Building Australia’s vital infrastructure and utilities network requires advanced security cameras, deterrence systems and surveillance for safer operations.
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Utilities and Infrastructure Security Cameras, Deterrence Systems and Surveillance

Connecting communities spanning over 7.6 million square kilometres (Geoscience Australia) is no mean feat. Australian utilities and infrastructure businesses have a colossal task in maintaining the power, water, communications and other economic infrastructure that keep the world’s sixth largest country running.
Whether it is a solar farm in Western Australia, a gas pipeline in outback Queensland or a water treatment plant in Sydney, utilities are required to operate and maintain a diverse array of discrete and disparate assets for generation, treatment, transportation and many other purposes.  These assets are expensive, they are potentially hazardous to the community and the need to keep them running all the time is integral to the operations of our modern society.  Anywhere, anytime surveillance,monitoring and deterrence with cameras and other sensors can be very effective in addressing the challenges of utility assets. 

The Utilities Challenge

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Organisations in the utilities sector, whether privately owned or publicly funded, are charged with installing, maintaining and servicing Australia’s vital economic assets. These include:

 

  • Power generation, transmission and distribution
  • Water sourcing, treatment, transmission and distribution
  • Wastewater transmission, treatment and disposal
  • Telecommunications
  • Gas distribution and distribution

 

In each of the above cases, there are combinations of large facilities, transportation assets spread across often very large distances and distribution networks to end consumers (or generators).  The operations of these assets are vulnerable to disruption at any point along their value and supply chain.  Furthermore, real harm can befall the community (economic loss, physical harm, general disruption) should these assets be disrupted or accessed by intruders, who can also be directly harmed or killed.  Stopping intruders or unauthorised access before it happens is extremely valuable.  Being able to monitor remote assets, directly and autonomously also can have tremendous preventative benefit.

The threats to utilities and infrastructure organisations

Without the ability to monitor worker whereabouts or personal health and safety, utilities and infrastructure groups run the risk of endangering staff, especially in the most remote locations. Harsh climate conditions can be a threat to field worker health and safety, especially if they become isolated during operations. Unmanned servicing sites also typically don’t have the basic amenities required for long-term stays – as such, if an operator is stranded in the field, surveillance will alert logistics managers to the need for onsite support.

 

The remote nature of work in the utilities and infrastructure industry also means that fixed equipment or facilities can easily be damaged or removed without anyone realising. Whether due to natural events, such as a storm, or vandalism, managers aware of a problem prior to dispatching a team can negate any potential risks arising. Further, remote access to video footage of a given site can help businesses identify ongoing threats to their premises. For example, more frequent human or animal activity onsite can indicate a perimeter fence in need of repair or strengthening. This insight can help operators to make informed decisions without needing to travel to a site.

 

Keeping an eye on key infrastructure assets through managed security patrols is simply too costly, especially in the remote regions utilities companies typically work in. On top of that, managing the safety of field workers is a concern for business leaders, and a pain point Spectur can address.

How utility focussed security cameras and deterrence systems work

Warning systems are crucial to utility and infrastructure site security. Whether notifying a logistics manager of an incident involving a field worker, or alerting them to intruders onsite, remote viewing of facilities is critical. An independently powered security camera, with maximum video feed uptime and connectable to other warning devices, is the ideal remote security solution. This is particularly true when paired with other surveillance technology and deterrence systems.

Leading video surveillance systems should accommodate the following features:

Maximum power uptime

A security camera solution isn’t effective unless it offers 24/7 monitoring. That means every video device needs to be able to run independently from the electrical grid on a reliable power supply and also independently of a wifi or other cabled connectivity solution. Solar powered cameras absorb the sun’s energy, which combined with appropriate battery storage and a wireless connection to the interent, ensure a reliable ongoing video feed.

Remote video viewing and access

Operators need to be able to access footage of utilities and infrastructure facilities on-the-go, particularly when traveling between a ‘home base’ and servicing stations. Specialised remote security cameras link users through a mobile app or computer device to time lapse footage of incidents at key sites. This ensures those who need to monitor activities for safety compliance remain connected.

Warning and deterrence systems.

This factor should fulfil two functions – warn field workers about potential security threats and discourage intruders from entering sites, damaging or stealing assets and disrupting operations. This system can include audio warnings encouraging trespassers to leave, or motion-timed illumination to startle anyone that shouldn’t be onsite. This reduces or supplements the need for a response team to address any lingering security concerns.

Additional thermal imaging technology

State-of-the-art thermal cameras can reliably detect human activity up to 250m away – ideal for remote sites that are hard to access by manned security patrols. This technology can be linked to a warning system for response teams or a deterrence system designed to warn off intruders with a verbal message.

Spectur and security for utilities 

Designed and manufactured locally, Spectur’s range of solutions, including the popular HD5 and Thermal wireless solar security cameras, are ideal for any business in the utilities sector. Offering comprehensive and reliable oversight of key facilities, Spectur also offers devices such as motion sensors, warning systems and IoT platforms to help you build a surveillance, sensing and security network tailored to your needs.

 

Spectur’s remote security cameras, deterrence systems and surveillance solutions provide logistics managers with the remote access needed to keep watch over staff during day-to-day maintenance or repair work.

 

If you are ready to learn more about how we can help, reach out to the Spectur team on the Contact Us page.

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