Power plants, enterprise data centers and airports are all critical infrastructure sites that demand a heightened level of protection. Defending these entities from external threats and intruders is paramount to successful operations aimed at delivering power, data storage, and transportation services to millions of customers each day. However, designing a perimeter system for these locations requires a different kind of sensor—ones that compensate for outdoor elements, poor lighting, extreme weather, and vast perimeters. For security personnel looking for a high-performing camera for threat assessment in these environments, the Teledyne FLIR Elara™ DX-Series is the go-to option.
Security operators at mission-critical sites need to be able to detect threats as well as follow suspects and moving targets. In the event that an intruder breaches the perimeter and moves out of the line of sight of analytic cameras along the fence line, the fixed cameras can hand off the target to a pan-tilt-zoom camera to follow the suspect. By installing the Elara DX-Series in a perimeter system, a security officer can keep eyes on a moving target at all times for superior tracking.
Another common integration today for perimeter applications is pairing PTZ cameras with a commercial ground-based radar. For example, integrating the Elara DX-Series with the Teledyne FLIR Elara R-Series gives security operators wide area protection and situational awareness beyond the fence line. These Elara R-Series radars are designed for reliable detection in all weather and lighting conditions. Their auto-tracking feature helps to direct pan-tilt-zoom cameras like the Elara DX-Series in the right direction; the radars also help expand coverage area and significantly minimize false alarms. In addition, the Elara R-series can provide security personnel with precise, real-time data, 24/7. In the field, the Elara R-series simultaneously tracks targets with geolocation capability, activates alarms, and guides the Elara DX-Series camera for visual verification to maximize security coverage and increase the amount of time available to react to a threat.
The Elara DX-Series specifically addresses the need for assessment in challenging imaging conditions. What distinguishes the Elara DX-Series from other PTZ options is it brings together both a thermal sensor and a 4K visible imager to deliver greater scene detail and situational awareness. Because the thermal sensor generates imagery based on heat signatures rather than light, it reliably yields images despite rain, snow, smoke, light fog, or total darkness. It also clearly sees any intruders attempting to camouflage themselves under foliage—a difficult task for a standard visible-only PTZ camera. While the thermal sensor enables accurate detection, the visible sensor, enhanced by infrared illumination for low-light scenarios, ensures operators can identify individuals on camera and determine whether the person is an employee who forgot their badge or an unauthorized intruder. Together, the dynamic duo of the thermal and optical sensors make the Elara DX-Series the superior choice for a 24/7 perimeter monitoring and multi-spectral video surveillance solution.
When should you consider the Elara DX-Series for your perimeter intrusion detection system? When your application is outdoors, where threat assessment is essential, and you face both favorable and adverse lighting and weather conditions. Here are three installation examples where the Elara DX-Series makes a difference: