First Quantum Minerals, a British Columbia based mining and metals company, appointed C3 Shared Services, to design and install a tailor-made state-of-the-art intelligent security surveillance system to protect the highly sensitive areas at their Zambian copper mine.
The system was installed in the latter part of 2010 and comprised a solution incorporating CCD cameras, high-speed domes and DVTel’s ioimage intelligent video analytics to protect the perimeter and monitor all processes within the plant.
The intelligent video analytics are programmed to detect and alert the control room operators to any intrusions on the perimeter, while the high-speed domes allow for the finer details within the plant to be monitored. This particular surveillance system has a very high probability of detection with a very low false alarm rate. The solution offers FQML’s control room operators the ability not only to monitor all security sensitive areas from a single control room in real-time, but to be notified automatically in the event of a security breach.
C3 also provided surveillance at the external main gate and the plant gate. Security at these entrances is integrated with the advanced video management system situated in the control room. The control room, also designed by C3, is the heart of the security system. Operators in this control room have access to all the cameras on the perimeter as well as the internal cameras. The intelligent video analytics will automatically alert the operators as to the exact location of any attempted breaches or intrusions on perimeter. This automated intelligent ability prevents operators getting fatigued by having to watch numerous cameras as they can confidently rely on the analytics to monitor the perimeter effectively.
Three years later and the system is still very effective and going strong. Since the initial project in 2010, C3 has added further cameras combined with analytics to the three new falcon areas, the upgraded gold plant and the perimeter. C3 continues to provide on-going support and maintenance for the system.
Nick Grange, technical director of C3 says, “At the time of the installation DVTels’ ioimage was a market leader in intelligent video analytics and still today, with all the other emerging competitors on the market, DVTels’ ioimage continues to be a reliable and extremely effective video analytics brand. C3 has supported this brand for over seven years now and we continue to see extremely good results and happy clients.”
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