From first dig to sandy riverbed to critical hydropower plant protection

Axis network cameras protect major Devoll Hydropower plant in Albania

“We liked the Axis IP cameras. You can see the difference from the other brands as soon as you unpack an Axis camera. In terms of reliability, they are incomparable. Our first IP camera was installed in 2014, and we’ve never had an issue with any camera. We’re glad that we went with a network camera solution. Just imagine installing analogue cameras on a complex of this size. Construction and maintenance costs would be astronomical compared to network cameras.” Mr. Oltion Elezi, ICT Manager in the Devoll Hydropower plant.

Mission

Devoll Hydropower Sh.A. (DHP) is an Albanian registered company, owned and operated by the Norwegian power company Statkraft AS. In line with a concession agreement signed and approved by the Albanian Parliament in 2009, Devoll Hydropower will develop, construct, and operate hydropower plants in cascade along the Devoll River in southeast Albania. Construction of the entire cascade should be completed in 2019. Resources are required to meet the growing demand of electricity consumption in Albania. Devoll Hydropower will increase electricity production in Albania by 17%, all of it through renewable and clean energy. There was a need for a CCTV system that would provide surveillance at four different locations, including two power plants. The primary focus was on quality.

Solution

The CCTV solution was based on Axis network cameras. A total of 62 Axis cameras protect an office building in Banja, an office building in Gramshi, the Banja hydropower plant, and the Moglice hydropower plant construction site. The cameras are used to ensure the physical security of the perimeter, protect assets, and monitor worker adherence to safety and operational regulations. At the Devoll hydropower plant, they cover all the main facilities: the power house, switch yard, intake, spillway, grunting gallery, and emergency outlet.

Result

The customer is very satisfied with the quality provided by Axis network cameras. They are reliable and their PoE (Power over Ethernet) makes them easier to install than old-school analogue systems. Moreover, the image quality is incomparably better than analogue CCTV, and the customer is already considering using analytics for network cameras to improve their functionality.

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