Amazing Video Surveillance

FiberPlus is presenting demonstrations the week of February 25 of the broad line of video surveillance systems, including highly sophisticated thermal imaging cameras, offered by FLIR Systems.

The highlight of the FLIR line is an IP-based thermal imaging camera that can detect an intruder not only at night, but also through rain or fog. One demonstration shows that an attempt to defeat the camera by bundling a person in heavy clothes still does not hide the person’s thermal signature. Another demo shows that an individual hiding behind bushes is quickly detected because of his thermal signature.

The associated software contains video analytics algorithms. One, called Trip Wire, sets off an alarm if someone enters an area by crossing a line set by the system operator. Software will also direct the camera to follow an intruder moving in a restricted area.

The thermal imaging camera also can do more than detect intruders. In a situation where temperature control is important, the camera can detect potential problems. An example is an electrical substation where a transformer overheating indicates an equipment problem and failure of the system is imminent. The thermal camera can detect this and provide a warning. Such a system is in use today at the Maryland School for the Blind to monitor its electrical subsystems.

Several cameras will be set up at the Jessup office, including one mounted on the building’s roof, to demonstrate the various capabilities. These will include both thermal imaging and conventional video cameras.

The demonstrations will be at the Jessup office on February 25, 27 and 28, with morning sessions starting at 9:00 a.m. and afternoon sessions beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Those interested in attending a demonstration should register for a specific session by calling Susan Green at 301-957-2207 or emailing