Twelve months ago, Secure Engineering won the tender to extend the existing camera system at one of the largest water sites in the UK.
Secure Engineering, based in Kent in the UK, were in the unique position of knowing the site very well, having worked alongside the water company for all of our 25 years in the electronic security and surveillance industry.
The site in question has over 40 analogue cameras in place, and needed nine new cameras to be used primarily for process monitoring, and also for security. Secure Engineering looked at the site holistically, working out how the camera infrastructure could be utilised to be IP compatible, with the greatest opportunities for the other analogue cameras to be updated when budgets allowed.
Water sites can be somewhat harsh environments, with spray, dust and dirt potentially risking image quality. Secure recognised that Infrared LED cameras with integrated wiper facilities were needed, to keep the images clear in all weather and lighting conditions.
“We installed a Dallmeier NVR, and nine new analogue cameras by Redvision, with IP encoders added to each one. The cameras were linked with an 8-core fibre optic cable, configured in a self-healing ring network that ensures uninterrupted service,” the company said. “This provides the beginning of a new modular system, which the remaining analogue cameras can be added to over time.”
This work phase nears completion, and will be completed early this year.
Meanwhile, Secure Engineering were fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of the Raytec Spartan floodlight at its offices a few weeks before its launch.
Unveiled to the public in January 2014, this white light has been designed specifically for hazardous environments with ground-breaking high performance and reliability; together with Raytec’s trademark energy-saving (and money-saving) value.
A toughened glass window and marine-grade aluminium casing give this 2,250 lumens floodlight its robust exterior, designed to withstand harsh environments. The Spartan floodlight is ATEX & IECEx approved as explosion-proof for all Zone 1 and Zone 2 hazardous areas. It’s also designed and manufactured in the UK, making the light particularly valuable for companies that are seeking to support British manufacturing, and to make their business more sustainable.
Raytec’s Peter Hulme explained that the new light has been designed for easy installation, easy maintenance, easy inspection, and long life performance.
He demonstrated the VARIO holographic lens, and the variable beam patterns that the light can display. This provides far greater control over the intensity and distance of illumination. The Spartan flood light uses thermal management technology, ensuring a cooler LED operating temperature, which allows the product to operate for 10 or more years, half of which are covered by a five-year warranty.
Secure Engineering is offering seminars featuring Raytec’s Spartan floodlight and other types of site lighting. To learn more about the demo days, visit the testimonials page on the company website.