Round table contributions
There’s almost no such thing as a local business anymore. Even the smallest of entrepreneurs find they have immediate access to a global marketplace via the Internet, and larger companies continue to find new ways to maximise their successes throughout the world. We asked our panellists this week to comment on how they see globalisation impacting the physical security market. Their broad-ranging responses emphasis the opportunities and challenges of succeeding the global marketplace.
As we unpack our bags – literally and figuratively - from the recent ISC West in Las Vegas, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the busy show. Specifically, it’s a good time to consider how the exhibition could be improved to be more valuable for attendees and/or exhibitors. We asked our panellists for their opinions, and we’re also interested in any other post-show commentary – please share in the comments section.
The U.S. physical security market will be focused on Las Vegas this week and the big ISC West trade show for 2015. But what should attendees expect when they get to Sin City? We asked our panelists for their insights into what will be making “big news” at this year’s show. Fortunately, the suspense is almost over!
This week brought a big surprise to the security and video surveillance market; specifically, the announcement of Canon’s plans to acquire iconic IP camera manufacturer Axis. But surprises happen all the time, especially in a dynamic, technology-driven market like physical security. Those who have been involved in this market for many years have often been surprised, for better or worse, at the various twists and turns over time. It’s part of what keeps life interesting! This week, we give our panelists an opportunity to reflect on the most surprising development they have seen in the marketplace in the last 12 months.
Articles by Dave Tynan
Video surveillance technologies such as solar and wireless security which are cost-effective and sustainable have witnessed increased adoption. Innovative end-user focused security companies will flourish in the coming years as new market verticals are looking to address security issues. Evolution of surveillance Looking back over the past year, it is easy to see how the security industry has continued to realise substantial gains. Some of these gains have been financial, some have been brought on by consolidation, and others have been delivered through the promise of interoperability. Most importantly, we've also seen users benefitting from the growing adoption of emerging technologies across a wide variety of business sectors. The next evolution of the surveillance market is around the corner. The economy and economics demand that organisations use decision-making that focuses on two very well-known terms, return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO). Security and surveillance departments compete with other disciplines for a piece of an organisation’s budget and, therefore, have to focus on generating positive returns. Fortunately, surveillance investments are able to deliver a significant amount of value in helping protect people and infrastructure, and users have also found ways to enhance the value of these solutions for uses beyond the security sector. Security in education sector But there are vertical markets, such as education for example, that face a real-world need to protect from the threat of violence. Although security-based decisions in the education space are often driven by strong emotional response, budgets are still a significant factor. At MicroPower, we are committed to helping schools stay vigilant. In December, we will announce a school security grant programme, designed to help schools build a proactive perimeter security programme. This grant program is part of our effort to give back to the industry and help ensure K-12 schools can deploy the technologies necessary to protect against threats. MicroPower are committed to helping schools build a proactive perimeter security programme Physical security across markets 2015 has also been an interesting year for the critical infrastructure and logistics markets. These environments recognise a long-overdue need to address risks to the perimeter, and ingress and egress points. Surveillance technology not only helps secure these sites, it can be used to monitor traffic and operations, adding more value to the organisation. But whether these markets continue to be robust remains to be seen. The fluctuation in the price of oil changes the perspective, and we will be observing how these prices will affect the market in 2016. New security trends and technologies In the New Year, we can expect to see a number of building trends. The rise in the adoption of technologies that have been proven in other markets, such as solar and wireless, will continue. In the security sector, such advanced systems can help reduce costs dramatically. The continued commoditisation of video surveillance cameras will also continue to revolutionise the market over the next year. Companies that end up on top will do so by differentiating with meaningful benefits, and organisations that focus exclusively on price will prove to be unsuccessful. MicroPower Technologies was well received in the marketplace in 2015, and was fortunate to be honoured with multiple industry awards for innovations in video surveillance. Our organisation’s business results are now defined by multiples as opposed to the previous year, and we look forward to keeping up the momentum we gained in 2015. The security market is a sound and sustainable business for innovative companies that can effectively address the risks and issues facing end users. At year-end and looking ahead, there is much potential yet to be realised in use cases for surveillance technologies that leverage sustainable, cost-effective energy and communication solutions to drive new levels of security and efficiency for the end user. See the full coverage of 2015/2016 Review and Forecast articles here
