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Synectics Secures Surveillance Contract for Major USA Floating Platform in a Series of Offshore Wins

11 August 2017

Global surveillance business Synectics has secured contracts for a range of high profile offshore oil and gas projects, including a major USA deep-water floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico, three LNG Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRUs), and two Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs). 

The scope of works for the Gulf of Mexico development includes the provision of 37 Full HD Class 1, Division 1 COEX™ C3000 Camera Stations with integrated power base to monitor both hazardous and safe area zones. 

Synectics’ COEX Camera Stations are widely used by many of the world’s most challenging oil and gas, marine, and critical infrastructure environments to ensure continuous, reliable image capture in all lighting, weather, and operational conditions. 

Explosion proof and certified to international standards including CSAus, ATEX, and IECEx, the C3000 hazardous area camera stations deployed on the floating platform will utilize Synectics’ recently launched integrated power base technology

This technology is particularly suited to offshore and marine applications where cost-efficient, practical use of space is essential. The self-contained base can house fiber optics and provides integral power conversion, enabling camera-compatible mains connectivity and eliminating any need for a separate junction box. 

The FSRUs and VLCCs will also utilize a combination of COEX C2000 and C3000 Camera Stations – in each case as part of an end-to-end surveillance solution driven by Synectics’ command and control software, Synergy 3

In addition to delivering stand-alone camera control, video playback, and secure incident/evidence management, Synergy 3 enables fixed and floating vessels to integrate surveillance data with third-party systems – such as radar and AIS ‒ in order to improve situational awareness and threat detection. 

Synectics, which has over 30 years’ experience developing solutions for the oil, gas, and marine sector, will provide Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) for each project at Synectics' global operations center in the UK, with commissioning for the five vessels provided by the regional office in Singapore. 

Darren Alder, Synectics Divisional Director for Oil and Gas, said: “To say it has been a challenging few years for the oil and gas industry is an understatement, yet during this time we have continued to secure key contracts by offering tailored end-to-end solutions and specialist technology that meets precise needs.  

“The uniquely demanding requirements of offshore security and surveillance have always played to our strengths in this respect, a fact reflected by these recent contracts with industry-leading names. With factors including a decreasing deep-water cost curve and increased investment in LNG supply chain infrastructure now driving offshore market optimism, these latest awards demonstrate our ability to add value for our customers in terms of improved security, safety, and situational awareness.”

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