March 18, 2011
Israeli firm which
secured Japan nuclear plant says
workers there 'putting their
lives on the line.'
Magna CEO says Japanese workers at nuclear plant
'projecting business as
usual' but says it is
'unclear if they are healthy
due to the high level of radiation at the reactor,
which is life-threatening.'
The CEO of the Israeli company that
installed the security system at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power
plant said Thursday that those workers who have elected to stay
behind are “putting their lives on the line” to save Japan.
Magna BSP set up the security
system about a year ago at the facility, which suffered extensive
damage after the recent earthquake and tsunami, with particular
concern over radiation leakage from the reactors at the site.
plant - AP - Mar. 15, 2011
The damaged No. 4
unit of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Japan,
on Tuesday March 15,
Photo by: AP
The system includes cameras and a
warning system, enabling the facility’s security staff to monitor
anyone attempting to trespass onto the site or damage the perimeter
The security system was designed to
guard the plant against any hostile elements seeking to seize
radioactive material to use in a terrorist attack.
Among the 50 Japanese workers who have remained at Fukushima amid
the unfolding crisis, in an effort to bring the facility under
control, are two individuals who were in Israel about three weeks
ago, where they underwent training to transfer the operation of the
security system to the Japanese themselves.
“We still haven’t been able to make
contact with them, either by phone or e-mail,” Magna CEO Haim
Siboni said yesterday.
“We know they’re alive, but it’s not
clear if they are healthy due to the high level of radiation at
the reactor, which is life-threatening.”
“The Japanese workers who have remained at the reactor are
really putting their lives on the line, with the knowledge that
they’re doing it to save all of Japan,” he added.
Although there is no access to the area,
Siboni said the cameras from his company’s security system -
which were installed high up - were probably not damaged and likely
captured the post-earthquake explosions at the site, as well as the
impact of the tsunami.
Magna BSP was established by Siboni
about 10 years ago and is owned by several partners.
Dimona, the firm employs 15
people, a number which Siboni expects to expand dramatically in
light of additional orders Magna has received from Japan and
interest shown by the operators of nuclear reactors in other
countries. Its operations in Japan are conducted through a Japanese
“We have an agreement in principle
with the Japanese that we will provide protection for all of the
country’s nuclear reactors,” Siboni said.
Magna had planned to send additional
security equipment to Japan next week.
The Japanese have not asked that the
shipment be halted, Siboni said, adding:
“They are projecting business as
And this from the
Israeli Firm’s Cameras Recording Japanese
by Yaakov Lappin
Security cameras installed by Israeli defense company at
Fukushima plant have ability to detect presence of radioactive
clouds in air.
As the world continues to gaze with concern at Japan’s Fukushima
nuclear power plant, hi-tech security cameras installed by an
Israeli defense firm are recording events at the troubled core
from an insider’s vantage point.
Magna BSP company, which
specializes in producing and installing stereoscopic sensory and
thermal imaging cameras, had been contracted to place cameras
around one of the plant’s six cores - the core that has been
experiencing explosions and overheating.
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post on Monday, Magna’s head, Haim
Siboni, said the thermal cameras also had the ability to
detect the presence of radioactive clouds in the air, but added
that Magna had not been able to gain access to the images
recorded by the cameras at this time.
“Because we are using these
special cameras, we can also identify radioactive clouds,
due to the spectrum that our cameras can sense,” Siboni
Although Magna is able to gain
remote access to its computer system, which receives the
cameras’ images, Siboni said his company had not yet been
authorized to do so.
“We have not been allowed to
take control remotely yet,” Siboni said.
Magna has been asked to secure a
second core at the Fukushima plant in the near future.