Thermal imaging in Cat phones invaluable in fighting wildfires in South Africa

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This week, South Africa’s Garden Route area on the East Coast has again been devastated by serious wildfires, causing extensive damage to forests, farms and property, and tragically leaving eight people dead in its wake.

Gee Swart, Director of EDR International, made contact with us today once the fires were under control to tell us how invaluable the Cat S60 phone’s integrated thermal imaging capabilities are when fighting wildfires.

“Not only did my Cat S60 survive being blasted with a high-pressure fire-fighting hose, but I dropped it in hot ash, to the extent that it was too hot for me to pick up with my gloves – and unbelievably, the phone is absolutely fine and working 100%” – Gee Swart

Thermal camera of the Cat S60 used to locate hot spots

When the fire has been put out, the integrated FLIR® thermal imaging camera in the Cat S60 phone is used to detect “hot spots”, which are in danger of flaring up again.

Using Cat S60 thermal camera to locate hotspots at scene of fire | Cat phones

Gee provided us with some of these great thermal images, explaining, “All of these images were taken of areas that were being sprayed with water in an effort to mop up and ensure no flare ups. The FLIR did really help expose areas where we needed to douse the area even more…. I left the fire-fighting team from Cape Town that I assisted completely amazed at the functionality of the Cat S60!”

Being able to use Cat phones while wearing gloves and when the screen is wet is another essential need when firefighting

Many firefighting teams carry bigger FLIR thermal imaging cameras with them, which are not always practical when you’re at the front, fighting wildfires. For a firefighter, having a rugged mobile phone in your pocket, that also has the thermal imaging capabilities is an invaluable tool.

Being able to use Cat phones while wearing gloves and when the screen is wet is another essential need when firefighting – phones get exposed to a lot of dust, dirt and ash and need to be dust- and drop-proof, too.

Gee told us that he can’t believe the ruggedness of his Cat S60 and the extreme conditions it has survived. “Not only did my Cat S60 survive being blasted with a high-pressure fire-fighting hose, but I dropped it in hot ash, to the extent that it was too hot for me to pick up with my gloves – and unbelievably, the phone is absolutely fine and working 100%”, said an impressed Gee.

Read more about the integrated thermal imaging capabilities of the Cat S60 and the Cat S61.

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