Utilization of SCADA networks for video surveillance

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This paper outlines a new technological development that allows the transmission of video images using low bandwidth networks for protection against sabotage and attack on our nation's critical water system infrastructure.

By Donald A. Simoneau, President & CEO, Longwatch


OUR NATION'S water supply distribution network comprises hundreds of thousands of miles of pipes, with a corresponding number of above-ground facilities. Since 9/11, various agencies and associations involved with these vital systems have recognized the need to provide a much higher level of protection against sabotage and attack.

Only a fraction of water supply facilities use security measures beyond locked doors and fencing. Operators of these vital systems have identified video surveillance as a key method for improving security and reducing vulnerability. Until now, adding video surveillance to remote facilities required a new, separate, and expensive communications network to incorporate available technology.