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Suncor Energy

Securing refinery operations with access control and video

Suncor Energy is Canada’s leading integrated energy company and the fifth largest energy company in North America. The company’s long history began in 1917 when it was founded as Sun Company and began supplying lubricating oils, kerosene and spirits to war plants in the Montreal area.

Today, Suncor’s corporate headquarters are in Alberta and its operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. Suncor is also developing a growing renewable energy portfolio.

Suncor is a public company and has common shares (symbol: SU) listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges. Corporate revenues in 2012 totaled C$39 billion.


Customer Highlights - Challenges

  • Communications network for centrally monitoring >70 access keycard readers and >100 IP video security cameras; required high capacity and reliability plus low latency
  • Network needed in middle of metal storage tank farm creating a difficult environment for wireless communications
  • Single network to support both fixed nodes and mobile nodes in security officer vehicles enabling viewing live video feeds

Solution

  • Tropos mesh network delivers the high capacity and reliability as well as low latency needed for support of >100 video cameras
  • Single network integrates both fixed and mobile nodes
  • Ease in scaling network capacity and coverage area as desired
  • Centralized network visibility and control

Results

  • Tropos mesh network delivers the high capacity and reliability as well as low latency needed for support of >100 video cameras
  • Single reliable, high capacity network connects video feeds from ~110 IP video cameras to central location for monitoring and recording, increasing facility security and safety
  • Mobile security officer has access to live video feeds providing situational awareness as they respond to potential problems
  • ~75 keycard readers centrally monitored; provides site access control and alert of unauthorized entry or attempts

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