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Remote monitoring

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An image collection server, intended to store images collected from video cameras used for remote monitoring of nuclear sites.

(Source: Dean Calma/IAEA)

A technique whereby safeguards data collected by unattended C/S, monitoring and measurement systems are transmitted off-site via communication networks (to IAEA Headquarters, a regional office or another IAEA location) for review and evaluation. The system's internal recording capability is used for backup purposes. Remote monitoring may provide better utilization of equipment, better planning of inspections and a reduction in the inspection effort needed to meet verification requirements. These systems transmit data ranging from equipment state of health data to verification data. The use of redundancy is particularly applicable for unattended C/S and monitoring devices. For data sent over unsecured transmission lines, authentication and encryption are required.