Pipeline Security and Safety

Pipeline Security and Safety

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​OptaSense provides cost-effective, round-the-clock security leak detection and condition monitoring of assets such as pipelines and site perimeters using standard telecommunications fiber optic cable. Honeywell offers this solution in partnership with QinetiQ to help users detect, classify and locate threats before they come within damaging range.

​OptaSense offers a proven mechanism for detecting any activity in the vicinity of an asset over long distances. It converts existing fiber optic cables into an array of virtual microphones to provide an early warning to users about any threatening event with sufficient accuracy for corrective action to be taken. It requires no modifications to the fiber optic cable network or new infield equipment locations.

OptaSense can intelligently distinguish between real threats and false alarms and enables users to create custom alerts to suit their unique requirements. Typical applications include oil and gas fields, transport and telecom networks, borders and perimeters, and defense installations. 

​The OptaSense Interrogator Unit sends a conditioned pulse of light into the fiber to create virtual microphones. The acoustic data is received by its Processing Unit that monitors each microphone channel in real time for the presence of specific acoustic events and passes on the event data onto the User Interface (UI). The UI presents the real time event data to the user in an intuitive manner, highlighting classified alerts on a map with location coordinates.

OptaSense is built upon decades of military sonar processing expertise and can not only pick out the acoustic fingerprint of an event, but also monitor its activity over a short period of time to build up an exact picture of what it is to reduce nuisance alarms.

​OptaSense helps users address the technical, implementation and financial challenges associated with monitoring large linear assets. It provides early warning to help users avoid repair costs, loss of asset use during repair and in some industries, significant environmental clean-up costs and even, loss of life.

​Training, maintenance and support are critical aspects to consider when choosing a technology partner. Honeywell offers world-class training through our Automation College as well as comprehensive maintenance and support services designed to leverage your physical and intellectual assets and help you sustain and increase their value and performance over time.

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