Concept Smoke Screen are always seeking
innovative and advanced methods to improve on their security solutions. They
have recently been working closely with camera pioneers FLIR to develop a new
kind of system. One that combines the crime prevention capability of security
smoke with the visibility enhancements of thermal imaging. The main focus is on
improving public safety, as we'll explain.
Smoke Screen is used to repel intrusion
and obscure items from view, thereby making
it almost impossible for thieves to steal anything. When an intruder is
confronted by a powerful burst of smoke (or fog) their immediate instinct is to
get out - no amount of prior research can prepare you for the effect, it's
incredibly quick, dense and disorienting. And even though European Standards
(EN50131:8) stipulate that the fog has to be non-toxic, the attackers can't be
certain (particularly in areas outside the standards' jurisdiction), yet
another thought for them to process in an instant.
Continuing on the subject of standards, it's key to note
that security fog should not be used to create a 'mantrap'. That is, the
installation should serve to funnel thieves out the premises and not try and
capture them inside*. A cornered attacker is more dangerous and you don't want
to further increase the threat of damage to property and people (including the
attackers themselves ... a necessary consideration nowadays).
The behaviour and reaction of thieves can sometimes be
unpredictable however. There's a remote chance the thieves might be too
startled to run for the exit causing them to become lost in the fog.
The time of the strike is also worth considering. In the
event of a daytime raid in a bank or a jewellery store innocent bystanders may
be present. In these instances, fog is primarily employed to protect the
welfare of staff and members of the public rather than the goods.
And this is where the partnership comes in. FLIR's infrared
(thermal) imaging cameras can detect the heat signatures of people, objects and
materials in areas with low visibility. More importantly they are able to
detect human presence through the dense fog created by Concept's generators.
The new TCX mini bullet thermal camera is
effective and affordable and is from the first class of cameras to combine 24/7
high-contrast thermal video and high-performance built-in video motion