Wednesday, March 20, 2013

On The Perimeter Of Diamonds


Perimeter security has many applications that span a diverse range of services and industries. This is one of the factors that makes it a challenging sector of industry - a challenge we relish!

One of the areas where effective perimeter security is of paramount importance is the airport industry. Airport perimeters can be at risk of attempted theft, vandalism and terrorism so they need protection of the highest kind. In the case of the Hyderabad Airport contract which we were awarded a few years ago, we provided a 2-fold system - an electric fence system combined with a monitoring system linked into the airport's LAN network. The notable part of the installation was the length of the airport's perimeter wall - some 17.4 kilometres.

One of the biggest international news stories of last month featured the breach of an airport perimeter - the 25 kilometre perimeter fence of Brussels airport. Dressed in police clothing and carrying machine guns, an armed gang had been waiting in black cars on a construction site outside the airport's perimeter fence. It was 8pm in the evening and darkness had fallen.

Then just as a USD $50 million consignment of diamonds was being loaded from a security truck onto a nearby plane, the gang burst through the perimeter fence with blue police lights flashing on their cars and held up the plane. Within a few minutes they had taken the diamonds and left as quickly as they had appeared, using the same breach point in the perimeter fence.

Photo: rough diamond courtesy of the Wikipedia diamonds page

We do not know how the airport perimeter fence was secured and monitored and experts will doubtless argue for some time to come (if not indefinitely!) as to whether what happened could have been averted. However, one thing that comes out of all of this is the clear need for all airports to seek and implement the most effective security solutions possible for perimeter protection including deterrents and detection systems.

Read more about how Advanced Perimeter Systems can help with airport perimeter protection.

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