart thermal cameras with integrated software for analysis and alarm. Monitor assets by configuring up to 10 regions of interest (ROI) using measurement shapes such as points, boxes, or custom drawn areas in frame using a web-based configuration window easy to use. Set conditions for alarm settings and response, such as data acquisition output type. Integrate FLIR smart cameras into a wide range of control processes using standard communication protocols including RTSP, MQTT, RESTful API, MODBUS TCP & Master, Ethernet IP and FTP.

In addition to smart cameras, FLIR offers a range of automation cameras capable of streaming linear temperature data or radiometric data via communication protocols such as GigE Vision and RTSP. These infrared cameras interpret images using software such as Cognex Designer Pro, NI Software, Pleora Ebus, Teledyne and Spinaker SDK.

No-compromise data is reproducibly and reliably generated from thermal detector arrays in 320×240 or 640×480 options providing accuracy up to ±2°C in temperature ranges of -40°C to 2 000°C. FLIR thermal imaging cameras can be tailored to your application: select manual or autofocus or change the lens when the field of view needs to change. Thanks to its unique compressed radiometric output, these cameras avoid overloading the processors. They also add value to your system by combining an integrated visual camera and LEDs in partnership with the infrared camera.

EFD Application Areas

  • food storage
  • Lithium battery banks
  • Monitoring transmission lines for fallen trees that cause forest fires
  • Recycling plants
  • Chemical storage
  • Manufacturing plants with petroleum equipment
  • Forestry
  • High value buildings
  • Storage facilities
  • Power Generation Turbines


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