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Surveillance Technology in Hazardous Environments: A Look at the Future

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hes mar april 19 5Surveillance Technology in Hazardous Environments: A Look at the Future

Simon Reed, Regional Sales Director Europe, ONVU Technologies

Safety and security are two critical pillars in organizations, such as oil and gas E&P, chemical processing and manufacturing.

Technology developed to meet these organizations centered on the balance between providing innovation with functionality, and security. While these environments can become the target of threats, such as vandalism, (Read More)

theft and even terrorist attacks, measured response incorporating emerging technology solutions can protect employees, assets and the surrounding communities.

At the center of this innovation are several technology buzzwords:  artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), advanced cybersecurity, and video-centric analytics which rely heavily on video. For hazardous environments, the protection of video capture equipment and the implementation of robust camera functionality bring increased insight into a site.

Machine learning and AI-enabled devices.

Software manufacturers are looking toward machine learning and AI to help propel advanced analytics to deliver more situational awareness and an increased ability to proactively assess threats. AI/machine learning make existing applications such as facial recognition more accurate and will increasingly be used to make sense of the large amounts of data generated by intelligent sensors and to analyze the growing amount of video.

Rise of connected devices.

IoT is continuously expanding to an increasing number of industries where sensors are integrated into a network. The collection and analysis of the data will give rise to applications such as intelligent management of facilities, an increased ability to detect anomalies, advanced asset performance management and ultimately perform predictive maintenance.

Increased focus on cybersecurity.

Cyber-attacks have become and will continue to be a major threat to businesses. All network connected devices are vulnerable, leading manufacturers to build additional cybersecurity into their products. Integrators and end users are starting to factor in cybersecurity as a major buying criteria for physical security hardware and software.

Increasing use of video in new markets and applications.

Video is the cornerstone of security, providing both real-time and forensic coverage of threats and incidents. In industries such as oil and gas, there is a trend toward extending video coverage to monitor operations in harsh and hazardous environments, so surveillance manufacturers should develop appropriately certified equipment to meet this demand. Manufacturing facilities such as food processing plants are also increasing their use of video for training and HSE compliance.
 
Video Central to Robust Protection in Hazardous Environments
 
The implementation of robust video surveillance, combining both exceptional video quality and protective enclosures, make the safekeeping of critical sites possible.  The strategic placement of panoramic surveillance cameras, now available with ATEX, IEC and IECEx certified enclosures for explosive locations, takes the surveillance of critical infrastructure to the next level.
When exploring options around video surveillance, the solution should be an open platform as it delivers the flexibility and scalability required to utilize existing systems and to implement new ones.
 
It also brings forth integrations between disparate systems, incorporating video data capture, and the ability to collect information from third-party systems, including access control, motion and leak detection sensors, thermography, and other analytics features.

Specialized 360-degree surveillance technology has emerged as a major element in a comprehensive security plan, providing full situational awareness through wide angle views of large open areas. 360 degrees coverage offers the ability to see an expansive area without blind spots, allowing operators to zoom into areas of interest while simultaneously recording video in real-time and playback. A single 360-degree camera can also replace several traditional cameras, resulting in a more expansive, cost-effective solution.
 
Whether it’s to defend against organized crime, provide evidence of incidents or be compliant with HSE requirements, panoramic surveillance delivers a robust, highly reliable monitoring and safety tool for hazardous environments.

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