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Garrow Wessendorf June 3, 2021

Repurposing Existing Technologies Creates New Virtual Gate Guard Solution for Wellsites and Remote Locations

repurposing-existing-technologiesRepurposing existing technologies has long reaped benefits in many industries. Today, energy and other industries such as mining, ranching, construction, transmission stations, solar and wind farms—where it is critical to have a secure entrance that is monitored, but impractical to have a person on site 24/7—can reap the benefits of a new remote-monitoring and virtual gate guard solution.

Combining existing technologies including high-resolution cameras, broadband connectivity, thermal imaging, license plate capture/recognition and a solar power source allow real-time monitoring and surveillance of a remote site. This provides a method to track time of visitors into and out of the location, alert of unauthorized visitors to the site and provide a video log of personnel entering/exiting location.

High resolution camera: Remote surveillance cameras are commonly used for high security and high traffic areas as well as for crowd control. Now these same cameras can be used where there is little traffic but where it is critical to have a secure entrance that is monitored. Multiple cameras provide 360° coverage for complete entry or location surveillance. For further surveillance of a location, the zoom feature allows the camera to view objects or activity miles away. Camera operation is triggered by movement such as sensing vehicles as they approach the site.

Solar panels: Since the units are solar powered with cellular or satellite connectivity, they require no electricity, wires or internet making them perfect for remote and isolated locations. This also benefits a company’s Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG), the three factors in measuring the sustainability and social impact of an investment in a company or business.

Thermal imaging: Thermal imaging security cameras are triggered by movement which sense the vehicle and initiate the camera to capture the arrival process. A motion detector is the most common method of sensing and is like detectors in a home security system. However, in a remote area, an animal can trigger the motion detector creating a false signal. Thermal imaging security cameras offer a more robust solution. With this method, a custom digital parameter boundary box is created. When a vehicle enters the area, a signal alerts the system to start the video camera and capture the arrival process. This process can differentiate between a vehicle, an animal or a human.

Cellular connectivity: Today’s cellular range covers most of the country. Areas where there is weak signal can be enhanced by boosters and raising the antenna. In extreme isolated areas where there is no cellular coverage, satellite connectivity can be used to access the system although there will be latency issues with the communication.

License plate recognition: License plate recognition cameras capture the license number of a vehicle and send to the operator with a percent degree of clarity or certainness that the plate number is correct. Future units will include advanced LPR recognition software that will identify the license plate and alert the operator of a ‘marked’ or unauthorized visitor to the site.

24/7 real time monitoring: Real time monitoring is nothing new in the oil and gas industry. As early as the 1990s and 2000s service companies and operators used real time connectivity to monitor subsea operations with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), geosteering drill bits to pay zones tens of thousands of feet below the surface and 3D visualization of downhole formations to monitoring frac operations and reservoir performance.

Whether temporary or permanent, Panther Security’s monitoring solution is easily and quickly deployable to any location requiring entry monitoring and surveillance. Units can be trailer-mounted, making them easily deployed and easily removed or relocated, and provide a smaller footprint compared to more intrusive and permanent installation of traditional onsite guard facilities. Panther removes onsite guard shacks, portable toilets, water tanks, generators, sewer hookups, lighting and other structures from the location entry and takes finding qualified staffing and the related logistics concerns off the operator’s ‘to-do’ list.

Panther Security provides entrance security and surveillance for remote, isolated locations as just one part of a total security solution. Remote location monitoring, remote location entrance surveillance and secure, fully-controlled entry access are some of the benefits that Panther Security provides. The service employs a cellular security camera monitored remotely at a fully-staffed command center. Different packages and options are available to provide the right level of security for your remote location. The Panther solution provides:

  • Controlled entry access to your remote location
  • Tracking (in and out) of visitors, contractors and employee
  • Video and log of all personnel entering and leaving the location
  • Tracking of unauthorized visitors
  • 24/7 video monitoring
  • Full range of options and packages

To find out how our security solutions can help keep your remote location safe and secure, contact Panther Security today at 832-260-0082 or

Garrow Wessendorf

President and CEO