How does Thermal Imaging Work?
Thermal images are created using infrared radiation (IR); most things emit some form of IR including animals. Infrared radiation is directly effected by temperature; the higher the temperature the more infrared radiation is emitted, and the inverse is also true. By using IR to detect temperature readings the camera generates a thermal image by applying a colour palette to the different intensities of infrared radiation. Thermal imaging is ideal for use around livestock as it is a non-invasive way of detecting and monitoring problems.
Why use Thermal Imaging?
Thermal imaging use as a diagnostic tool in the agricultural industry is set to become a must-have for all farmers. The reason for the growth in using thermal cameras for diagnosing animal health problems is because it is quick, non-contact and non-invasive to the animal. This can be particularly useful when you are dealing with large animals such as cattle or horses as they won’t hear or notice the thermal camera taking thermal images so no stress is directed onto the animal.
With farm machinery becoming more complex thermal imaging will also prove to be a very useful tool in finding problems with either failing parts or problems in the electrical systems.
Thermal imaging can be used in the crop growing sector, this maybe in drones used to identify crop problems or for helping to detect when crops are ready for harvesting.
The Technology of the Future!
Thermal imaging technology can be used right across the agricultural sector, from poultry farmers to market gardeners and everyone in-between. Initial research was aimed mainly at the livestock sector but this is now being expanded. Some big organizations are already on-board with Miracle Tech and are carrying out other research. Due to a massive reduction in thermal camera costs over the last few years thermal imaging is set to become a must have for all farmers.
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