Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Museum Security, Microwaves & Manufacturing

Today's post signifies the halfway mark in our A-Z of perimeter security as we look at the letter M.

This is quite an easy one to cover because there are many terms related to perimeter detection and electric security fencing that begin with 'M' - from products to types of site that need our perimeter security systems. 

Perimeter Security Products

As a manufacturer of our own systems we have always conducted our own branding. Names of the products we develop are usually borne out of a lengthy and involved Research and Development process. So no name is attributed lightly!

Microguard™

This is our microwave sensor detection system which works by generating a microwave beam to create a protection zone. If the receiver detects a difference within the zone, the system performs an instant analysis and will trigger an alarm if pre-set criteria are met. It is an ideal secondary line of defence behind an outer perimeter which is protected by an initial, separate system such as Electro-Fence™ or Flexiguard™.

Multisys™ and Multiview™ 

These two products are our modular PC based security system and our remote monitoring and control system.

Multisys™  can be configured to work with our Electro-Fence™ product (as it was for the Hyderabad Airport perimeter security installation) and also our  Flexiguard™ product.

With regard to Multiview™ we have a case study which explains how we came to develop the product.

Types Of Site

There is at least one notable 'M' from within each of the 4 sectors of trade/industry for whom we provide perimeter security solutions.

Industrial - Manufacturing

Our security systems have been installed to protect manufacturing sites as diverse as soft drinks manufacturers to Toyota.

Commercial - Mobile phone masts

To protect against copper cable theft and vandalism

Public Sector - Military bases

Our Electro-Fence™ technology which carries British Government approvals currently protects many military bases in the UK and overseas.


Civil and Tourism - Museums

At the opposite end of the scale to military security, our systems can even protect valuable works of art. This is where Flexiguard™ comes into its own as it can easily and discreetly installed inside buildings. This report about the increase in museums thefts and how international expert Ton Cremers believes too little is being spent by museums on their security.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Let There Be LAN - Perimeter Security A-Z

It's been a while since we delved into the A-Z of perimeter security so today we thought we would cover the next letter: L. We have covered an amazing variety of topics to date (A-K) so we weren't sure how the letter L would compare. Happily, it turns out that L is significant in the vocabulary of our perimeter security systems. Read on and you will see why :)

LAN

A local area network (LAN) is used by many sectors of society and business, from residential complexes to universities, schools and laboratories.

Here at Advanced Perimeter Systems we have a Research and Development programme and some years ago one of our security clients asked if we could come up with an answer to a remote monitoring problem they had. So was born Multiview™ which is a virtual network computer system (LAN or indeed WAN for a wider area network). The technology allows data to be encrypted, offers a secure logon and enables a client to monitor an outdoor site remotely from a single location. Using the Internet it can even control multiple, remote sites worldwide.


Listen In - Perimeter Intrusion Detection

With a powerful perimeter intrusion detection product such as our Flexiguard™ cable system you might wonder where the relevancy of listening comes in. The truth is the system doesn't require this to work but we designed it to have an Audio Listen-In capacity so that if an alarm is generated, it can be verified by a human using the 'listen-in' option. They can literally listen to the fence, hear what is happning and clearly determine the type of alarm/intrusion.

Location - The Flexiguard™ System

When an outdoor perimeter is protected, detection capability in itself is not enough. Being able to identify the location of where an intrusion has been attempted is vital. A site operator needs to be able to respond quickly to a perimeter intrusion alarm; if they can readily understand where the intruder is, then the greater the chance of catching/stopping them. 

With our Flexiguard™ System, the perimeter can actually be divided into zones and an intruder's location readily identified. Zones can be from 10 metres to 200 metres in length but the optimum size for an any site will depend upon whether a CCTV system is in use to survey the perimeter. If so, the zones can be designed to correspond with the field of view of the camera(s).

Flexiguard™ on perimeter of 13.2 km

The Flexiguard™ System has proven itself time and again all over the world. It has been the system of choice for many high profile sites including historical sites and ancient monuments. A great example of this is the Great Pyramids Of Giza (perimeter of 13.2 kilometres divided into 60 monitoring zones). Read more on our Pyramids security case study.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Thought For Christmas: The Wood Wide Web

It's the time of year when many people think about the forthcoming Christmas and holiday season and one of the things that will feature in many houses over the coming weeks is a tree - a Christmas tree.

The tradition of Christmas trees goes back a long time. It's thought that the forerunner to the modern Christmas tree dates back to the 15th century.

Decorating the tree is also something of a tradition. In the 17th century people used apples and nuts for decoration and then in the 18th century people started to use candles for the effect of illumination.

Since the advent of electricity, of course, that has changed to a more practical and safe option of using electric lights.

The dark evenings over the Christmas period (especially up here in Scotland!) can be literally and figuratively brightened up by a colourful, Christmas tree when its lights are switched on.


Here in Stirling, we have cold winters, often with snow around Christmas and all the staff here love the tradition of Christmas trees. In fact, decorating our trees at home is a common topic of conversation during coffee breaks at this time of year! Whether to have a real or artificial tree, who prefers baubles to ribbons. Most of us love to add in something more familial like those lovely little things your children (or even you!) made at school. They may not have a 'designer' look but they will always make you smile :)

So we've established that electrical energy to power decorative lights is synonomous with Christmas trees but did you know that real trees actually generate their own form of electrical energy?

According to forester and author Peter Wohlleben, every species of tree is "genetically as far away from each other as you and a goldfish". As such each species has developed a way of communicating within it's 'tribe' by means of electrical signals which the trees' roots are able to generate. It's believed the type of information they can exchange in this way ranges from where to find nourishment in the soil to warnings of insect attacks.


Using electrical energy to warn of an attack - now there's a thought! Just as our Electro-Fence uses electricity to warn of a perimeter attack, it seems that nature, and in particular trees, got there first with the idea!

It's not just the trees that benefit from root-generated electrical signals; it appears that at the point where the web of roots cease, the information is carried forward and passed on by means of the surrounding fungal network. Scientists have now given a name to this complex network - The Wood Wide Web :)

If you love Christmas trees, take a look at some of the biggest ones in the world - here.

Enjoy a very Happy Christmas!