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Thermal Imaging Market Size, By Product (Handheld/Portable Camera, Fixed/Mounted Core, Scopes & Vision Goggles), By Technology (Cooled, Uncooled), By End-Use (Automotive, Commercial, Government & Defense, Healthcare & Life Science, Industrial, Residential), By Application (Detection & Measurement, Monitoring & Inspection, Personal Vision System, Search & Rescue, Security & Surveillance), COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

  • Report ID: GMI2654
  • Published Date: Jun 2020
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Thermal Imaging Market Size

Thermal Imaging Market size exceeded USD 7 billion in 2019 and is projected to grow at over 19% CAGR between 2020 and 2026. The global industry shipments are poised to cross 7.5 million units by 2026. The rapid adoption of thermal imaging technology among various end-use verticals, such as automotive, government & defense, and healthcare & life science, to monitor critical infrastructure and enhance security will drive the market growth.

Thermal Imaging Market

Terrorist activities have been causing great losses for government agencies and non-governmental organizations globally. Increasing terrorism, geopolitical tension, instability, and cross-border terrorism have raised severe concerns on the capability and efficiency of border patrol and soldiers. The need for soldier modernization programs and upgrade of military equipment will foster the market demand for thermal imaging solutions. The technology helps armed forces to defend the borders during extreme weather conditions and nightfall.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has increased the market revenue for thermal imaging solutions from the healthcare and transportation industries. Several thermal imaging market players are developing innovative solutions that are incorporated with AI. In May 2020, Honeywell International, Inc. introduced an AI-enabled thermal imager that detects elevated body temperatures at the entryway of factories, airports, distribution centers, and other commercial buildings. With strict social distancing norms being implemented in several economies, the industry growth for such thermal imagers will gain prominence at public places and airports to trace patients.

Thermal Imaging Market Analysis

In U.S. handheld/portable cameras in the thermal imaging market is predicted to witness 10% growth rate through 2026. These cameras are used in applications where visual camouflage or fog hinders the vision. Major market applications of handheld products are in the government & defense sector for the identification of potential threats during day and night. For the search & rescue team, handheld thermal imagers provide clear images in total darkness. The need to deliver mission-critical information to save lives has led to the high market usage of these rugged and portable systems to reveal the location of the victims.

Portable thermal imagers have also gained traction in research-related purposes for planned quality control, preventive maintenance, energy conservation, and environmental control. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists use high-resolution portable cameras in surface or groundwater interaction studies and investigations. Cameras are used to locate and characterize heat anomalies in lakes, streams, and adjacent structures. The compact size of cameras allows hydrologists to rapidly identify real-time variations in temperature at high-resolution at remote field sites.

Europe cooled thermal imaging market is estimated to attain a CAGR of 9% till 2026. These cameras have an imaging sensor, electronics for interfacing & onboard image processing, and a cryocooler. The integration of cryocooler can detect the slightest temperature variations and reduce the sensor temperature to around 200° Celsius. The cameras provide image quality, high sensitivity, and frame rate for research applications.

The UK, Germany, and France are increasingly adopting expensive cooled thermal imaging solutions which include cryogenic cooling units. The thermal imaging market progression for cooled camera is propelling attributed to growing applications across manufacturing plants, healthcare facilities and automobiles. The superior sensitivity feature of cooled cameras helps in long-range imaging and low-contrast scenes. The industry expansion is anticipated to increase in other critical infrastructures such as airports, pipelines, high security buildings, nuclear power plants and correction facilities. Thermal imaging products are useful for detection of challenges faced in the hidden compartments of such infrastructure.

Spain Thermal Imaging Market

For security & surveillance purposes, thermal imaging solutions are being widely used in utility, marine, oil & gas, and critical infrastructure environments for process safety and offshore threat detection. High-powered thermal perimeter security cameras monitor and safeguard assets effectively. They are also used for intruder detection in facilities, solar farms, and prisons. The Abertura Solar Park, a solar plant in Spain has installed 27 FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras to protect its nine-kilometer-long perimeter.

