Talwandi Sabo Power Plant Limited is the first largest power generation facility in Punjab. It has a capacity of 1980 MW and powers over 20 lakh households. This is also a coal-fired thermal power production project with 3 units of 660 MW each. Set up by the Vedanta group, the plant is being projected as a major step towards making Punjab power surplus.
The CCTV surveillance system has been installed to ensure proper working of all the sub plants, to guard against existing security risks, and to monitor the operations.
A thermal power plant is a vast electricity generating setup which includes many diversified and integrated operations. The plant houses heavy machinery, which works continuously for a long durations. A small snug in any component may hamper electricity generation in a major way. Apart from routine maintenance schedules, it’s prudent to monitor the key parameters such as emissions- a regulatory issue and grave concern for environment, temperatures, discharge of waste, etc.
Besides this, protection of the perimeter of the plant against any illegal intrusion is the key to ensuring its safety. In environment critical installations as large as thermal plants, strict adherence to the process and regulations is a mandatory requirement to ensure smooth operations. So far, monitoring was carried out largely using physical and conventional security. This left the security framework vulnerable to manipulations and potential sabotages. A fool-proof security, independent of complete human intervention was required.
As India’s No.1 surveillance company, CP PLUS offers an extensive portfolio of products and solutions, thereby facilitating the Surveillance System Architect to devise a fool-proof security design/solution.
The team identified locations where installation of analog cameras can monitor not only emissions from chimneys, but also the DM water plant, perimeters and the EDP area. Since cameras were distanced out to cover the vast area, various parameters and factors were considered while laying the cables and selecting other peripherals to ensure optimum working of the system. The safety and longevity of cables was ensured by passing them through PVC conduits. This made the system maintenance free for a long time.
For improved protection from the harsh weather, high quality switches and RJ 45 connectors were used. All connections were properly sealed and secured to avoid dust and moisture seeping into the connections.
After analyzing the locations and system requirements, and subsequent discussions with power plant management, the team decided to deploy HD solutions. HD range of solutions is an ideal choice when HD video quality is required. Another major advantage of HD technology is loss free signal transmission over long distances (over 500 feet). The cables can carry audio and video signals on the same cable, thereby reducing infrastructure costs substantially. Operation and maintenance costs are also lesser with HD technology.
CP PLUS products used to secure the vast area included the CP PLUS 1Megapixel HQIS Pro, the CP PLUS HD DVR with H.264 dual-stream Video Compression, and CMS with KVMS software.
The DVR, which efficiently supports H.264, was combined with CP PLUS Centralized Management Software- KVMS to provide users the option of watching a recorded or live video via a PC or mobile device remotely.
The HD video surveillance solution delivered great results, meeting client expectations successfully. Cost-efficient operation and maintenance was a major plus. Active monitoring round-the-clock enhanced overall safety and operational efficiency, wherein any process violations were reported to the technical management team instantly. Also, the video quality was, by far, beyond expectation.
“The security system has certainly enhanced situational surveillance and has ensured process compliance. The system is nicely complementing physical security”, the project’s system integrator, Z plus Surveillance Security Pvt. Ltd.’s spokesperson stated.