Customers look to leverage video surveillance technologies to optimise and monitor operations within their business MicroPower 2014/2015 Review and Forecast: In 2015, we will continue to see customers look to leverage video surveillance technologies to optimise and monitor operations within their business. Solutions that enable organisations to shift from more situational awareness to situational assessment – for example, using images collected from the surveillance feed to determine whether a problem demands a maintenance crew or possibly first responders in an emergency. The idea of using surveillance investments for operational purposes helps move an incident from situational awareness to situational assessment. It also helps spread the cost of a video surveillance investment across multiple departments and drives value throughout a customer organisation. In 2014, MicroPower marked a successful year driven by new customers, as well as repeat customers, and welcome interest in our expanded technologies. This is buoyed by a renewed sales structure, new marketing initiatives, enhanced brand awareness and a strong focus on meeting our customer’s specific needs. Over the past year, we also spent a significant amount of time educating customers on the technologies that make up the core of our product offerings. Wireless transmission and solar power are proven in other markets but are fairly new to the security industry. For that reason, we have highlighted a discussion around the value of these technologies, why they are a strong option for mission-critical applications, such as security and operations monitoring, and how they have been used successfully in other markets for many years. 2015 will be a very exciting year for MicroPower. We are releasing a new version of our solar/wireless platform, which will include high-definition video surveillance, in mid-January. This solution will further drive our customers’ ability to gain more uses and value from their video investment. Our mission will not change: Our systems will continue to focus on allowing customers to gain surveillance coverage in areas that traditional technology systems cannot reach. At the same time, our surveillance platforms will continue to combines sustainable energy, secure and reliable wireless transmission capability, and power management to extend the use of surveillance monitoring to far-reaching outdoor and perimeter locations. See the full coverage of 2014/2015 Review and Forecast articles here
Micropower SOLVEIL HD solar-powered surveillance platform is expected to complete ONVIF requirements in Q4 2015 MicroPower Technologies Inc., an award-winning provider of surveillance solutions optimised for rapid, cost-effective deployment, recently announced that it has joined ONVIF, an open forum within the physical security industry that seeks to further the development and use of a global open standard for IP-based devices. Fulfilling ONVIF compliance Members of ONVIF help the organisation work toward a universal specification that will ensure that all network video devices are interoperable, regardless of the manufacturer. An open standard for IP security technologies stands to benefit end users, integrators and manufacturers alike, allowing them to choose best-in-class technology for each application. The SOLVEIL HD wireless, solar-powered surveillance platform from MicroPower is an integrated, reliable megapixel surveillance camera that delivers high-resolution video coverage in perimeter and outdoor areas for enhanced security and operations monitoring. Designed to easily integrate with existing surveillance deployments and today’s leading video management solutions, SOLVEIL is based on a wireless design to minimise deployment time and reduce installation complexity because there is no need for trenching. The SOLVEIL platform is expected to complete the ONVIF compliance requirements in Q4 2015. “The physical security industry stands to benefit greatly from a universal IP standard, especially as the adoption of networked solutions continues to accelerate,” said Dave Tynan, Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, MicroPower Technologies. “We are thrilled to be a part of ONVIF during this key time, and we look forward to contributing to the progress of improved interoperability throughout our industry.”
Online certification provides strategic insights, knowledge and practical skills to successfully deploy SOLVEIL HD surveillance solution MicroPower Technologies Inc., an award-winning provider of surveillance solutions optimised for rapid, cost-effective deployment, announced the introduction of the company’s online partner certification and training programme. The initiative is designed to drive reseller success by delivering the technical expertise and support that enables partners to successfully capitalise on the value of MicroPower solutions. Designed for flexibility to meet the needs of today’s dynamic IT and security integration partners, the online certification provides strategic insights, knowledge and practical skills to successfully deploy the SOLVEIL HD solar, wireless surveillance solution. The four-module programme outlines specific installation requirements, programming specifications, system administration, and service and support options. After completing the certification, MicroPower partners will gain access to a wide range of benefits including sales and technical resources, comprehensive marketing collateral, customer-facing presentations and preferred pricing structures. Strengthened commitment to partners across the globe “With the certification programme, MicroPower has strengthened our commitment to our partners across the globe,” said Dave Tynan, Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, MicroPower Technologies. “This effort will go a long way in ensuring a mutually beneficial relationship with our resellers, as well as extending the reach and success of the SOLVEIL solar, wireless surveillance solution for the many customers who require improved security and operations in perimeter and remote applications.” SOLVEIL is a highly reliable megapixel surveillance camera that delivers high-resolution video coverage in outdoor areas. Its unique wireless design minimises deployment time, reduces installation complexity, eliminates cabling and conduit, and limits business disruption because there is no need for trenching. SOLVEIL integrates with today’s leading video management solutions and also complies with global unlicensed open radio frequencies.
