Securing oil platforms with AppVision PSIM
AppVision PSIM was recently deployed at several oil platforms in Europe, Asia and Africa . The latest oil and gas drilling rig, is built in south Asia and will soon be towed to the African coast for operations.
The main concern for an oil platform is health and safety accompanied by the physical security of its crew. In this project AppVision is deployed to manage both by integrating key third party hardware and infrastructure that meets the bespoke functional specification given to us by the end client, for real-time process management and incident handling.
This project integrates 360 degree Radar, Automatic Identification System, Access control, RFID identification bracelets, CCTV cameras, DVR’s, Infra red cameras, Fire alarm and Public audio address.
Radar control room:
AppVision PSIM is integrated with the on board radar and AIS systems. This tracks objects 360 degrees around the platform as they approach and the AIS system is used to recognise the approaching ship by its onboard transponder. There are 3 very interesting custom features that were deployed –
1. Friend and foe identification and tagging system – the operator can tag the objects on the AppVision PSIM screen with configurable colour coding and label. This allows them to add additional information about the object, which is immediately entered into the AppVision PSIM database, for all relevant operators to see and monitor.
2. Virtual tripwire – using the radar input AppVision is configured to set a no sail zone or virtual boundary around the oil platform. When an object crosses the virtual tripwire an alarm incident is generated, which in turn starts the incident management & handling procedure as well as automatic triggers to audio alarms onboard.
3. The infrared cameras and standard cctv cameras are linked to the alarm incidents. As soon as an alarm is generated then the appropriate cameras are displayed instantly on the AppVision PSIM video wall or appropriate operator client station.
Crisis control room:
In this control room the focus is on managing security and life safety in the case of an incident. The incidents above are first handled in the radar control room until an incident becomes more serious, such as an approaching unidentified fast boat or an onboard fire. The crisis control room also acts as a safe zone, with blast proof doors behind which the crew can lock themselves in and summon help by radio. Door control is part of the AppVision PSIM management, with a panic button enabling the operator to lock down all the accesses and raise the security system to maximum level.
When an alarm event becomes an incident, it is handed over electronically to the crisis control room for management and handling. AppVision displays the incident management procedures and operational workflow to guide the operator though the processes as well as providing manual and automated tools to unify a response through the integrated electronic security systems.
This AppVision PSIM control room also manages the tracking of crew members on board using an access control system with RFID bracelets worn by the crew, so that AppVision can easily locate all the crew in real time whenever necessary. This system also doubles up with a people counting feature in AppVision PSIM as the RFID system constantly counts the crew members to ensure that none are missing, especially important for lifeboat allocation during an evacuation.
This is just one of hundreds of AppVision PSIM projects that our partners deploy each year in different vertical markets.