The XSW-320 SWIR module is a shortwave infrared OEM module with a resolution of 320 x 256 pixels and a pixel pitch of 20 µm.
Only in the US 1.240.000 fires are reported each year. These fires result in 3.240 casualties and 15.900 injuries. Combined these fires result in $11 billion direct property losses. For Europe similar figures are valid. Due to the increased insulation of houses the escape time is reduced from 11 minutes to 3 minutes nowadays.
In Europe there are more than 600 car tunnels with a length longer than one km, with more than 1800 km of tunnel in the planning phase. Accidents like the Mont Blanc tunnel (1999) or the Channel Tunnel (1996, 2006 and 2008) are still fresh in the memory.
These two examples make it very clear how important it is to detect fires as soon as possible. In addition we need to equip our firefighters with the best tools available to save lives and valuable assets in the future.
There are two things very important when it comes to fire detection & prevention.
Thermal cameras not only help to detect sources of fire in a very early stage, but also to determine if people are present. This saves valuable time during search & rescue operations.
Outdoor fires are more complex. Visible cameras can efficiently detect smoke, but are not capable to locate the source of the fire. SWIR and uncooled LWIR cameras can locate fire sources and are extremely helpful in assisting firefighting planes and helicopters to extinguish the fire.
In tunnels thermal cameras help determining heat sources. They are able to locate the heat source even before a real fire arises and can prevent dangerous vehicles entering the tunnel.
For the integration of SWIR and LWIR camera into fire detection and prevention systems we offer our XenicsCores. These small, lightweight and low power consuming infrared cores are available with various interfaces in both the shortwave (XSW-Series) and longwave (XTM-Series) wavelength range. They are equipped with a number of image enhancement routines for the best image quality and earliest detection of fires.