Thames Water manages more than 4,500 sites – the majority of them unmanned – that require security to protect the water supply for over 14 million people. The potential for theft, accidental pollution, the safety hazard of sewage and even mindless vandalism mean that site safety and security are paramount at all times.
Now, on-site emergency back-up generators at the UK’s largest water and waste company are being protected thanks to state-of-the-art remote monitoring kits. Thames Water asked CCTV and video analytics specialist EyeLynx to devise a temporary ‘light-touch’ remote monitoring solution to protect its ‘Always Ready Hubs’ in portable cabins at strategic sites.
Part of the Zaun perimeter protection group that has worked with Thames Water on its AMP6 framework for more than four years, EyeLynx has created a solution based on its SharpView video recording and management software. CCTV cameras are installed at a number of strategic locations across the Thames Water estate together with infrared sensors and audio alarms powered by solar batteries and networked with 4G connectivity.
This set-up renders the installation almost maintenance-free, with the beaming of HD video and other sensor data for live monitoring and recording on a remote footing.
SharpView systems can record and manage multi-megapixel and HD video evidence from an unlimited number of CCTV cameras. Alarms are recorded from other security devices, such as facial recognition, intruder and fire sensors.
Back in 2013, Thames Water selected Zaun as one of four appointed contractors on its framework agreement for the supply and installation of both security fencing and gates and also as one of three for ongoing maintenance.