Axis cameras resolve surveillance and assist with health and safety management at Donarbon

Network cameras identify unsuitable refuse taken to Cambridgeshire waste management plant

“The Axis network cameras save us a great deal of money when it comes to insurance claims. We will have evidence of what has happened in the case of an incident and can prove liability.“ Huw Gaskill, MBT Manager, Donarbon.


At Cambridgeshire’s largest waste management park, Donarbon was keen to upgrade its existing surveillance system to help improve health and safety across the site. It also wanted to be able to record all vehicles entering and leaving the park and monitor deposits so that any persistent offenders dumping unsuitable refuse could be identified. At the heart of Cambridgeshire County Council’s waste PFI (Public Finance Initiative) contract with Donarbon is the Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) plant. A surveillance system to help the MBT control room view what’s happening on the plant was essential to assist with health and safety management and also to monitor waste arrivals for anything unusual.


Donarbon’s IT contractor, 3IT, recommended an IP-based surveillance solution from Axis Communications. A range of Axis network cameras were deployed throughout the site that deliver excellent image quality under all lighting conditions over the IP network. To view and record the footage taken from the cameras, 3IT advised Donarbon to use AXIS Camera Station, a software solution for simultaneous viewing and recording of high-quality, H.264, MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG video, with no recording limitations.


Donarbon now has an extremely effective surveillance solution which not only monitors vehicles entering and leaving the site, but also contributes significantly to health and safety improvements. An unexpected benefit the surveillance system delivers is helping the MBT plant’s engineers to remotely monitor the equipment and quickly identify any major faults. 3IT also set up the MBT technology providers in Austria with remote access to the surveillance system to assist the on-site technicians with fault diagnosis.

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