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Germany: SPIE installs thermal cameras for early fire detection at three Bareg waste disposal plants

Published on 27 June 2022

Freiburg, 27 June 2022 – SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa, the German subsidiary of SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, has been commissioned by Bareg Recycling und Entsorgung GmbH & CO. KG to equip three of its waste disposal plants with thermal cameras. The cameras are designed to monitor the facilities over a wide area so that any unusual build-ups of heat that could potentially lead to fires among the mountains of waste can be detected early on.

Preventive fire protection under challenging conditions

Fire protection plays an especially important role in the waste disposal industry, where a classical fire alarm system can provide complete protection only with major constructional outlay. Therefore, the recycling company Bareg started to look for a fire protection monitoring system that was both flexible and highly efficient.

To fulfil these requirements, the team from the Information & Communication Services operational division of SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa presented a solution involving thermal cameras: “We put the technology through its paces first and quickly saw the significant added value it offered in terms of fire safety in our operational processes,” said Uwe Minder, Bareg’s head of IT. The system was then installed at three locations. “This system offers outstanding value for money and is highly flexible”, says Walter Müller, Security Technology team leader at the Information & Communication Services operational division. “The brain of this early fire detection and alarm system is in the camera. No server or video management software is required”, continues Müller. 

The extreme conditions under which thermal imaging cameras must operate with complete reliability are a major challenge. SPIE’s team tackled this problem by ensuring that the cameras were optimally positioned. The entire operational process is always data-protection-compliant since thermal images do not allow clear identification of individuals.

Automatic 24-hour remote monitoring

The usual processes of fermentation that occur in piles of waste as well as batteries and gas cylinders that are illegally dropped off, pose a potential fire hazard for waste disposal companies. Furthermore, the half-open buildings at the waste disposal plants are exposed to the weather and can develop large amounts of dust, making the monitoring conditions more challenging. Nevertheless, monitoring must take place continuously. In the system installed for Bareg, each camera reliably monitors the surface temperature over an area of more than 800 square metres around the clock. Bareg’s security team uses the camera images as a conventional video surveillance system with thermal images.

 In addition, the warning process can also be automated, allowing monitoring to be performed remotely. As soon as the defined temperature limit is exceeded, the system triggers a chain of defined processes to alert the security team. The emergency team can then switch to the system and monitor the situation via a live stream. “In waste disposal plants, fire poses a major hazard to people, buildings and material assets. This automated early fire detection concept from SPIE is extremely effective and meets all our standards,” says Uwe Minder. “We are delighted with this successful innovation and hope that our partnership with Bareg will continue to grow in the future,” says Jürgen Krause, head of the branch responsible at SPIE Information & Communication Services in Karlsruhe.