Success Stories: Critical Infrastructure

A roundup of recent unique security applications & installations


Dutch Power Company Chooses IP

E.ON Benelux has deployed IP Video surveillance beyond its traditional security role to create a more efficient business operation at its Dutch power generation complex in Rotterdam. Using IndigoVision’s distributed IP Video solution, E.ON has extended the use of surveillance at two of its electricity generating stations to process control, health and safety and logistics, as well as site-wide security.

In 2008, the facilities’ analog CCTV equipment was replaced with an IP video system as part of a project to refurbish the central process control room that monitors two coal fired plants. Three PC workstations running Control Center, IndigoVision’s Video Management Software, monitor the process around both plants including oil-burners, coal grinders, gypsum silos, fly-ash waste containers and coal storage fields. The supplier’s Network Video Recorders (NVRs) record the video for post process analysis if required. Four of the cameras have IndigoVision’s real time analytics enabled to automatically detect problems at the fly-ash shoots.

“Using the original analog surveillance equipment E.ON required 14 people to monitor and control the plant,” says Piet van Vliet of QCAT, the system integrator for the project. “After integrating IP Video technology into the new central control room they can now achieve the same with only two operators — a significant cost saving.”

E.ON expanded the system to encompass the perimeter security surveillance around the construction site of a new generating station. The distributed nature of the system enables the PTZ cameras, which are located around the site, to be connected into the existing system. A separate standalone NVR located in the site office records video from the construction site only for evidential purposes.

In 2009, a new video system was deployed to monitor and secure the logistics process across the complex. This encompasses the movement of personnel, visitors and supply vehicles as well as delivery of coal and biomass. Video from high-performance analog fixed and PTZ cameras is transmitted over a hybrid wireless and fiber network using IndigoVision’s transmitter modules. The footage is accessible on the existing process control network and recorded by additional NVRs.

Cleveland Water Turns to PSIM

The Cleveland Water Department (CWD) is the 8th-largest water facility in the United States, serving the city of Cleveland and its surrounding areas. It supplies water to 397,707 residential and 14,876 commercial customers.

The Department has chosen the IPSecurityCenter Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software from CNL Software to help protect its facilities from a range of security risks such as contamination due to activism, terrorism or criminal activity.

The solution will be delivered by integrator ProTech Security. The PSIM solution will provide a platform for all future physical security enhancements, enabling CWD to build a complete command-and-control solution.

Arizona Electric Facility Protects Substations

APS, Arizona’s largest electric utility serving more than 1.1 million customers, has chosen the ULISSE IR360 from Videotec to monitor its critical infrastructure and substations — often in difficult-to-reach locations.

A solution for day/night surveillance, the camera’s positioning system integrates a high performance pan/tilt head with housing, telemetry receiver and two infrared LED illuminators without external rotating cables. Several of these units have been installed to monitor APS substations, with substations covered with as few as two and as many as nine units.

The cameras come with twin 20 degree IRBD Illuminators, and they have been fitted with a WV-CL934 Panasonic 1/2” camera and a 154mm Rainbow CCTV 1/2” lens — which gives about 900’ FOV in darkness and 1350’ FOV in daylight.

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