MicroPower has also announced availability of SOLVEIL surveillance camera for perimeter and outdoor applications in Australia MicroPower Technologies Inc., an award-winning provider of surveillance solutions optimised for rapid, cost-effective deployment, has announced the availability of the SOLVEIL surveillance solution in Australia. Technology and service provider Western Advance will align with MicroPower to address the growing need for perimeter and outdoor surveillance in security, business and operations environments. MicroPower has built a substantial business in North America and Europe, and looks to further expand its geographic reach in target markets through partnerships with leading technology providers. Western Advance is an Australian-owned engineering and integration services group covering the Asia-Pacific region that partners with manufacturers in the security, fire, radar, intercom and communications industries. It has the market expertise and connections in the oil and gas, transportation, law enforcement and utility markets to help drive sustained growth for both organisations. “We are always looking for innovative solutions that meet the needs of our clients and represent options for market growth. The MicroPower SOLVEIL solution clearly fits into this category,” said Simon Zola, Manager, Commercial Security, Western Advance. “There is substantial market opportunity for solar, wireless surveillance solutions within our target markets and we look forward to delivering this unique platform to our customer base.” “We constantly seek ways to increase our presence within high-growth markets and we see strong evidence of significant opportunity in Australia,” said Dave Tynan, Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, MicroPower Technologies. “Our relationship with Western Advance ensures we capitalise on customer demand for perimeter and remote site surveillance that is unencumbered by traditional boundaries.” At Australian Security Industry Association 2015 Security Conference and Exhibition at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, MicroPower showcased SOLVEIL, a feature-rich, highly reliable megapixel surveillance camera designed for perimeter and outdoor applications. The advanced wireless design minimises deployment time, reduces installation complexity, significantly reduces cabling and conduit, and limits business disruption because there is no need for trenching. SOLVEIL also complies with global unlicensed open radio frequencies.
The alliance expands geographic reach of MicroPower SOLVEIL solar, wireless surveillance platform into the European market MicroPower Technologies Inc., an award-winning provider of surveillance solutions optimised for rapid, cost-effective deployment, has embarked on a strategic alliance with TEW Plus, a U.K.-based telecommunications and security technology provider serving the transportation and commercial sectors. Expands geographic reach in the European market The relationship with TEW Plus expands the geographic reach of the MicroPower SOLVEIL integrated solar, wireless surveillance platform into the European market, specifically the United Kingdom. SOLVEIL is well positioned to extend surveillance protection to the transportation and critical infrastructure sectors, including rail and utility services that are often located in remote areas or challenging outdoor perimeter environments. SOLVEIL delivers cost-effective, quick installation for organisations focused on mitigating security threats across their entire infrastructure while also tapping into the benefits of video to optimise operations. “TEW Plus is excited about the opportunity to offer to our customer base a comprehensive security solution with SOLVEIL HD,” said Dave Farman, Director, TEW Plus. “MicroPower’s unique technology delivers significant benefits to our customers through its ease of installation, sustainable features and significant return-on-investment from cost savings on energy and installation.” For perimeter and outdoor environments The SOLVEIL surveillance platform is an integrated, highly reliable megapixel solution that delivers high-resolution video coverage in perimeter and outdoor environments. SOLVEIL offers 720p megapixel resolution for detailed image capture and has a configurable frame rate of up to 15 fps. Its wireless design minimises deployment time, reduces installation complexity and limits business disruption because there is no need for trenching. SOLVEIL also complies with global unlicensed open radio frequencies for reliable operation in a wide array of geographic areas. “TEW Plus demonstrates unique capabilities that make it a well-chosen collaborator for our global strategy,” said Dave Tynan, Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales. “The success of SOLVEIL depends not only on innovation and quality, but the expertise of our valued resellers. TEW Plus provides a high-level of technical expertise and support to its customers, it clearly understands the value wireless technology brings to its target markets, and is enthused to have the opportunity to bring SOLVEIL to its customer base.” Compatible with leading security management platforms SOLVEIL is sold as a bundled solution, easily integrates with existing surveillance infrastructure, and is compatible with today’s leading video and security management platforms. Its proprietary wireless protocol ensures secure data transmission is maintained in the event of network interruption.
