Monitoring critical infrastructure

Application Scenario 3

The Challenge

  • Short-term and long-term surveillance of production, extraction and processing systems
  • Monitoring and controlling the distant sensors and measurement points of supply lines
  • Transmission of data to stationary or mobile command centres or IT-systems
  • Communication and data exchange between human resources and commanders during critical missions and assignments

Scenario

A modern infrastructure has become a necessity in our society. We are dependent upon the supply of energy and water and that information technology and transport function reliably. There can be serious consequences if these systems fail on a large scale, even for a short time.

The Solution

Through the use of stationary, radio-based IP-networks, buildings (inside and outside), restricted areas and supply lines can all be monitored and secured over great distances. Especially in the event of an emergency, dedicated mobile ad hoc networks can be efficiently set up to ensure that rescue personnel and emergency services can work effectively together. A communication system for the exchange of data that is independent of any public network is the necessary prerequisite for this.

  • Securing the borders of operational areas with appropriate video surveillance, motion detectors, sound detectors, infrared cameras and night vision apparatus that is connected over a wireless IP network
  • Self-healing network structure
  • Self-sustaining and independent voice and data communication
  • Connection to distant locations via relay nodes and gateways
  • Inclusion of airborne platforms to enable widespread evaluation
  • Central configuration of all system components through one GUI
  • Inclusion of other technologies via ‚bridges‘
  • Provision of Internet access

Résumé

The breakdown of critical infrastructure causes hardly manageable chaos in the population. To prevent this, installations, networks and lines must be protected. Mobile ad hoc networks provide an IP-infrastructure within a very short time into which external organisations can be integrated to provide an active contribution to the re-establishment of security and supply.

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