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Hungarian energy company chooses Hanwha Vision to protect sites

Hanwha Vision camera at power plant in Hungary

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Hanwha Vision has revealed that it was chosen for its thermal cameras to protect 14 high-value photovoltaic power plants owned by MVM, an energy group that covers the total domestic energy system in Hungary, where it is the dominant electricity wholesale trader.

MVM also operates in Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Romania and other parts of Europe.

Protecting neighbouring residents

Hanwha Vision says that the power plants were based in high-residential areas, so the privacy of neighbouring residents had to be protected as well. Due to their locations, these sites were at high risk of vandalism, trespass and theft of equipment. Also due to the adjacent residential settings, traditional security technology such as fence detection and outdoor visual CCTV could not be used.

The MVM security team turned to Hanwha Vision for its thermal cameras as a way to protect its assets while adhering to GDPR and protecting personal privacy. According to the company, over 100 thermal cameras were installed along with PTZ cameras with a handover function. The thermal cameras included the TNO-4030T, TNO-4040T and TNO-4050T.

“Hanwha Vision has a very balanced product line with good features and reasonable pricing,” explained Tamás Tánczos, Security Engineering at MVM. “It was a natural choice when we realised that on these sites we couldn’t use fence protection, infrared or microwaves to detect intruders. With the thermal cameras, we could rest assured that no personal data would be gathered.”

Intelligent video analytics

Hanwha Vision says that the thermal cameras come equipped with motion detection, handover, tampering, loitering, directional detection and audio detection features built-in to boost operators’ situational awareness.

The TNO-4040T and TNO-4050T can additionally detect changes in temperature, such as a potential fire and shock detection, which could indicate displacement or hard blows to the device.

The company highlights that while the camera is constantly scanning for potential intrusion and motion detection, operators can continue to work on other activities with alerts issued for any events that need their response.

Additionally, because the cameras work through thermal imaging, they are not affected by low light levels or visibility, so inclement weather doesn’t impact their effectiveness. Operators consistently receive good images and resolutions no matter the environmental conditions.

Further expansion planned

Hanwha Vision reports that the project initially involved 14 sites but as the effectiveness and benefits of the Wisenet cameras has been proven, this is now expanding to other sites in MVM’s portfolio. The team is also considering adding thermal cameras with built-in AI due to launch soon.

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