Energy & Utility Solutions
A tremendous responsibility
The Energy & Utility sector includes facilities for generating, transmitting, and distributing energy of all kinds. This can include facilities for ensuring the water supply and extracting, refining and transporting of petroleum/petroleum products and chemical plants, but also power plants.
All of these assets and systems have one thing in common: gaps in their security or safety can seriously threaten public health, the environment, the economy, or even national or global security. Consequent security, safety and communication challenges are:
- Preventing possible terrorist attacks and vandalism
- Dealing with fire and explosions in harsh environments
- Evacuating in a timely and efficient manner
- Detecting intrusion, sabotage and malicious attacks
- Managing a wide variety of different access authorizations
- Coping with different extreme environments and weather conditions
Bosch offers a wide range of products that includes special products such as explosion protected day/night cameras, infrared illuminators and long-distance cameras. With these products solutions from Bosch Security Systems help Energy & Utility facilities to manage these security, safety and communication challenges.
Rely on Highly Precise Security
Bosch offers a large portfolio of products that are consistently designed to deliver a high level of security under even the most challenging conditions. They are built to withstand and dependably operate in extreme temperatures, low-light and no-light environments, corrosive and volatile atmospheres, and areas where products could be physically attacked.
For peace of mind in connection with virtually any application, you can take advantage of everything from explosion-proofed cameras and loudspeakers across accurate license plate cameras to highly secure biometric readers.
Everything is from a single supplier and therefore harmonizes perfectly. You can assemble an ideally tailored solution to meet even your most exacting requirements.
The Video Management System from Bosch enables complete management and recording of all video surveillance components. High-resolution CCTV cameras that resist even the harshest conditions can continuously monitor people moving through and spending time in different areas. They can also capture persons approaching or attempting to climb over fences at any time of the day or night. Intelligence Video Analysis in the cameras delivers additional benefits. Thermal PTZ cameras detect motion in all weather conditions, thus also helping to protect critical infrastructure facilities. Quad Beam photoelectric detectors permit even faster, more reliable detection. They are equipped with an environmental discrimination circuit that ensures reliable operation despite dust, fog, rain, or snow, making them ideal for use under difficult conditions.
Additionally, Bosch Advanced Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) enables self-developed early detection of suspicious behavior and identification of crossing "virtual perimeter fences". Tracking cameras can help verify or disprove alarms, alerting the security operator as appropriate. A “forensic search” function permits fast retrieval of relevant video sequences.
An IP-based access control system from Bosch is ideal for preventing unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas such as security control rooms or laboratories. It supports a large range of readers as well as biometric solutions to meet strict security requirements. Together with video surveillance, this makes it possible to capture and record all access events. Violations automatically trigger an alarm so immediate action can be taken to deal with the situation.
Energy & Utility facilities face the risk of illegal entry into sensitive areas, stealing hazardous materials and performing dangerous actions such as sabotage, arson or assault.
Bosch can help to handle these risks as well. This is being done by intrusion systems that restrict access to critical areas, buildings and facilities. If a detector picks up a possible threat, a security operator is alerted that can use the Bosch Video Management System with high-resolution CCTV cameras and Intelligent Video Analysis to verify the alarm, activate an appropriate action plan, and support subsequent forensic searches.
High-quality public address and voice evacuation systems are essential for making announcements and dealing with security and safety challenges such as evacuating individual platforms or entire buildings. They also need to be integrated with existing safety and security systems.
Modular public address and emergency sound systems from Bosch are ideal for everything from routine to emergency announcements – always with maximum reliability and speech intelligibility. The Praesideo digital public address and emergency sound system from Bosch is suitable for even the largest Energy & Utility facility.
Fires (for instance as a result of an explosion) constitute major threats to potentially volatile facilities. To protect lives and property at critical infrastructure facilities, it is vital to quickly detect, locate, verify, and contain fire events. Many critical facilities pose special challenges, with their extreme, hazardous, and toxic environments.
Bosch fire panels and detectors are ideal for this and more. They apply multiple intelligent criteria to ensure early, reliable detection – with high immunity to false alarms – and fast responses. A large number of detectors can be connected and networked to cover multiple locations and structures.
The panels automatically notify on-site firefighters or the local fire department, in addition to interfacing with sprinkler, ventilation, and public address systems as well as the Building Integration System (BIS) from Bosch to coordinate the evacuation of people.
With all of the security, safety, communication and building automation systems that can be installed in an Energy & Utility facility, it is a challenge to efficiently manage and coordinate them all.
The Building Integration System (BIS) from Bosch provides a single Web-based cockpit for monitoring all security, safety and building management systems. This includes alarm management, fast alarm pinpointing via location maps, and follow-up procedures. It also seamless integrates fire and intrusion alarms, as well as evacuation, access control, CCTV, and building automation systems.
Use of the BIS lets a single operator monitor and control all security systems, in addition to enabling faster responses to emergencies and greater overall effectiveness.
Erie Water Works, USA
Erie Water Works supplies potable water directly to the City of Erie and its surrounding municipalities in Pennsylvania. The mission of Erie Water Works is to guarantee a continuous, reasonably priced supply of quality water to its customers, which assures public health while promoting future development. It installed an integrated security system to improve employee safety and reduce vandalism and theft.
Thermoelectric plant "Las Flores", Colombia
The thermoelectric plant “Las Flores”, in heart of the northern part of Barranquilla, provides basic support for the city’s new industrial developments and for improving the quality of life of its inhabitants. It generates 400 megawatts using the most modern combined-cycle technology, to guarantee an economic and continuous electricity supply from clean production processes that protect and respect the environment.
UGI Energy Services
UGI Energy Services is a subsidiary of UGI Corporation which distributes, stores, transports and markets energy products and related services. The company is a domestic and international retail distributor of propane and butane; a provider of natural gas and electric service through regulated local distribution utilities; a generator of electricity; a regional marketer of energy commodities; an owner and manager of midstream assets; and a regional provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and more.
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