State run Korea National Oil Corp (KNOC) is employing robots and sensor systems to protect its oil storage facility from intruders and fires.
The $6.53 million (11.37 million) project is intended to enhance the security of the 57,000m² Seosan facility located about 100km south of Seoul. The four-year-old terminal, which can hold up to 14.6 million barrels of crude oil, is the largest above land facility and can meet the countrys crude oil demand for 11 days.
The South Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy said that the two static and three mobile robots, in conjunction with 30 sensor arrays, can detect oil leaks or fires almost instantaneously, and will keep track of all human and automobile traffic entering the compound.
Samsung Techwin, a local manufacturer of defence-related products and semiconductor systems, will set up the comprehensive observation and guard system by February 2010 with operations to begin in July.
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