CCTV upgrade for Llyn Brenig Adventure Centre
Llyn Brenig is a river regulating reservoir in the Dee catchment area, as well as a vital source of precious water for the households and businesses of northeast Wales.
Part of Welsh Water's portfolio, Llyn Brenig is one of four Visitors Centres that provide access to over 2500 acres of forest, moorland and lakes, attracting over 150,000 visitors a year.
Since 2013, Llyn Brenig has also been home to one of only five pairs of Ospreys in Wales.
Extremely rare, due to the Ospreys' historical decline and low breeding numbers, providing a secure environment for this spectacular fish-eating bird of prey is of paramount importance.
Due to the adverse effects of an electrical storm in 2021, the CCTV system malfunctioned and needed swift repair.
Welsh Water asked CDS Security Systems to take over the CCTV scheme, and make improvements, providing additional protection and contingency plans.
The project had several challenges, including the lake's remote location, the high level of cyber security required for a Welsh Water facility, and the usual difficulties associated with adopting an existing scheme.
Our first goal was to quickly understand the incumbent system, analyse it comprehensively, and make recommendations for additional facets to develop the scheme.
Due to the high levels of security associated with this site, this involved running through many firewalls. As an accredited Cyber Essentials Partner, we had our expert ‘boots on the ground’, to ensure the connectivity and integrity of the cameras feeding to the control room.
In terms of hardware, we also had to procure two new cameras and reconfigure them to the new system as the electrical storm had severely disrupted the functionality of their media converters.
Whilst the safety of the birds is vital, adding the Osprey Experience to the site is a real jewel in the attraction's crown. Capturing the birds on camera brings the public closer to these majestic creatures.
There are three cameras on the nest in total. One static 4k camera focuses on the entire nest and pole, with another fixed to the nest itself.
An additional PT camera is mounted on a lower level about fifteen metres away. One camera streams live images directly to Llyn Brenig's Youtube page, for fans to keep an eye on these majestic birds.
Finally, to ensure the security scheme remains fully operational in the event of a similar problem, we installed a redundancy system that reroutes power to a backup source.
To improve access to the camera view for the Site Manager and Security Team, we also installed a camera app on their phones so they can keep a close eye on their feathered celebrity couple.
CDS manage the full security scheme at the site, and continue to help the team at Llyn Brenig, ensuring that the reservoir will be a safe environment for the Ospreys to return to, year after year.
A momentous occasion happened on June 1st. The first chick emerged from the nest! The cameras caught the magical moment showing the birth of the next generation of these magnificent birds. Congratulations to both parents and Llyn Brenig.
Do check out the photos and live feed below!
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