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Teledyne FLIR launches cameras for condition monitoring and fire detection


June 18, 2021
By SP&T Staff

The FLIR A500f and A700f Advanced Smart Sensor ruggedized thermal cameras feature high-temperature detection for extreme environments paired with on-camera analytics and alarm capabilities — suited for industrial early fire detection or outdoor condition monitoring applications, according to the company. Along with enhanced spot, area, line, polygon, and polyline analytic functions that improve the definition of areas of interest and object curvatures, Teledyne FLIR says the A500f/A700f can help commercial and industrial organizations protect assets, improve safety, maximize uptime, and minimize maintenance costs.

For early fire detection, the A500f and A700f thermal cameras can  identify increased temperatures related to potentially dangerous conditions. Both cameras feature Flexible Scene Enhancement (FSX) technology, found on Teledyne FLIR K-Series handheld firefighting devices, with a finer-textured image that shows subtler edge details supplied by the embedded visible camera onto the thermal image, enabling operators to recognize objects and people more easily. These cameras can also identify heat anomalies from mechanical problems early.

Featuring a protective IP67-rated housing designed to withstand temperatures between -30° to 50°C (-22° to 112° F), the A500f/A700f cameras are designed for harsh environments. In addition, the cameras use a single power-over-Ethernet (PoE) cable for both power and communication, helping to further minimize points of potential failure.

The A500f/A700f offers a resolution of 464 x 348 (161,472) for the A500f and 640 x 480 (307,200) thermal pixel resolution for the A700f. Users can expect a ±2° C (±‐3.6° F) temperature measurement accuracy.

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The A500f has a temperature detection range between -20° to 1500°C (-4° to 2732° F), while the A700f offers a temperature range of between 20° to 2000°C (68° to 3632°F) for detecting chemical fires and other extreme industrial fire conditions.

For VMS integrations, thermal and visible streams can be viewed independently or simultaneously. The cameras can be set up and operated in HMI (Human Machine Interface) SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems. Both the A500f and A700f fully support IIoT protocols such as MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) and RESTful API with a system unique token key for extra security.