Cameras protect a solar power plant

Photon Energy sees instant results from using Axis thermal camera solution

“Originally, we thought about using microwave detectors; however, due to the potentially high number of false alarms, after a series of tests, we finally decided to select a more sophisticated solution based on thermal cameras. From this solution we expect complete reliability in the protection of our guarded perimeter day and night.” Michal Weltler, Project Manager, Photon Energy.


The customer requested the perimeter protection of its photovoltaic power plant based on thermal cameras. Per their insurance agreement, they need to have their facility secured either through a physically constantly present security guard service or electronically with a system connected to their central security desk. They tried several different solutions in the past, but were not satisfied with the number of false alarms generated, so they searched for a better alternative.


The perimeter is protected by 8 AXIS Q19 Series thermal cameras. They are mounted on special poles at various heights exactly as recommended by the Axis application to ensure optimal distance and angle for perimeter detection at a given location. AXIS Perimeter Defender, which runs directly inside the camera, is used for video analytics and intrusion detection. Four AXIS C3003-E Network Horn Speakers secure the audible warning. AXIS Camera Station on the AXIS S10 Series server is used as VMS software. However, the whole solution works autonomously and requires no server application installation.


The whole system is still in its test operation mode at customer’s photovoltaic power plant, but it is expected to be fully reliable to protect a guarded perimeter day and night and in any weather. Since the system meets its purpose for which it was designed, it does not have to be further expanded at its installation site. However, if it proves successful in the long term, it is likely to be deployed at other photovoltaic power plant operations.

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