Keep Critical Infrastructure Safe

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Author: Toyah Hunting

Case Story

A solution for every industry

Different industries have different needs. The open architecture of Milestone products allows third-parties to create custom solutions and incorporate new technology into a complete surveillance and security solution. When it comes to critical infrastructure, XProtect® video surveillance software enables site operators to interactively monitor equipment, operations and processes.


Enhancing safety at hydro-electric dam sites in Japan 

Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (KEPCO) is a major electric company supplying electricity to more than 13 million customers over 28,000 square kilometers in Japan. 

KEPCO maintains dozens of hydro-electric dams across the Kansai region. Keeping the dams clear of people is a serious safety challenge for site operators, as there have been drowning incidents due to water discharges in the past. Erecting physical security systems at the dam sites is difficult as the sites are made up of water ways and heavy vegetation. KEPCO needed a trustworthy surveillance solution that did not require the presence of a person on-site. 


Building the solution: savVi

Distributor KT Workshop and systems integrator Meteorological Engineering Center (MEC) designed and installed surveillance systems at multiple dam sites across Kansai. It started with one to two cameras at a dozen of these medium-sized dam sites, enabled with savVi Real-Time Event Detection capabilities. A mix of thermal and standard cameras to ensure the highest coverage during day and night. savVi serves as an early warning system to alert the presence of people. It is fully integrated with Milestone XProtect® Professional Video Management System and can detect all instances of intrusion, prompting alerts that appear in Milestone’s Smart Client.

Agent Vi’s video analytics has enabled effective on-site surveillance, even in challenging environmental conditions. And savVi’s real-time detections provide an optimal way to safeguard the unmanned, remotely monitored dam sites, serving as an early warning system to alert to the presence of people near the dams. This is of utmost importance as water is released periodically to undertake maintenance work or due to weather changes.


No safety incidents since savVi installed

When savVi detects a person or vehicle in the dam area, a real-time alert is automatically generated. At smaller sites, savVi’s detection triggers a loudspeaker which warns intruders to leave. At larger sites, the detection triggers the loudspeaker warning and generates an alert that is sent to a control center. The operator views an image and a video clip showing the breach, and when required, takes further action to deal with the situation. There have been no safety incidents since savVi was installed at the sites.

“We are proud to enhance the life-saving safety efforts of a leading Japanese utility company, and look forward to rolling out savVi at dam sites across Kansai. This project shows how video analytics can be used for safety-oriented use-cases beyond traditional security applications,” says Ariel Frischoff, VP Sales EMEA & APAC, Agent Vi.

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