Monday, January 20, 2014

The Nuclear Security Debate: A Perimeter View

In supplying perimeter security solutions for 30 years we have understandably gained an insight into many industries. Our security systems protect a vast number of sites with different facilities so we engage in dialogue that can be incredibly diverse.

Look at these 2 examples and you will see what we mean:
  • Ancient Pyramids Of Giza who perimeter is protected with our Flexiguard™ detection system 
  • Nuclear Reactor Sites (UK) where our Electro-Fence™ Flexitop security equipment protects no less than 7 British Nuclear Fuels Magnox reactor sites against intruders.
The word 'nuclear' can of course generate different reactions depending upon your point of view. Some people fear that nuclear energy is not safe whilst others such as the World Nuclear Association speak openly and plainly about the statistics which, when you read them, put things into a clearer, less fearful perspective. As they explain on this page, whilst there have been 3 major nuclear accidents in the civil nuclear power sector, it should be noted that there have been over 14,500 cumulative reactor-years of commercial nuclear power operation from the 33 countries that have so far engaged in this type of power generation. So statistically the risks are very low.

However, irrespective of which 'side of the fence' you stand on when it comes to nuclear plants, the fact remains that this type of power generation is well established and here to stay so, accepting that, we should turn the focus onto how secure we can make these establishments against everything from vandalism to theft to terrorism.  Our page about power plant security gives more detail about our involvement with this sector and we also touched on the subject in a previous blog post here.

Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant (image courtesy Wikipedia)

When it comes to nuclear and security, however, it's not just power plants that get into the news. In this recent article we came across there is the story of how 3 protestors breached the perimeter security of a nuclear weapons facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex in the United States and managed to reach the uranium storage area without detection. Thankfully, no real harm was done but it was clearly a 'wake-up call' for the plant's operations management team who, according to the report, have since conducted a security review and implemented a major upgrade. Good news for the residents of Oak Ridge Tennessee.

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