Success Stories: Critical Infrastructure

A roundup of recent unique security applications & installations


Rompetrol Rafinare SA, Romania’s second-largest oil company, is using an Infinova fiber optics video system to watch over multiple facilities inside its 1,186-acre Rompetrol Rafinare Refinery facility in Navodari.

Using outdoor cameras — many with an IP66 rating to protect against the maritime environment — security operations staff can view what is going on within the refinery at all times plus refer to a record of any incidents using the supplier’s DVRs.
The system also features an Infinova V2010 video matrix switcher system which enables 10 refinery security operations personnel to view 10 monitors while operating 10 keyboards simultaneously. The system is administered by integrator Global Security System SA (Bucharest).

“We refine over 14,000 tons of crude oil per day so it is very important that we can monitor activities throughout our refinery,” says Laurentiu Sofron, Rompetrol Rafinare SA project manager. “However, it is quite difficult to provide high-performance video in such a large area, especially one with all the electrical interference found in a refinery.”

“With fiber optics, the refinery has no problems with electro-magnetic interference (EMI), radio frequency interference (RFI), cross-talk or ground loops,” adds Liviu Vladulescu, technical director for Global Security System SA. “The large signal carrying capacity of optical fibers makes it possible to provide not only many more signals, but also more sophisticated signals than could ever be handled by a comparable amount of copper wire.”

Pa. Water Facilities behind Secure Fence

Aqua Pennsylvania, Aqua America’s largest subsidiary serving more than 1.4 million residents in 30 counties across the state, has deployed the Secure Fence electronic fiber optic perimeter system from Future Fibre Technologies to protect 24 of its facilities.

Systems integrator Unlimited Technology Inc. installed the fence systems, which feature software-derived zoning and GPS intruder locating. It requires no electronics in the field and is certified “green,” operating on less power than is required to run two 60 watt household light bulbs.

The fence is equipped with the supplier’s patented ARaD technology to overcome the traditional problems of nuisance alarms.

Texas Water Treatment Plant Deploys Wireless Perimeter Protection

Aqua Water Supply, a non-profit water provider, has implemented a wireless perimeter security system from Inovonics and Optex to protect a water treatment facility in Bastrop, Texas.

Turnkey Security integrated Inovonics RF module transmitters with the Optex iSeries outdoor motion detectors for comprehensive and real-time perimeter protection. The combined perimeter protection system provides around-the-clock perimeter monitoring to prevent theft, vandalism and crime. The system provides a complete wireless secure perimeter around the water treatment facility and is incorporated into the plant’s existing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

Additionally, Inovonics universal transmitters provide tank hatch monitoring to stop potential unauthorized access to water storage tanks. “The seamless integration with our existing SCADA system made implementation very easy,” says Bill Loven, GM of Aqua Water Supply. “We are confident that this security solution is the best match for protecting our water treatment plant.”