Course Description

Course Name

CVS 401: System Integration Topics


To provide system integrators with the information necessary to integrate FLIR products with common third party software, hardware and network components.

Summary Description

FLIR thermal imaging systems are integrated most often with other third-party security devices in Security and Surveillance applications. FLIR thermal imagers typically provide an important complement to ordinary daylight cameras in overall video security solutions. This course provides an overview of integration topics and the common issues involved with integrating thermal cameras with other types of security equipment. The course provides a comprehensive survey of the requirements for integrating thermal imagers in legacy CCTV networks as well as emerging TCP/IP security backbones. Background information covering industry standards for power, video, serial command and control, IP communications, video streaming and video analytics is provided. Installation and integration requirements for individual FLIR cameras is described, with additional information provided regarding integration to common security network components, such as monitors, switches, and video encoders. This courser covers integration of FLIR Systems cameras with matrix switchers, radars, Pelco devices, video analytic software and other video security infrastructure components. Using case studies and demonstrations, the course explores the capabilities and limitations of FLIR products in the context of interoperability with complementary 3rd party products. Lab exercises involve installation and integration of FLIR cameras to an actual security network1.

Course Duration

The course duration is typically 6-8 hours, and can be varied depending on the audience comprehension level, the lab activities used, and the amount of training material covered.
The course typically is combined with other related courses in a multi-day sequence.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for anyone involved with the integration, installation and support of FLIR CVS thermal imaging solutions in legacy CCTV networks and IP networks for
security and surveillance applications. End users of the thermal imaging equipment will also benefit from the course.

Course Prerequisites

The CVS 101: Fundamentals of Thermal Imaging course is a prerequisite to this course. Familiarity with security and surveillance applications, legacy security networks and
TCP/IP networks is very helpful but not required.

Course Objectives


After taking the course, the student will:

  • Be familiar with system integration topics and related issues associated with integrating FLIR’s thermal imaging solutions
  • Understand the choices made when integrating software, cameras and systems


Upon completion, the student will be able to:

  • Recall fundamental concepts from the prerequisite course
  • Be able to describe the various components of video security networks
  • Be able to install and configure various FLIR thermal imaging products
  • Be able to integrate with common video components, such as monitors, switches and encoders.
  • Be able to establish a real-time video stream from a video encoder
  • Describe system integration requirements for various applications
  • Describe how the network component choices impact performance, cost, suitability to an application, and so on

Note: This course provides limited instruction on installation and operation. The course includes demonstrations and exercises, and hands-on experience may be somewhat
limited by equipment availability. Refer to the course catalog for more information regarding more advanced courses and contact us directly to discuss specifically the
training environment and what kind of experience you can expect.

Course Materials

Students will be provided with a training manual that includes a hardcopy of the slide presentation(s). A certificate of completion will be provided to all attendees.

Training Environment

An instructor PC and video projector are required for the lectures. In order to do the exercises, the instructor will ideally have several thermal imagers available in the classroom. The learning experience will be enhanced with large screen monitors and/or the ability to project the image from a given camera.

For the training sections on the Nexus software, each student will complete exercises at a PC using the tools to simulate an application. Therefore ideally each student will have access to a PC with Internet access and the appropriate software loaded. If not enough PCs are available, then some students may be able to use their own laptops (this may require wireless Internet access), or the limited number of PCs will have to be shared.


1 May be subject to equipment availability and training facilities capacity


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