We had been entrusted to set up an integrated Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) network at one of our customer’s most sensitive installations in western India. This particular site is also one of India’s largest Crude Oil processing terminals covering the entire scope of processing on the western shore.
The topography of the site was unmatched and unprecedented. There was the sea on one side and densely forested hills on the other, leaving the site vulnerable to nature’s fury. There was also a potential risk of terrorist threats as well, owing to the geopolitical tensions with neighbouring countries.
Furthermore, conventional equipment or methods could not be used as the environment was hazardous. Thus, effectively covering the expanse of 15 sq km of the terminal area became a formidable task for our design engineers.
The plan envisaged the setting up of CCTV’s at 64 locations and 16 monitoring stations. One of the major tasks that we accomplished was powering all the switches, servers, and remote cameras through a central UPS, which included massive cable sizing calculations.
We installed different types of CCTV cameras at critical locations, an endeavour that required meticulous planning and foresight. Among the different types of cameras, the Explosion-proof cameras were the ones that needed special care as they were heavy (35 kg each) and needed to be installed several meters above the ground, in high-risk zones called ‘red zones’.
Red zones are extremely hazardous zones where the use of any kind of welding or cutting tool was a big risk. Our engineers figured that the best way to erect pillars and mount cameras on top of them, using special fixtures.
The entire CCTV network is managed by the use of a Network Video Management System, providing configuration management, performance management, advanced analytics, and security management functions.
A centralised UPS system provides 30 minutes of backup time to all remote elements like switches, servers, Industrial grade power
supplies, and different types of cameras. Usage of Pelco Weatherproof and Explosion-proof PTZ cameras provided durability and safety in all weather conditions, whereas the NVMS of DVTEL Inc. ensured real-time surveillance monitoring of the plant.
In the entire run of the project and at all points of time, we ensured that proper Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) measures were strictly enforced. There was a competent authority deputed to monitor each and every process continuously, leading up to the final completion of the project.
This one-of-its-kind CCTV implementation project showcases a well-planned undertaking by us, which reaffirms our ability to render competent communications solutions in any situation.
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