Israeli surveillance at Fukushima plant

As Japan prays for the success of the Fukushima 50, security cameras installed by the Israeli Magna BSP company are recording events from inside the nuclear plant.

As Japan prays for the success of the Fukushima 50, security cameras installed by the Israeli Magna BSP company are recording events from inside the nuclear plant.

Magna set up the security system about a year ago at the facility, which suffered extensive damage after the recent earthquake and tsunami.

The system includes cameras and a warning system that allows the plant’s security staff to monitor anyone attempting to trespass onto the site or damage the perimeter fence.

But Magna’s head, Haim Siboni, said the thermal cameras also have the ability to detect the presence of radioactive clouds in the air. “Using these special cameras, we can also identify radioactive clouds, due to the spectrum that our cameras can sense,” Magna CEO Haim Siboni told The Jerusalem Post.

Launched in 2001, Magna is based in the southern Israeli city of Dimona. The defense security company specializes in producing and installing stereoscopic sensory and thermal imaging cameras. Siboni said that his company’s cameras were probably not damaged in the quake and tsunami as they were placed high up.

Theoretically, Magna is able to gain remote access to the cameras at Fukushima. But because the Japanese government has not yet given them the right to do so, Magna has not yet seen the images being recorded there.

Two of the people working to save the Fukushima nuclear plant were at Magna headquarters in Israel about three weeks ago for training.

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