IFSEC International will launch a brand new zone within the show - Innovation Arena 2015 has already seen major incidences that have tested the security industry across the globe and as threats continue to evolve IFSEC Internationalhas a crucial part to play in keeping the industry abreast of the latest technologies, developments and best practices. Taking place at ExCeL London IFSEC International 2015 will run from 16-18 June. IFSEC International has been at the heart of the security industry for over 40 years and this year it will continue to showcase the future of the industry alongside truly groundbreaking content. Core theme - innovation A core theme running across IFSEC International this year is innovation, having conducted a significant amount of research following the 2014 edition of the show, a key topic that both exhibitors and visitors kept coming back to was the opportunity to see genuine innovation across the show floor. With this in mind IFSEC International will launch a brand new zone within the show this June, the Innovation Arena in association with leading industry title, Benchmark Magazine. The new theatre will host a series of 10 minute pitches from the Benchmark Innovation Awards finalists. With nearly 40 different companies already confirmed to participate, covering site protection hardware and software, business intelligence, video surveillance hardware and software, video analytics, infrastructure along with access control hardware and software, the Innovation Arena will showcase back to back innovation from across the industry throughout the three days. Short presentation from well-known organisations Organisations such as Panasonic, Bosch Security, Vidicore, UTC Fire & Security and Secure Logiq, to name a few will give a short presentation about their shortlisted product and then open the floor to questions. This exciting new format provides visitors to IFSEC International a detailed look at those products that are delivering a real benefit to end users, integrators and installers. Running alongside the Innovation Arena is the IFSEC International Innovation Trail which will help visitors easily access the new technologies that have come to market that will be featured at the show this year. A core theme running across IFSEC International this year is innovation, a key topic that both exhibitors and visitors kept coming back NICE Suspect Search - video analytics tool Highlights of the IFSEC International Innovation Trail include the NICE Suspect Search, a patent-pending video analytics tool that quickly locates and retraces the movements of a suspect, lost child, or other person of interest within a video surveillance network. Video footage from different cameras and time frames can be reviewed in just minutes, as the system automatically filters out 95 percent of irrelevant images. GP Systems will introduce their new palm vein identification technology at IFSEC International, an accurate and secure technology that makes it a perfect fit for the banking industry. RISCO HandyApp - smartphone application Additional confirmed participants in the Innovation Trail includes the RISCO HandyApp, the first smartphone application dedicated to supporting the sales and installation activities of professional security installers. The app allows installers working with RISCO products to increase their efficiency and sales potential by providing access to everything they need for a smooth installation. Vorty will launch the new Vorty Net smartphone operated access control system, a Bluetooth proximity reader that allows or denies a selected smartphone access to unlock any door electric strike, electromagnetic lock, automated garage door, motorised gate or barrier. Sony PXW-FS7 4k XDCAM camera Also Sony Professional, who recently won the Technology Innovation of the Year at the Digital Studio 2015 Awards in Dubai, will be showcasing the PXW-FS7 4k XDCAM camera that features a Super35 CMOS sensor capable of shooting in 4K Quad Full HD (QFHD) and super slow-motion Full HD. Avertic Armour - chainsaw protective textile Finally, Engtex AB will showcase its highly advanced textile Avertic Armour, developed from the No. 1 chainsaw protective textile, Avertic Pro+. This warp-knitted textile uses the world´s strongest fibre designed to withstand break-in attempts when heavy duty tools are used. These new products, plus many, many more, will make up the IFSEC International Innovation Trail; ensuring visitors can easily find all the groundbreaking technology and new products at the show. Gerry Dunphy, Event Director- IFSEC International states: “This year we really wanted to put new products, the latest technology and most importantly innovation at the very core of IFSEC International, the introduction of the Innovation Arena and the expansion of the Innovation Trail really highlights this. We are really excited to be shining a light on all the great advances that are currently being made within this industry and look forward to celebrating and showcasing these in June.” IFSEC International Innovation Trail which will help visitors easily access the new technologies that have come to market High-level expertise delivered by leading experts Along with all the innovation at IFSEC International there will be plenty of high-level expertise delivered by leading experts within the security industry and beyond. For 2015 IFSEC International launches its Inspirational Speaker Series with three high-profile personalities covering the sports, business