Project Description

Agent Vi Enhances Safety at Hydro-Electric Dam Sites across Kansai, Japan

“We chose savVi as the product is easy to operate and Agent Vi’s technical support is much better than what’s offered by other analytics providers. savVi delivers a robust solution – we have a very low False Alarm Rate (FAR) even with the harsh vegetation surrounding the water channels at the expansive sites.”

President, KT Workshop


Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc (KEPCO) is one of the nine major electric companies in Japan, maintaining dozens of hydro-electric dams across Kansai. There have been various drowning incidents at the dam sites, resulting from water discharges, and hence, keeping the dams clear of people is a serious safety challenge for the site operators. Moreover, erecting physical security systems at the dam sites is difficult as the sites are made up of water ways and heavy vegetation.


One to two cameras were set up at a dozen medium-sized dam sites, and were enabled with savVi Real-Time Event Detection capabilities. The solution is based on a mix of thermal and standard cameras to ensure the highest coverage during day and night. Fully integrated with Milestone XProtect Professional Video Management System, savVi has been configured to detect all instances of intrusion and to prompt an alert which appears in Milestone’s Smart Client.


savVi’s real-time detections provide an optimal way to safeguard the unmanned, remotely monitored dam sites. savVi serves as an early warning system to alert to the presence of people in the vicinity of the dams. When savVi detects a person or vehicle in the dam area, a real-time alert is automatically generated, which is followed by a loudspeaker announcement which warns intruders to leave. There have been no safety incidents since savVi was installed at the sites.