With the cost of copper and other metals increasing substantially over the last year or so, there seems to be a worrying and increasing trend of thefts and attempted break-ins at remote Pumping Station sites at present.
The target in many cases is the copper windings in the electric motors and inside high current cables. It is not so much the theft of the materials, although that is obviously a problem, but also the damage that is caused to other equipment, structures and buildings in removing these items, customers have reported chains being used to attach to pump motors, and then vehicles being used to pull these items away from their fixed concrete bases. The other problem customers have reported is vandalism and public safety issues. The consequence of this is that with the disruption caused, it can take many months to get the Pump Station operational again and insurance renewal costs will have to rise as a result of this.
In response to this Oriel have introduced their Video Intelligent Telemetry Outstation or “VITO” a low-cost cctv video monitoring solution that can be installed at any remote site even though it may not be connected to a land-line. For those customers that already have an Oriel outstation, their existing unit can be easily upgraded to provide live colour video back at the main office.
After a successful trial at one of their remote Pump Stations, Lindsey Marsh DB have placed the order for 10 more of their remote Pump Station sites to be linked up with cctv and integrated into the Main LMDB Telemetry System at Louth. This will ensure that their insurance renewal costs remain low and the system should pay for itself in a matter of years.
The cctv monitoring system comprises a state of the art outdoor day and night colour camera at the site, fixed in a strategically placed location that monitors access to the site at all times and sends real-time video back to the Control Centre in Louth using Mobile Broadband / 3G technology. Door switches and PIR sensors have been installed at any potential entrance points. If any unauthorized access occurs it is immediately reported to the Duty Engineers by voice message on their mobile phones, the Duty engineer can then view the relevant site screen in real-time on the Main Telemetry PC. A continuous 24/7 high resolution (HD) video is automatically stored onto Oriels’ VITO, which can then be downloaded onto a memory stick and re-played using a free to use media player available on the internet.
For further information please contact us on 01249 705070 or www.orielsystems.com