Monday, October 22, 2018

Steel, Shipping, Schools, Scrap, Solar - A-Z Of Perimeter Security

Our series of posts on the A-Z of Perimeter Security continues today with the letter S. It is one of the most significant letters in our everyday vocabulary because so many words relevant to our industry begin with that letter.

If we look just at the types of site that are suited to electronic perimeter security protection, here are just a few examples all beginning with S:

Steel Plants

Global demand for crude steel is around 2 billion metric tonnes per year - a staggering figure! Steel plant security is therefore something that every major steel producer has to consider as a matter of priority. Our installer in India provided a perimeter security solution using our microwave detection system for a leading steel production plant in India. 

Shipping Terminals

Shipping terminals are amongst some of the biggest outdoor, commercial sites in the world. Because valuable cargo is often stored in between transit, these sites can have major security issues if they do not have adequate perimeter security. Click here to read about the installation of our electric security fencing for Associated British Ports (owner and operator of 21 ports in the UK) at one of their sites 75 acres in size. There were two distinct zones for protection and the security was configured using our standard Electro-Fence™ combined with our stand alone electric fence system.

Schools and Educational Facilities

Whether it is a small school or a large university campus, security is a priority for several reasons: a) for the protection of the individuals who attend; b) against theft of building contents; c) against vandalism. Therefore, the site must have adequate security on its perimeter including access points. Our Electro-Fence™ was installed on the perimeter of a school in the North of England for just this purpose.

Scrap Metal Yards

Metal theft is a global problem and scrap metal and salvage yards are some of the biggest targets for this kind of theft. Our electric security fence system was installed at a Scottish scrap metal company whose premises were under regular attack by thieves. One of the contributing factors was that the site was unmanned so when the electric fence installation was carried out, a GSM remote monitoring system was also included.

Solar Parks

Theft and vandalism threatens the performance of many solar parks. The growing, global need for alternative energy therefore means that these sites need tight security. Every solar park has a different layout, size and perimeter type. So the perimeter security system which provides the solution will vary from one site to the next. The options we can offer are electric security fencing, fence detection alarms and microwave detection sensors. Sometimes all three will be combined in a fully integrated security system. Read more about the importance of protecting the world's sources of power production on this power plant security article.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Security Guards Of The Animal Kingdom

Our perimeter security systems provide protection for a wide range of animals, from elephants to parrots. Here is Tara who is part of Project Elephant at Blackpool Zoo in England where our industrial grade electric fencing is a key feature of the perimeter security that protects the elephants' enclosure.
Other security features include wooden fencing, pits and large rocks. The measures adopted in this elephant security project are typical of what zoos now have to consider in order to protect their animals.

Animals Who Provide Perimeter Security

Whilst the idea of humans protecting animals would seem a natural thing to do, there are many animals who actually provide security for humans, and also for other animals.

We all know that dogs have been 'man's best friend' for thousands of years. They are capable of protecting a home, valuables, family members and are great at sounding the alarm when they sense danger. However, dogs are not alone in their capacity as security guards.

Donkeys On Security Duty

Faced with a fox, wolf or coyote a donkey will display a naturally instinctive and aggressive reaction and because of their size and potentially harmful kick, the canid will come off worst every time!

This makes donkeys ideal for protecting sheep against predators. Many farmers have 'guard donkeys' grazing alongside their flocks for this very reason.

Swan Patrol

Swans are instantly thought of as being birds of great beauty, and they are, but they can also be very aggressive. The combination of their strong defensive instinct, their size (a wingspan of around 2 metres) and their not insignificant weight makes them a formidable opponent in any situation.

Hence they make great 'patrol birds' for anyone who wants to deter intruders from their grounds. Swans are also very vocal and the loud noise they make when they become defensive is a great alarm system.

Dolphin Duty

The idea of having 'guard animals' underwater may sound fanciful but the natural intelligence of dolphins has allowed the U.S. Navy (via their Marine Mammal Program) to train them to protect ships and patrol harbours. Apparently the idea was instigated in the 1960s so it's not a new idea!

So it seems that there are some effective perimeter security systems in the world that don’t actually need electronic components!

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