The Convergint Utilities team demonstrates an unwavering commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions tailored for critical environments such as solar farms. Embarking on a journey of innovation and safety, Convergint partners with FLIR, set to redefine security standards. Together, they introduce an unprecedented solution – Early Fire Detection (EFD) utilizing state-of-the-art radiometric thermal imaging.

FLIR Technology harnesses the power of radiometric thermal imaging to identify subtle warning signs of potential fires, revolutionizing EFD for solar installations.

Problem: Fire hazards on solar farms

Solar farms face fire hazards, demanding vigilant monitoring. Convergint and FLIR address this challenge with EFD, utilizing state-of-the-art radiometric thermal imaging. This technology is crucial for identifying potential fire risks early, including irregular temperatures, electrical malfunctions, and insulation faults.

A significant risk arises from Photovoltaic (PV) cells responsible for electricity generation. The absorption of sunlight and conversion into an electrical current pose a potential fire hazard, often undetected until significant damage occurs.

Solution: Radiometric cameras for EFD

EFD employs radiometric thermal imaging for early fire detection, offering:

  • Coverage of large areas: Radiometric cameras provide extensive coverage, ensuring comprehensive surveillance over vast solar farm landscapes.

  • Alarms as things heat up: Timely alarms are triggered as soon as temperature irregularities are detected, allowing for swift responses and preventive measures.

  • Visibility through smoke and fog: Radiometric cameras cut through light smoke and fog, maintaining clarity even in adverse weather conditions.

  • Early detection for quick responses: Early detection of fire hazards enables quick responses, minimizing damage and significantly improving overall safety measures.

Results: Reliable radiometric thermal images

Radiometric sensors, vital for managing fire risk, play a pivotal role in preventing incidents and supporting proactive monitoring in solar panel systems. Acting as the security backbone, these sensors, combined with security cameras, establish a robust defense strategy.

In collaboration with FLIR, Convergint further enhances reliability by incorporating radiometric centers for improved imaging. This addition refines the ‘single-pane-of-glass’ strategy, merging threat intelligence security with log/sensor temperature data from EFD applications. This unified approach empowers professionals to efficiently manage fire risk, providing quick access to critical information and enabling swift decision-making for high-priority alerts.

Contact an expert today to explore the transformative potential of Convergint and FLIR’s technology for security infrastructure to ensure a comprehensive safety strategy, embracing a future where safety measures are both proactive and comprehensive.

About Teledyne FLIR

Teledyne FLIR designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes technologies that enhance perception and awareness. Teledyne FLIR brings innovative sensing solutions into daily life through its thermal imaging, visible-light imaging, video analytics, measurement and diagnostic, and advanced threat detection systems.

Please see the “IMPORTANT PRODUCT SAFETY AND SERVICE INFORMATION” documentation, available at  prior to using a Convergint-installed solution.