The Yole Group of Companies joins together the powers of its member companies for the first time to deliver a complete view on the global thermal imaging market and focus on the technology of Chinese players.
Despite all the negative effects of the pandemic on various industries this year, there have been beneficiaries, such as the thermal imaging market. According to Yole Développement, during 2020, demand has skyrocketed due to the Elevated Surface Temperature (EST) application, or fever detection, as some like to call it. Such systems could mitigate virus spread by detecting people with symptoms like fever in various infrastructure environments. However, will this be a sustainable business? Or will it go back to normal next year?
Chinese manufacturers have gained a lot of attention in this application, going head-to-head with established US/EU manufacturers. For this reason, System Plus Consulting reverse-engineered the focal plane arrays (FPAs) from the Iray T3S, a thermal imaging module found in augmented reality (AR) helmets used by the Chinese police for measuring people’s temperatures. It has compared the T3S to other manufacturers’ products, including FLIR, Seek and GuideIR, to gain insights into the technological choices of this manufacturer.
A big question that arises from the use of such thermal cameras for EST is their accuracy and fit for this specific application. How could a non-expert user or the policemen using these cameras know the impact of various adjustable parameters in the control software? For this reason, Piseo opened up the heart of the T3S from Iray, bypassing the original software and using its own in-house developed algorithms. It looked at the reliability and the accuracy of the numerous software parameters and gave insights into the image processing chain.
If you are curious about the general thermal imaging market, the effect of EST, the rise of Chinese manufacturers and their technological choices for hardware or software and algorithms, then you just need to participate in our exclusive webcast.
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Technology & Market Analyst, Imaging & MEMS at Yole Development
Senior Technology & Cost Analyst at System Plus Consulting
Innovation Leader and System Architect at Piséo