Oil theft within Nigeria has long been a major issue. In a bit to halt the theft of crude and illegally refined oil, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is to deploy UAVs equipped with infrared cameras. It is hoped that footage received from UAVs will make it easier to locate and prosecute offenders.
The driest spring in 100 years has left Washington State at the mercy of devastating wildfires. To combat these blazes, the U.S. Department of the Interior is trialling UAVs equipped with infrared cameras. Thanks to infrared, officials can now learn much more about the ‘Paradise fire’ blaze currently raging within Olympic National Park.
Turkey is a major importer of oil & gas as well as an emerging energy transit hub for Western Europe. In order to prevent their energy security being undermined by the Kurdistan Workers Party, Turkish forces are now using fixed infrared cameras and mounted patrols to monitor key pipelines.
As conflict, famine and poverty have led to an influx of migrants and refugees entering the European Union, member states are now employing more advanced methods to secure their borders. The use of infrared (or thermal) cameras by law enforcement officials being one such approach.