• By the end of this year, Aqua America will use Situator to monitor 90 remote sites throughout Pennsylvania
IRVINE, CA, Sept. 21, 2009 -- Orsus®, the pioneer and innovator in the field of Situation Management, a comprehensive and unique approach that coordinates the interaction between people, alerting sources and responses, announced today that Aqua America, the largest US-based investor owned water company, has deployed Situator to integrate and manage multiple security systems and other devices at its water-related facilities across Pennsylvania.
The project involves using Situator to monitor and manage Aqua America's access control, video surveillance, fiber optic intrusion detection, and radar systems. Situator is currently used to integrate and manage data from these systems at Aqua America's pump stations, water treatment facilities, water storage tanks, and dams.
By the end of this year, Aqua America will add well stations, bringing the number of managed sites up to 90. Fire detection systems will be added beginning early next year, and Aqua America is considering adding SCADA systems at a later date.
"Many of our locations are remote and unmanned facilities, making system management and emergency response a top priority," said Terry Lyons, Safety and Security Manager for Bryn Mawr, Penn.-based Aqua America, which provides water to 3 million people. "Implementing Situator permits Aqua America to better utilize our existing security solutions, create actionable tasks in the event of an emergency and effectively manage situations."
One of the biggest challenges faced by any water company is ensuring its water supply is not compromised. A security breach would result in a 48 hour shutdown enforced by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and could cost $100,000 or more.
Aqua America used the expertise of systems integrator Unlimited Technology to deploy Situator. "This is a turnkey solution," said Ian Francisco, chief executive officer of Unlimited Technology in Chester Springs, Penn. "Situator from Orsus enables Aqua America's monitoring hubs to interact with one another and provide back-up for one another, which is a critical aspect of its security operations."
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"Aqua America demonstrates the high-level security functionality required by multi-site critical infrastructure facilities today," said Jacob Fox, president, Americas for Orsus. "Situator provides the solution needed in these complex environments. We are proud to add Aqua America to our growing list of satisfied customers coming from the critical infrastructure market."
Situator is available and fully supported in North America and around the world through a network of security and safety integrators. For more information, or to request a Situator demo, please visit www.orsus.com or contact Orsus at [email protected].
Orsus® is a pioneer and market leader in the field of Situation Management -- a comprehensive and unique approach that coordinates the interaction between people, technologies, and responses. SituatorTM solutions gather and correlate information from multiple and diverse systems across the enterprise and coordinate the response actions ensuring that everyone in the operational chain knows what is happening and what to do. With proven operational experience and customer satisfaction in a variety of industries worldwide, Orsus possesses the knowledge, experience, and determination to shape the future of Situation Management.
About Aqua America
Aqua America is a publicly traded water and wastewater utility holding company with operating subsidiaries serving approximately three million people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Indiana, Virginia, Maine, Missouri and South Carolina. Aqua America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WTR.
About Unlimited Technology
Unlimited Technology is a global provider of custom developed Security solutions. UTIGlobal utilizes cutting edge technologies and multiple subsystems operating under a single platform control. These systems are state of the art in the protection of Water, Critical Infrastructure, Nuclear, Chemical, Power Generation, and Homeland Security facilities. The company operates offices in Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, and an affiliate location in Doha, Quatar. UTIGlobal's proven track record of success on projects is unsurpassed both nationally and internationally. For more information, contact UTIGlobal at www.utiglobal.com