St. Cloud augments water treatment plant safety and security with Axis network cameras
“Axis network cameras give us the clarity we need to remotely zoom in on a level sensor gauge to verify the status of a storage tank, confirm a valve position or confirm the operation of certain plant equipment – all without requiring additional staffing.“ Bud Peck, CAD/GIS analyst for the City of St. Cloud.
When the City of St. Cloud, Florida, embarked on construction of a new water treatment plant, the plans included an analog security system to fortify the facility against intruders and help the resource-strapped Environmental Services Department manage operations more efficiently. Consultants showed town officials how a network surveillance system could eliminate costly infrastructure required by the initial proposal and deliver a more robust and future-proof solution.
The engineers and integrators at SiteSecure, Inc. of Sanford, Florida, an Axis channel partner, recommended an array of high-resolution Axis fixed and pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) network cameras connected to a fiber optic ring network running along the facility’s perimeter. An intuitive Omnicast video management system from Genetec, an Axis Application Development Partner, would make it easy for water treatment staff to operate the surveillance system with minimal training.
St. Cloud deployed Axis network cameras at its new water treatment plant, area wastewater facility and water re-pump station. Officials have noted a vast improvement in image quality compared to existing analog cameras used elsewhere in town. Also, being network-based enables faster retrieval and forwarding of archived video to the police, insurance company or town administrators as needed. Because they are part of a sophisticated alarm system linked to access control and equipment sensors, the Axis cameras automatically respond to alarm triggers and notify plant personnel of certain events.