Enhance Refinery Production with Explosion Proof Video Surveillance systems
June 3, 2022
It is truly a colossal task when it comes to securing oil and gas facilities, large refineries, and fuel depot sites, which encompasses a huge geographical area and barrage of people and vehicles roaming all-round the year. And given the explosive nature of these products and the potential economic impact it makes if something goes haywire, shows the level of risk involved in securing such facilities.
To help the industries alleviate countless threats, safety management depends on advanced video surveillance solutions to offer real-time situational awareness. The robust safety monitoring solution not only helps the refinery in addressing various risks but also improves production, efficiency, and ensures compliance. While having onsite security guards and perimeter protection remain the trusted safety measures, video surveillance provides new levels of intelligence about impending threats. Let’s know the different practices the oil refineries should follow to improve their efficiency and production.
➢ Deploying High-Resolution Cameras at Entrance and Exit Points
There are many industries such as oil and gas, where there is high usage of analog technology. But these are old technologies as compared to modern solutions like high-definition IP-based cameras. While 1 or 2-megapixel cameras are common in such facilities, deploying high-resolution camera solutions at major entry and exit points lets the management keep a detailed eye on workers and vehicles going in and out of the premises.
The image quality of these high-resolution cameras can be further used to capture information such as license plates and combine them with AI recognition programs to identify whether the person or the vehicle has authorized access.
➢ Cashing On Explosion-Proof Cameras with Weather Resistant Covering
Volatile facilities such as refineries must accommodate explosion-proof camera systems in places with highly inflammable materials. While conventional outside coverings may be the right choice in most areas of oil or gas facilities, in places where there is explosive fuel or other combustible substances nearby, one should be extra cautious.
As the name suggests, explosion-proof does not mean that the camera can resist mighty blast but is capable of eliminating any sparks arising from inside that could trigger a fire or explosion. Besides, many of the standard explosion-proof camera products are offered with stainless steel housings. It creates a robust shield against extreme weather conditions and saltwater because most oil refineries are located along the coastline.
➢ Video Solutions That Easily Blends with System Processes
Many critical system processes such as oil flow through pipelines, distillation, reforming, machine temperature, posttreatment, etc. are monitored in oil refineries. And many organizations want to integrate all these processes with surveillance solutions to bolster-up efficiency and production. For instance, through various integrated systems in these facilities, a temperature warning can be linked with the video footage of the event. Whenever an alarm triggers, the cameras installed in that area automatically send video feeds to allow the safety team to swiftly determine whether the alarm warrants an additional investigation in the matter.
Given the massive areas of these facilities, taking advantage of video analytics could be icing on the cake. Suppose if an oil refinery facility has 100-200 cameras, the control room operators could face difficulty in effectively monitoring all the video feeds. If the video surveillance system is combined with the analytics, it can alert the control room or the command center staff of certain user-defined limitations, such as when a virtual line or sign is crossed. Another benefit of using analytics could be in determining if people are loitering in the restricted area or if a person decides to jump or cross a perimeter fence. All this can help the security staff deploy additional manpower and other critical resources to boost efficiency in the best manner possible.
➢ Installing Thermal Cameras for Covering Blind Spots
As against the common belief, thermal imaging cameras are not only good at detecting people and moving objects but also effective at detecting various events in broad daylight that might go unnoticed by imaging cameras. For example, thermal cameras can effectively monitor the premises of an estate or property because it is good at detecting moving object walking over an area without any reflective light. So, these kinds of camera solutions can aid safety management in reducing false encroachment alarms as they can check whether the perimeter was transgressed by a human or animal.
➢ Why choose SharpEagle for Advance Video Surveillance Solution?
SharpEagle sees itself as a solution provider, and our mission is to provide organizations with workable and pragmatic ways to solve their problems. Our Explosion proof video cameras are perfect for critical infrastructures such as refineries. By incorporating our products and implementing best practices, the stakeholders can enhance production, efficiency and mitigate various risks. So, in today’s high-risk working atmosphere, having a complete security plan that includes cutting-edge video monitoring tools can supplement the capabilities of the internal security teams. Let us hear your thoughts in the below comments.
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