Power Grids

Switchgear camera systems for power grids.

Switchgear Camera Systems

Viewing Systems for Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS), Hybrid Switchgear, Generator Circuit Breaker (GCB) and Generator.

All Substations GIS Hybrid Switchgear GCB Generator

For all substations GIS, Hybrid Switchgear, GCB, Generator, network-dependent (digital) and network-independent (analog) solutions available

Safe solutions with specialized camera systems: Minimizing risk to human operators is key! Our clients need to install appropriate cameras, fitted with adapters and LEDs, at all viewports in order to fully visualize the isolation gap. In every case, the foundation of Kappa’s solutions is an extremely compact robust camera, in a housing developed especially for adaptation to viewports, with client-defined mechanical interfaces and extremely shock and EMC resistant design as well as high temperature resistance. 


Field-proven camera systems fit all substation viewports, on medium- and high-voltage, gas- and air-insulated switchgear, hybrid switchgear, GCB, and transformers. These state-of-the-art cameras are designed for network-dependent or network-independent solutions. All solutions are suited for greenfield projects, retrofits or upgrades to maximize safety.

Scalable for All Substations

Switchgear PVU and Switchgear Camera Analog (Video)

Switchgear PVU and Switchgear Camera Analog (Video)

Switchgear digital camera for power grids (SGC Digital)

Switchgear digital camera for power grids (SGC Digital)


VIDEO Network-independent: Cameras can be directly connected to a monitor without a network solution. We provide analog switchgear cameras (SGC-Analog) for fixed and mobile use. The fixed camera installations are available with either a Portable Video Unit (PVU) with built-in battery and monitor, or an installed monitor affixed to your equipment. The mobile version is a ‘plug and play‘, on-demand solution (e.g. for service technicians). 

PVU for SGC-Analog (Switchgear Camera Analog): Three cameras for three phases can be connected at the same time. The camera image can be chosen via a selection switch. The large, sharp monitor allows the flawless recognition of the switch position. Commercially available lithium-ion cells power the unit for a power-independent operation up to 5 hours and the built-in charger keeps additional cells ready for extended operating time. The unit can also be powered by a standard 110 V AC power outlet or a 12 V DC power outlet. The PVU is protected with IP 67 for indoor and outdoor use. 

Datasheet: Switchgear video camera analog (SGC analog)
Datasheet: Portable unit for analog cameras (PVU)
Flyer: Broshure Live Monitoring of Switches & Breakers


Digital System GIS CAM Fast Ethernet/PoE Network-Dependent:

Digital cameras can be networked to provide views from multiple switches or breakers in a substation so that an observer at a central location can select any view. Our digital cameras are available as an IP65 rated fixed installation, for indoor and outdoor use. Fixed camera installations of 2 to 400+ cameras are available in user-programmable configurations, from stand-alone to 24-port or 8-port switch applications.


Datasheet: Switchgear Camera Digital SGC-Digital
Flyer: Brochure Live-Monitoring of Switches & Breakers

One centralized system | Software adapted to client’s needs | Matching and pre-installation at factory

Our specialized rugged cameras for safe monitoring provide visual assurance of positions and thus contribute to minimizing risks to personnel. With the field-proven camera systems for all substation viewports, medium- and high-voltage, in gas- and air-insulated. Kappa is your most experienced partner.


Minimizing risk to human operators

Minimizing risk to human operators is key.

Switchgear Viewing Systems: Live monitoring of switch positions in substations

Camera fits into narrow spaces and obviates the need for personnel to access hard-to-reach spaces for a direct visual view.

Software for switchgear viewing systems (sample)

Software for switchgear viewing systems (edited)

Safe & Field-Proven

Rugged High-End


Cameras fit all viewports in gas- and air-insulated substations, for switches and breakers High quality standards Easy installation and operation: system configuration with preset cameras and installation plans
One for all client’s needs, for new substations and upgrading Proven in high voltage and medium-voltage use Optimally matched configuration on the basis of the individual substation´s specifications
Outstanding reliability Extremely resistant to shock and vibration  Software adapted to substation client´s needs
Precondition for insurance coverage in numerous countries CMOS sensor Labeled cameras matched with software mimic of the real system
Safety for the staff on site GigE Vision or Video Proven QA procedures, complete system set-up is thoroughly tested ex works
Verified live view with live image indicator Integrated high power white LEDs with low glare illuminate switches and breakers Easy operation, no room for user errors
Prevention of eye damage Reflection-free optic with variable field of view  
Accident prevention: no need for climbing on ladders  Indoor/outdoor, with waterproof protection up to IP 67/NEMA 6  
Safe installation, all is preset and matched Pluggable connector cable for very easy refit, no bending or twisting, minimum maintenance effort  
  Cable for long distance, single connector (PoE 300 ft or XLR 150 ft)  
  Compliant to IEEE Std C37.20.9-2019  

Your Expert

Maurice Knapp

Kappa - The Americas

Tel.: +1.626.256.4343


Service Power Grids:

Nicolas Pataki

Nicolas Pataki

Service | Kappa USA

Tel.: (267) 247-8641