Secure controls, monitoring for water supplies

Providing secure controls and monitoring for U.S. water supplies and meeting federal Homeland Security and EPA directives are among the goals for Longwatch, a recently formed company, and its major product. Longwatch Surveillance System, with Video Control Center (VCC) software application, includes an alarm history display and an integrated industry standard database to maintain all alarms and...

By Staff January 1, 2006

Providing secure controls and monitoring for U.S. water supplies and meeting federal Homeland Security and EPA directives are among the goals for Longwatch, a recently formed company, and its major product.

Longwatch Surveillance System, with Video Control Center (VCC) software application, includes an alarm history display and an integrated industry standard database to maintain all alarms and video files, tools for overall system management, and a bridge that integrates alarm, configuration, and video capabilities with the SCADA system.

According to Longwatch, an average water supplier has an intricate array of pump stations, wells, tanks, and processing sites located miles apart from each other and those they serve. The unmanned remote locations communicate over existing, low-bandwidth monitoring and control networks to a centralized office. Intrusion detections systems at these sites typically indicate “when” an alarm was triggered but not “how.”

The company’s surveillance solution is capable of sending near-real-time, full-motion video using existing, low bandwidth connections. The video feed is also integrated within existing SCADA screens. One system can be used to monitor and control the performance and integrity of an entire water system. The video signal can also be pushed to a separate monitoring system, if desired.

www.longwatch.com

  • Alarm history display

  • Integrated database of alarms, video files

  • SCADA-coordinated alarm, configuration, video

  • Near-real-time full-motion video

  • Single system monitoring for entire water system