In Russia the testing and certification of physical security and safety products destined for nuclear power stations and other atomic facilities is the responsibility of the Interdisciplinary Special Training Centre (ISTC) at Obninsk. Part of Rosatom, the national atomic energy corporation, the ISTC is a world class training centre with laboratories and testing grounds which have recently been expanded and equipped with the latest equipment for electromagnetic, functional, climatic and mechanical testing.
At the ISTC new products and systems are checked under conditions which are as close as possible to those found on nuclear sites, and investigations include responses to power failures and other technical problems. “This is a special focus of ours and what sets our approach apart from other certification systems,” comments Evgeny Taranov, head of standards and certification.
In 2010 GVS ZAO Geutebruck’s Russian subsidiary took the unprecedented step of putting practically the whole Geutebruck video security product range through the testing and certification process. Besides Russian language documentation for all individual components and complete CCTV systems, GVS ZAO also had to back this up with large volumes of operational data and evidence of the rigorous production quality control measures implemented by Geutebruck to ensure its consistent high quality.
With high profile customers including Gasprom, government departments and the Russian Federation Central Bank, GVS ZAO is well-established in the Russian security market. Not only are Geutebruck system solutions already standard at Rosatom sites associated with the international programmes for the EU and USA atomic security, but some of their equipment is already installed by a number of Russian systems integrators in companies in the atomic energy industry and in Rosatom scientific research sites and nuclear weapons complexes. So why make the extra effort to get certification?
“Certification gives us an important competitive advantage,” explains Konstantin Arbuzov, GVS ZAO’s marketing manager for Russia and CIS countries. “It opens up new sales opportunities and helps to promote new developments. For customers who don’t necessarily operate in the atomic field, this ‘OIT’ certificate represents the ultimate confirmation of security and functional capabilities and that gives Geutebruck the edge over other video security systems.