Silent Sentinel - Power Stations Thermal Oculus Choice

Power Stations Thermal Oculus Choice

A major new installation involving Silent Sentinel equipment demonstrates that, in difficult trading conditions, it’s not always the usual solutions that prove the most cost effective.

A major new installation involving Silent Sentinel equipment demonstrates that, in difficult trading conditions, it’s not always the usual solutions that prove the most cost effective.

The upgrade and expansion of CCTV surveillance at a large power station in the north of England originally proposed the use of multiple PTZ cameras – until Silent Sentinel suggested a simpler alternative. These multiple dome cameras, complete with infrared (IR) illumination, were to have been column-mounted, 200m apart, with each unit having a maximum IR illuminated view of 100m. But the installation of cameras, columns and cables on sites like this can absorb a large portion of the security budget, before running costs are even considered.

Working with North Lincolnshire installation company NX1 (UK), Silent Sentinel came up with a way of significantly reducing this outlay. It offered the added advantage of providing useable images in all weather conditions, day or night, without the extra expense of additional illumination.

Silent Sentinel's Thermal Oculus system was the cost effective solution specified, following a successful onsite demonstration.

Dean Nixon, NX1’s Managing Director, says the 1km man-detection range of Thermal Oculus

Meant the number of proposed cameras covering a specific area of the power station could be replaced completely by just one camera.

“Although the system’s initial cost is higher than the standard Oculus camera, the decision to ‘go thermal' in this situation was undoubtedly cost effective. Reducing the number of proposed cameras has also cut the video inputs used on the matrix, adding to the savings on the project,” he comments. “Onsite security staff can control the Thermal Oculus camera just like a conventional PTZ dome, include its 36x optical zoom. Thermal Oculus has improved the overall security on this site, reduced installation costs and provided the best solution for our customer's needs."

A second Thermal Oculus has already been added to cover an additional part of the site and a planned phase two of the security scheme involves a further 11 units. There are also plans to introduce a Oculus Radar Vision system, which provides detection up to an 800m radius, When used in conjunction with a Silent Sentinel Oculus dual optical/ thermal camera, RadarVision can observe people, animals and vehicles without the need for artificial lighting, providing images in fog, mist, rain and snow conditions for true 24/7 detection.