and extreme adventure worlds, each of the keynote speakers have reached the pinnacle of their careers and will share their expertise and unique experiences with the IFSEC audience. In its inaugural year the Inspirational Speaker Series will host leading businesswoman Baroness Karren Brady CBE, the world’s greatest explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE and international cycling superstar Sir Chris Hoy MBE across the three days. Another popular education platform that will return in 2015 is Safe Cities, a stream at IFSEC International which will focus on the protection of larger urban areas, critical national infrastructure and business continuity. Suited for senior and strategic personnel responsible for the protection of major assets within a city, Safe Cities will provide high level thought leadership sessions to provide more insight into this fast growing concept. Networked technologies and current trends all feature heavily in the Safe Cities Seminar Theatre, exclusively sponsored by Eaton. Keynote address on ‘Safe, Smart and Connected Cities’ A taste of what visitors can expect within Safe Cities this year includes a keynote address from the Futurologist Dr. Simon Moores on ‘Safe, Smart and Connected Cities’ where he will look at emerging trends and technologies, the impact of big data and the Internet of Things along with the challenges and opportunities. Paul Adams the Director of Strategic Marketing, EMEA at Alcatel Lucent will host a session on ‘Transforming Public Safety with Smart Technologies and Secure Infrastructure’. Finally, Brian Kilkelly, the CEO of World Cities Network will host a seminar with the title ‘Improving the Resilience of Cities – the Application of Technology’, he will explore the opportunities from the availability of data and ever cheaper computing power to anticipate problems and coordinate resources. Safe Cities visitors to IFSEC International can access the full Safe Cities seminar programme and take advantage of the networking opportunities adjacent VIP Lounge, sponsored by Siemens. 2 new partnerships into Safe Cities Safe Cities will provide high level thought leadership sessions to provide more insight into this fast growing concept This year IFSEC International will also incorporate two new partnerships into Safe Cities, the first is with HyperCat, a leading consortium of major technology developers who are driving the standards of interoperability and they will be discussing their HyperCatCity Initiative at Safe Cities. The second exclusive partnership for Safe Cities is with Euralarm, the association that represents the electronic fire and security industry, who will run their own dedicated half-day conference called Smart Cities: Digital Solutions to Keeping Citizens Safe and Secure. The education programme at IFSEC International also incorporates the Keynote and Convergence Theatre; here leading players from across the security industry will debate the latest issues in cyber security or access control along with case studies and panel discussions around the state of the nation. Trends & technologies for video surveillance Sessions within this theatre include Jim McHale, Managing Director, Owner and Founder of Memoori Business Intelligence Ltd who will present on the Internet of Things in Buildings (BIoT) and the part security will play in this. Additionally, Atul Rajput, Regional Director (Norther Europe) for Axis Communications will look at the game changing trends and technologies for video surveillance in 2015 and beyond. Another highlight in the theatre will be a cyber-security master class from David Emm from Kaspersky Lab UK, in this session he will review the threat landscape in 2015, assess the malware evolution and give predictions for the future. The third education theatre within IFSEC International is the Security Solutions Theatre that will run seminars led by Will Lloyd the product development manager at BRE Global, Jim Swift from BB7 and Dave Tynan the VP at MicroPower Technologies amongst others. New additions to Gadget Zone In 2015, IFSEC International will also introduce some great new additions to some old favourites; the Gadget Zone will join the Security & Fire Installer Live feature. Research highlighted that visitors want to get hands on with the products before they buy and this will provide the perfect opportunity to try out the biggest and latest range of products in one place. Along with the new Gadget Zone, Security & Fire Installer Live will also incorporate the Toolshed in partnership with Anglia Tools, the Fire & Security Jobs Bar, the NSI Expertise Hub and Engineers of Tomorrow, amongst other activities. Protection & Management Series The education programme at IFSEC International also incorporates the Keynote and Convergence Theatre IFSEC International will once again be presented as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection & Management Series. The Protection & Management Series encompasses five major shows in related marketplaces covering safety, service management, facilities, security and fire, the overall ethos of the series is about protecting and managing buildings and places of work, along with the people and information within those places of work. The Protection & Management Series encompasses IFSEC International, FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo, Service Management Expo as well as Facilities Show, in 2014 the combined events attracted more than 40, 000 attendees over three days to London’s ExCeL.