In the healthcare industry, several researchers are deploying thermal cameras to capture and measure human temperature owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These cameras aid in detecting temperature with precision and detail. The technology is also used to detect several other illnesses, wherein skin temperatures reflect the underlying tissue inflammation or variations in blood flow. In September 2019, healthcare facilities in France adopted infrared thermography as a substitution to X-rays in mammograms for screening breast cancer. The infrared thermography is less invasive and painless compared to mammography. It detects temperature differences on the body’s surface. The growing thermal imaging market market adoption in healthcare & life science sector will spur further innovations in neonatal care.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has driven the market acceptance of thermal imaging solutions at public facilities to screen people with elevated body temperatures. In May 2020, in the U.S., the Los Angeles International Airport announced the deployment of thermal cameras to screen passengers and prevent the spread of the virus. Similarly, in South Korea, the Incheon International Airport deployed FLIR Systems’ thermal cameras to identify travelers with elevated skin temperature in outbound and inbound flights.

Asia Pacific Thermal Imaging Market

Asia Pacific thermal imaging market accounted for around 25% of revenue share in 2019. Increasing population and rising needs for high-quality and improved transportation are impelling the regional automotive market. Automakers have been focusing on improving designs and incorporating the latest technology solutions such as LiDAR, Radar, and thermal imaging for better driver assistance. Road tracking systems and night vision cameras are observing a promising industry progression across high-end vehicles in the region.

China, India, and South Korea are investing heftily to upgrade their military weapons to defend their borders. Leaders in the thermal imaging market are developing several solutions for military operations, depending on the specifications and operations of these defense sectors. China’s military spending is increasing at a rapid pace. The country is adopting advanced military weapons to strengthen its military presence around the world. The country is the second-largest military spending economy in the world.

Thermal Imaging Market Share

Key companies operating in the thermal imaging market include:

  • 3M Scott
  • BAE Systems Imaging Solutions
  • FLIR Systems, Inc
  • Axis Communications (parent Canon, Inc.)
  • Leonardo DRS
  • Raytheon Company
  • L3 Technologies, Inc
  • Seek Thermal
  • Fluke Corporation
  • Tonbo Imaging

Companies are focusing on launching robust products to strengthen their market presence.

The thermal imaging market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD and shipments in units from 2016 to 2026 for the following segments:

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Market, By Product

  • Fixed/ mounted core
  • Handheld/ portable camera
  • Scopes & vision googles

Market, By Technology

  • Cooled
  • Uncooled

Market, By End-Use

  • Automotive
  • Commercial
  • Government & defense
  • Healthcare & life sciences
  • Industrial
  • Residential
  • Others

Market, By Application

  • Detection & measurement
  • Monitoring & inspection
  • Personal vision systems
  • Search & rescue
  • Security & surveillance
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Israel
    • South Africa


Authors: Suraj Gujar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of thermal imaging crossed USD 7 billion in 2019.

The industry share of thermal imaging is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 19% between 2020 and 2026.

The cooled technology segment in the European market is predicted to witness a growth rate of around 9% during the forecast timespan.

According to the analysts at GMI, the handheld/portable cameras segment in the U.S. market will expand at more than 10% CAGR through 2026.

Several researchers are deploying thermal cameras to capture and measure human temperature owing to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These cameras aid in detecting temperature with precision and detail. The technology is also used to detect several other illnesses, wherein skin temperatures reflect the underlying tissue inflammation or variations in blood flow.

Key players operating in the industry include 3M Scott, BAE Systems Imaging Solutions, FLIR Systems, Inc., Axis Communications (parent Canon, Inc.), Leonardo DRS, Raytheon Company, L3 Technologies, Inc., Seek Thermal, Fluke Corporation, and Tonbo Imaging.

Thermal Imaging Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2019
  • Companies covered: 25
  • Tables & Figures: 637
  • Countries covered: 20
  • Pages: 450
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