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Hanwha Techwin's Video Surveillance Cameras to Livestream Volcanic Eruptions in Iceland

August 30, 2021
  • Hanwha Techwin video surveillance cameras have been installed to monitor a volcano near the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik
  • The cameras feature solutions optimized for volcanic regions, including defog and stabilization functions
  • Volcanic activity is broadcast in real time through a local media outlet

A snapshot of a volcanic eruption near Reykjavik, as captured by one of Hanwha Techwin’s Wisenet cameras

Skyrocketing lava, billows of hot steam rising from the soil, and massive clouds of volcanic ash.
These sights at active volcanoes, which most people would only see in movies or documentaries, can now be viewed in real time with the help of Hanwha Techwin video surveillance cameras.

On July 27, Hanwha Techwin, a global security solutions provider, announced that it had recently installed Wisenet cameras to monitor volcanic activity in the Reykjavik region of Iceland. Located just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland straddles the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. This makes the country a volcanic hotspot—home to more than one hundred volcanoes.

Installing video surveillance cameras near a volcano is an extremely difficult task—the area adjacent to the volcano is very hot and the air is thick with smoke, ash and dust, which undermine video quality. With earthquakes and eruptions posing a constant threat, overcoming such harsh conditions requires the best technology in the industry.

The three Hanwha Techwin Wisenet cameras that were installed—the XNO-8082R, XNP-6120H and PNM-9030V—not only work well in temperatures that exceed 50 degrees Celsius, but also feature weatherproof housings that protect them from dust and ash to prevent malfunction.

Moreover, the cameras come with a defog feature that can fine-tune images covered by volcanic fog or smog, as well as a built-in gyroscope that compensates for shaking caused by wind or earthquakes, producing sharp and stable images.

Because this harsh environment is not suitable for installing separate power generation facilities, the Wisenet cameras are powered by solar panels and wind turbines.

Volcanic activity captured by the cameras is broadcast to global audiences live, 24/7 through a local media outlet. The streamed video not only offers the unique experience of observing volcanic activity in real time, but also serves as a valuable resource for geological research.

“It was very challenging to install a video solution near an active volcano, but it also gave us an opportunity to demonstrate our technological prowess,” said Hafliði Jónsson of Hafnes Ehf, Hanwha Techwin Europe’s authorized distributor in Iceland. “We will continue to solidify our position as a solution provider that meets the needs of our customers regardless of conditions.”

As a leader in the global video security industry, Hanwha Techwin leverages cutting-edge video technology and artificial intelligence to offer customized solutions in more than 60 markets around the world.

Hanwha Vision

Hanwha Vision (formerly Hanwha Techwin) has been leading the global video surveillance industry with world-class optical design, image processing and cybersecurity technologies for more than 30 years. As it broadens its business to become a global vision solution provider, Hanwha Vision will deliver more valuable and meaningful insights to customers by collecting key information and providing big data analytics utilizing AI and cloud technologies.

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