The oil and gas industry is one of the most important industries in the world. Oil refineries, storage terminals and petrochemical plants exist as potential targets for terrorist attack or sabotage due to their social and economic importance. They are also capable of causing large-scale environmental disasters as a result of these threats, which could also lead to an interruption of supply and the associated economic losses.

The handling of hazardous materials, together with surveillance and protection against intrusion, are the main security objectives at such infrastructure installations.

It occasionally becomes necessary to relocate or move materials that are potentially hazardous to human integrity. Such action requires these materials to be handled remotely, using tools that offer precision, manoeuvrability over any terrain and strength. Surveillance of the perimeter and surrounding area is also a key factor in the protection of these facilities, with such activity needing to be carried out at night or in adverse weather conditions.

The aunav  family of robots comprises a range of robots that can be adapted to numerous operational requirements based on the needs of each client. The robots range from such medium-sized robots as the aunav.EOD and aunav.NEXT  to such large-sized robots as the aunav.MEGA  and interrogator arms as aunav.CID  aunav.CID and aunav.CIDLIGHT

Their great manoeuvrability over any terrain, their precision when handling hazardous materials, their traction capacity and strength make the robots in the aunav range the most suitable for carrying out all sorts of tasks that are potentially dangerous to humans.

Depending on the material in question, the robot’s arm can be fitted with an accessory for the aluminium gripper that has been specifically designed to handle barrels. This patented accessory enable perfect adaptation to the shape of a barrel and enable it to be handled and transported safely by remote control.

The early detection of a possible threat is necessary in this type of installation and it is essential to have tools capable of detecting people at distances of several kilometres. Perimeter surveillance is one of the features of the aunav.MEGA robot. Its speed and ability to adapt to the terrain enable it to perform perimeter patrolling tasks. Its thermal imaging camera located on the extendible arm, together with the infra-red cameras, can detect people at more than 2 kilometres from the perimeter. If necessary, its arm can be extended to over 18 metres, thus enabling access to elevated areas where hazardous artefacts may have been placed.

The robots are controlled remotely by means of a long-range digital communications system based on COFDM technology that enables efficient control even in environments saturated with radioelectric waves. Their array of cameras and sensors show the operation in real time and enable operations to take place at distances of between 700 and 3,000 metres - thus avoiding human presence in deactivation scenarios.

The large size of the perimeter to be protected requires a perimeter protection solution that is reliable in terms of both dissuading possible intruders and, in the event of intrusion, offering the certainty that restricted access is indeed being breached without generating false alarms caused by weather phenomena or activity by animal or plant life. This requires security fencing that offers a sturdiness guarantee against attack as well as an array of sensors that reliably and automatically provides information on intruder detection and on the current status of the perimeter.

The thewall perimeter protection solution consists of a sensorised security perimeter with breach detection capabilities (jump or cut) and sensors that are adapted and integrated into the fencing itself.

The way in which the sensors are integrated into the fence reduces their chance of detection by possible intruders, thus leading to a lower probability of avoiding or countering them and significantly reducing detection vulnerability.

The number of false alarms (NAR) from anti-jump and anti-cut sensors is zero thanks to the patented technology and design of the sensors. Both the anti-jump and anti-cut sensors are immune to the weather phenomena that can lead to false alarms. By avoiding the use of vibration and microwave sensors, no alarms are set of in these systems as a result of activity by animal or plant life.

thewall is extremely sturdy and durable because of its high-density electro-welded mesh that can withstand forces of over 3 tonnes of tension (certified). It is also treated during the manufacturing process with techniques that make it resistant to extreme environments such as saline mist (certified). Installation is quick and easy, and the system unequivocally detects when attempts are being made to breach the perimeter, thus providing reliability and security against external threats.

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