The award program recognises the best product innovations introduced over the past year MicroPower Technologies Inc., an award-winning provider of surveillance solutions optimised for rapid, cost-effective deployment, has been honoured with the Best Green/Sustainable Solutions Product award at the Security Industry Association’s New Product Showcase (NPS) during ISC West 2015. The award program recognises the best product innovations introduced over the past year. The SOLVEIL solution was assessed and selected as a winner by a panel of judges comprised of system integrators, end users, industry journalists, manufacturers and distributors with significant expertise in the security market. SOLVEIL is an integrated, feature-rich, highly reliable megapixel surveillance camera that delivers high-resolution video coverage in perimeter and outdoor areas for enhanced security and operations monitoring. SOLVEIL offers 720p megapixel resolution for detailed image capture and has a configurable frame rate of up to 15 fps. Its unique wireless design minimises deployment time, reduces installation complexity, significantly reduces cabling and conduit, and limits business disruption because there is no need for trenching. SOLVEIL also complies with global unlicensed open radio frequencies. SOLVEIL honoured by the Security Industry Association “Today’s most demanding applications require solutions that deliver a high level of situational awareness to enable quick response and more informed decision-making,” said Dave Tynan, Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, MicroPower Technologies. “SOLVEIL meets these requirements and extends the use of surveillance in non-traditional environments, such as remote sites, perimeter applications and operations monitoring. We are honoured by this recognition by the Security Industry Association. ” Available now, SOLVEIL is available as a bundled solution, easily integrates with existing surveillance infrastructure, and is compatible with today’s leading video and security management platforms. Its proprietary wireless protocol ensures secure data transmission is maintained in the event of network interruption.
MicroPower Technologies Inc., an award-winning provider of surveillance solutions optimised for rapid, cost-effective deployment, announced recently the release of its new SOLVEIL™ Surveillance System, a wireless, solar-powered solution that delivers high-resolution video to ensure increased security protection, rapid investigations and operations monitoring in outdoor environments. Part of MicroPower’s SOLVEIL portfolio includes SOLVEIL HD, a powerful and highly reliable megapixel camera that enables users to achieve high-resolution video coverage in perimeter and outdoor areas for enhanced security and operations monitoring. The camera delivers 720p megapixel resolution for detailed image capture and has configurable frame rate capability up to 15 fps. SOLVEIL’s integrated wireless and solar-power capabilities eliminate the need for power, network and transmission cabling, reducing upfront costs and installation complexity. Additionally, the system complies with global unlicensed open radio frequencies. Operating on a nominal 3/4 Watt, the SOLVEIL solution can capture and transmit live video up to a half-mile away and provide reliable performance for up to five days on a single charge of its integrated, long-life battery pack. Enhanced security and improved operations efficiency “As the demand for video surveillance continues to increase, users look for solutions that expand upon existing investments to deliver both enhanced security and improved operations efficiency,” said Dave Tynan, Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, MicroPower Technologies. “The growing value and use of video is the driving force behind the launch of the SOLVEIL surveillance system, which extends the benefits of high-resolution video to fit a variety of business and safety needs in outdoor environments.” SOLVEIL HD, which also is available with an energy-efficient infrared illuminator, delivers ease of installation because of its integrated design, which allows users to redeploy the solution quickly and easily. Its unique zero-cable design minimises deployment time, reduces installation complexity and limits business disruption because there is no need for trenching. SOLVEIL is available as a bundled solution and includes all the components necessary to quickly install and manage the system. It easily integrates with existing surveillance infrastructure, and is compatible with today’s leading video and security management platforms. SOLVEIL incorporates robust security features to ensure security and video data is protected. Its proprietary wireless protocol ensures data transmission is maintained in the event of network interruption.
