The nuclear power plant and waste repository are hazardous environments with gamma and neutron radiation being the main danger factors, particularly within the “in-containment” areas.
To successfully monitor the activities within these harsh environments is of key importance. Surveying and assessing the status and functionality of all key equipment is one important factor. The other is, of course, surveilling all personnel exposed to radioactivity during repair and maintenance work‚ both during outages and during production.
Radiation-tolerant Camera Systems
The RADCAM family of radiation-tolerant cameras is the proven standard in advanced audiovisual process monitoring within NPPs. With its patented neutron absorbing outer body, its high tolerance to gamma radiation and effective onboard cooling system, the RADCAM is designed to perform within the harshest of environments.
The RADCAM Epsilon and Omega are patented in 21 countries, and we continually develop new camera concepts to meet specific demands. One of these is the RADCAM Mobile, a moveable RADCAM camera with a radiation-tolerant cable reel that allows ad hoc placement within the facility where needed.
Video Management Software
The AVISS video management software is one example of our NPP-dedicated software solutions. It gives control-room operators the ability to monitor all relevant floors, areas and equipment in a user-friendly, secure and logical way. This constitutes an important safety factor at all nuclear power plants.
All AVISS installations are customized for each plant and the operators are presented with maps, drawings and views that immediately feel familiar and intuitive. Its object-oriented structure makes addressing predefined camera and equipment positions easy.
IVS Monitoring Systems
Our IVS monitoring system is an information handling system that collects camera, audio, temperature, radiation data, and other similar variables for transmission to the central NMS data collection hub. IVS handles both digital and analog signals and also works as a true hybrid system.
This flexibility makes it compatible with the full spectrum of ISEC’s video, audio and other measuring equipment, as well as most other manufacturers’ equipment within a plant or site.
Why Using Camera Monitoring?
Prevent Production Losses
Unplanned outages or emergency shutdowns, due to substandard or failing process monitoring, can mean huge daily revenue losses. Our NMS solutions contribute to preventing unnecessary production stops and possibly exceeding nuclear power plants’ production plans.
Assist ALARA Focus
With radiation being one of the main hazards in nuclear facilities, ALARA activities have increased in importance during the last decade. ISEC offers numerous solutions that assist in each plant’s ALARA activities.
Adhere to New Regulations
Stricter nuclear governance and new, harsher regulations are the result of IAEA and other governing bodies setting a goal to lower the risks and hazards within today’s nuclear processes. ISEC has in-house knowledge of these developments and offers solutions that meet these new regulations.
Adapt to Site Needs
In our 25 years of working closely with nuclear power plants, we have learned that all plants are unique. Each facility requires a unique and customer-adapted set of solutions that match each site’s needs in an ongoing way. Plants change and develop constantly, making flexibility and future-driven planning an important factor.
Predict Equipment Failure
One key issue in increasing production time is the ability to constantly monitor equipment status. With constant monitoring and evaluation of the data acquired, equipment failure can be predicted. This means improved and more secure planning for equipment replacements or repair.
Handle Plant “Big Data” Stream
Running an all-encompassing nuclear monitoring system means handling several, real-time data streams. This is nothing less than “big data” on a local scale. Our NMS system easily handles the information flow from a large number of cameras, fixed and mobile measuring devices and other equipment within a full NMS scenario.