Thermal imaging for the fire service has changed dramatically in the past several years. Thermal imaging technology has become more accessible for more departments. The technology in these cameras has become more sophisticated and the cost of thermal imagers has decreased significantly. For these reasons, the key elements and features that fire departments look for and value have evolved as well.
The shifts in thermal imaging are exceedingly obvious when you look at a few key changes:
A Thermal Imager (TI) can be simple, light, and easier to use.
Images can be extraordinarily clear.
Upgrade options, promotions, and decreased total cost of ownership can make it possible to deploy more units in more places.
Hands on demos are more important than ever.
Image clarity has trumped camera resolution as the most important factor in displaying scene details.
Understanding the true total cost of ownership over the life of the imager is critical when making purchasing decisions.