Oil rig operators can observe critical tools while safeguarding employees, and can ensure safe and reliable system management The challenge Monitor equipment from the remote outer-edges of the offshore oil rig to increase safety, prevent incidents and ensure operational excellence across the site. The MicroPower solution 16 solar-powered, wireless cameras 4 MicroPower receiving hubs Benefits Quick installation to meet construction deadline and overcome physical challenges Monitor remote areas of rig without human risk Flexible to be easily redeployed Self-contained solar power source for easy installation and cost savings Effectively monitor equipment for operational excellence Create culture of safety to prevent injury and loss of life Success story Offshore oil rigs are massive floating structures that sit on top of undersea towers that descend as far as 4,000 feet, built to find and extract oil to support the world’s growing dependence on fossil fuel. Given the nature of their operation – to find and extract volatile materials under harsh conditions – oil rigs pose serious risk to employees, from accidents to potential terrorist threats. With safety a top priority, one leading integrated energy company has protected its temporary oil rig using the MicroPower surveillance system to monitor equipment from the very outer-edges of the structure to reduce human risk and ensure operational excellence across the site. “Engineers do not want to waste time or budget installing complicated hard-wired systems”, says Dave Tynan of MicroPower Technologies Build fast, explore more Consisting of more than 25 parts including drill lines, tanks, and pipes, the average offshore oil rig is extremely congested with virtually no open sight lines, making it difficult – and risky – to physically monitor equipment and activity across the platform. To capture a clear view of all tools without putting anyone at risk, oil rig operators rely on surveillance cameras to ensure optimal equipment performance and user safety. However, traditional systems can be costly and time-consuming to install, a major disadvantage in an industry where construction deadlines are tight and monitoring remote areas is difficult – not to mention dangerous. “During the exploratory phase, temporary oil rigs are built with one goal in mind: to look for oil and if found, quickly move on to the next site for further exploration,” explained Dave Tynan, Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, MicroPower Technologies. A permanent structure is built to replace the temporary rig if the location proves rewarding. “Time is of the essence during the construction of these exploratory rigs because operators want to get out and explore as many sites as possible, as quickly as possible,” he continued. “Engineers do not want to waste time or budget installing complicated hard-wired systems.” Targeted coverage To achieve the desired coverage of its offshore oil rig, the energy company installed 16 solar-powered, wireless MicroPower cameras on the extreme four corners of the structure for a more targeted view of hard-to-see equipment. To further prevent personal safety incidents, the company plans to install up to 16 more MicroPower cameras for even greater coverage of the entire facility. Four central receiving hubs were installed in the rig’s command centre for secure, live video streaming directly to an industry-standard video management software (VMS). Fast and cost-effective installation According to the oil company’s engineers, the fact that the MicroPower solution can be easily installed was a key deployment feature. As a solar-powered, wireless platform, the MicroPower cameras can be deployed in remote areas in a matter of hours because no wires or cabling are required, reducing installation times by up to 90 percent over traditional video systems and saving tens of thousands of dollars. “We were able to install the first eight cameras in just one day,” commented Lott. “Even with so many physical challenges and obstacles to overcome, such as confined spaces, large tools and complex structures, we were able to install the cameras quickly and effectively, saving valuable time and engineering resources, which could be redeployed to other critical tasks to help the company complete construction on time.” The fact that the MicroPower solution can be easily installed was a key deployment feature Flexibility for targeted coverage Not only can MicroPower cameras be easily installed in high-risk areas, the devices can also be relocated to new hot spots as they emerge for more targeted coverage. In fact, the oil rig has successfully readjusted several solar-powered, wireless cameras to achieve a better view of critical areas – a process that would have been time consuming and cumbersome with a traditional surveillance system. “Due to its flexibility, the MicroPower solution can be freely deployed where needed in a timely and cost-effective manner,” noted Lott. Self-contained power saves time and budget The fact that the MicroPower surveillance system includes a self-contained, solar power source was another notable benefit for the energy company. Requiring only a single 1.2 square-foot solar panel, each system uses 1/2 watt of power to capture and transmit live video up to a 1/2 mile away and operates for five days on a single battery charge for significant cost savings. Due to tight construction deadlines, the fact that the MicroPower systems are solar-powered, as well as wireless, made the solution very attractive to the company’s engineers. “With its own power source, each MicroPower system can be deployed anywhere on the rig without having to route cable, saving even more time and reducing the initial investment and installation costs,” said Lott. A culture of safety and excellence To eliminate potential hazards, prevent incidents, and maintain optimal performance of all equipment, the energy company has created a culture of safety that is at the heart of its commitment to operational excellence. “With the MicroPower surveillance system in place, oil rig operators can observe critical tools while safeguarding employees, and can ensure safe and reliable system management to improve efficiencies,” concluded Lott. “Most importantly, companies can achieve a strong safety performance and prevent injury or loss of life.”