Use of Infrared Imaging in Securing Critical Infrastructure

“Critical infrastructure are the assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, public health or safety, or any combination thereof..” – Department of Homeland Security

Many technologies are used to protect critical infrastructure. In this webinar, we will discuss how thermal infrared imaging is being used for surveillance to better enable critical infrastructure protection. The session will include a brief overview of the vast infrastructure areas that must be protected, an introduction to thermal infrared technology and thermal imaging cameras, a quick comparison to other sensors—visible cameras and image intensified devices—and examples of infrastructure protection schemas.

You will learn how infrared thermal imaging systems can greatly enable infrastructure protection. With an infrared thermal imaging system—gimbaled, multiple field of view (FOV)—the operator will be able to:

  • Detect and possible identify vehicle and pedestrian traffic in unauthorized areas [with wide FOV];
  • See through rain, snow, fog, smoke;
  • Excellent operation both day and night;
  • Bypass the limitations of visible cameras and image intensified devices. (night, upset gain control, image blooming).

: September 29, 2011
TIME: 2:00PM EST - 1:00PM CST - 11:00AM PST


Edward [Ned] Bragg, Optical Systems Consultant

Edward “Ned” Bragg has more than 30 years experience and expertise in infrared imaging and currently an independent optical systems engineering consultant. Throughout his career, Bragg has been involved in infrared (IR) thermal imaging systems for military night vision, fire control systems, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, beam directors, and weapon sights for the military, defense industry and as a consultant to enterprise business. While serving in the Air Force, Ned was a HEL Laser Beam Control Engineer involving among other things the thermal imaging system used for the HEL system. Additionally he was a staff agency security manager (SASM) at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory (AFWL) in the early 1980s. In this role, he led the information and physical security efforts for the Laser Development Division which was the lead organization for the Airborne Laser Laboratory (ALL), a highly modified NKC-135. Additionally, he served on the AFWL System Safety Committee while he was executive officer of the Optics and Beam Control Division.

Duration: 1 Hour