keywords: Oil, petroleum, pipelines, protection, technology, vandalisation
This paper presents the design and construction of an electronic circuit that will protect petroleum-product carrying pipelines from being vandalized. It involves the mounting of vibration sensors on the pipelines carrying petroleum products, and transmitting the output of the sensors to a microcontroller based circuit. This circuit activates a GSM phone and sends a text message to the user or security personnel stating that the protected pipeline is being vandalized. The system also has a switch that triggers the phone to send an SMS to the user when the main electronic circuit itself is being vandalized. The system is therefore a proactive design which also has a two-way protection that enables both the pipelines and the protecting circuit to be protected.
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