Water Utilities

Protect Infrastructure to Keep Water Clean and Safe

Having clean, safe water is critical to the health and well-being of the community. To maintain safety, treatment plants, pumping stations, storage tanks and reservoirs need to be secured and monitored for suspicious or unauthorized activity. Senstar, with its broad portfolio of perimeter intrusion detection sensors, video management software, access control and intelligent video analytics, offers innovative, flexible solutions to protect water utilities and improve resilience while meeting operational and regulatory requirements. 

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Secure

  • Detect and deter intruders before they can enter restricted areas.  

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Maintain

  • Ensure system confidence with field-proven equipment that is simple to operate and maintain. 

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Integrate

  • Streamline operations by integrating intrusion detection, video surveillance, and access control. 

Perimeter Protection

Perimeter breaches at water utilities can have serious consequences, including service interruptions and threats to public safety. Most fences can be bypassed in seconds. By the time intruders are detected by a facility’s security system or personnel, it is often too late. Camera surveillance systems can assist in early detection, but only if they know where to look. Early detection at the perimeter, be it from fence sensors or advanced outdoor video analytics, can provide the extra time required to engage deterrence devices or dispatch response forces. The precise location capabilities of Senstar fences sensors like FlexZone and FiberPatrol enable the automated targeting of high-powered PTZ cameras, letting remote operators accurately assess potential threats over a wide area.

Arial view of a water utility site showing perimeter fence

Equipment Monitoring

Senstar Symphony video management software supports the monitoring of third-party devices via TCP/IP or I/O connections, enabling maintenance staff to remotely assess and troubleshoot issues by using surveillance and thermal cameras to visually inspect equipment and site operations.

Equipment room of a water utility site

Senstar Solutions

Protecting Unmanned Sites

Senstar sensors and video management software can not only deter intruders but can improve situational awareness for remote monitoring personnel:

  • Automatically engage deterrence devices like security lights, intercoms, or sirens
  • Direct PTZ cameras to the intrusion location and auto-track intruders within restricted areas
  • Provide local security forces with still images or live video via email, SMS, or mobile apps
  • Avoid nuisance alarms by rejecting distributed events generated by environmental conditions
  • Avoid unnecessary maintenance visits with hardware redundancy and comprehensive remote management software

Security System Integration

Senstar sensors work with virtually all security systems. Software integrations are available for industry standard video and security management systems, while built-in I/O capabilities ensure that sensors can report zone, supervision, and equipment status events to on-site intrusion panels or alarm systems. Sophisticated aggregation capabilities enable sensor data to be linked and integrated with SCADA systems. For remote, unmanned sites with limited network connectivity (such as cellular or satellite-based communications), bandwidth requirements are minimized and local fallback options are available.

Scalable Video Management

Senstar Symphony video management software is ideal for organizations that manage camera deployments of all sizes, and those with geographically distributed or remote sites. Senstar Symphony supports edge-based video storage, ensuring critical video is not lost in case of a communications failure, while the Senstar Enterprise Manager remotely monitors the camera health and firmware upgrades. Senstar software is licensed per-camera, meaning you only pay for what you need and can easily expand in the future.

Multi-Layered Protection

Senstar products are designed to work together to provide comprehensive, multi-layered protection. For example, Senstar video analytics can identify authorized maintenance vehicles and temporarily mask gate alarms while outdoor analytics can direct PTZ cameras to record high-definition video of potential intruders before they trigger a fence sensor. In addition to new security capabilities, all events can be managed from single software interface that improves respond times and reduces training requirements.

Sites Adjacent Residential or Wildlife Areas

A well-lit site is standard security practice. But for water utility sites located adjacent to residential neighborhoods or protected wildlife, light pollution can be a major concern. Senstar offers several solutions, including intelligent lighting that offers dimmable, targeted illumination along the fence line as well as thermal camera support for use with outdoor people and vehicle tracking analytics.

A Broad Portfolio for Site-Specific Solutions

Recognizing that different water utility operators face different security requirements, Senstar offers a wide range of video management, perimeter intrusion detection, access control, and video analytic solutions. Individually, they provide best-in-class protection; used in combination, they form an integrated, multi-layered solution.

Rendering of perimeter intrusion detection and video management products protecting a water distribution site