Friday, March 29, 2013

Perimeter Fence Kangaroo Mum

Question: So what has perimeter security and, in particular, perimeter fencing got to do with kangaroos? 

Answer: Plenty!
What's more, many people will now readily make the connection thanks to a recent BBC TV programme called ' Kangaroo Dundee'. It tells the delightfully touching and at times entertaining story of how an Aussie called Broiga rescues injured baby joeys and nurses them back to health to be released back into their natural habitat in the Australian bush.

It had been Broiga's lifelong dream to do this work and as part of that he knew he would have to build a kangaroo sanctuary in which to house both the baby joeys as well as the kangaroos he'd rescued which were not capable of living in the bush. The key to a successful sanctuary, Broiga knew, would be having an effective perimeter to keep out the dingoes local to his area close to Alice Springs. Otherwise his beloved kangaroos were at daily risk of devastation.

It took Broiga two and a half years of hard work and dedication to build the sanctuary. He sunk no fewer than 450 fence posts by hand into the ground to form the perimeter and dug a two and a half mile trench to sink the 4,000 metres of mesh required. Incredibly hard work, particularly in the baking heat of the Australian sun but it was worth it. Although Broiga still patrols his perimeter fence to check for and chase off any lingering dingoes, so far it has provided complete security for his beloved kangaroos.

Click here to watch a delightful video clip of Broiga being chased by Roger the alpha male in his kangaroo sanctuary. If you didn't see the programme you MUST watch this!

For our part, we have yet to supply perimeter security for kangaroos but our systems are installed in wildlife parks and zoos to protect a variety of animals - from lions to parrots!

Read more from previous blog posts here: Wildlife Security  ~ Parrot Perimeter Security

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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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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Beer Connects To Security

One thing that we like to do in our perimeter security blog is to bring together unusual subjects that normally would not have a 'security' connection ... but then show that they do!

Beer - now there's a subject that you wouldn't think has any connection with perimeter security ..... but it does, at least in our eyes  :)

On a recent trip to the USA our Technical Director Andy Moon was offered a root beer by a client. Now root beer is a drink that has yet to establish popularity here in Scotland so Andy had never drunk one before. However, not wanting to disappoint the company at their kind gesture he drank it. The verdict? "What I'd call an acquired taste" said Andy with a wry smile.

In terms of alcoholic drinks, Scotland is best known of course for its world-beating whiskeys, especially the prized single malts. This is a photograph of our microwave detection system, protecting valuable Bowmore whiskey barrels in Scotland. Read the full story here  

NOTE: Amongst our security case studies is one which tells the story of how our perimeter security system solved the problems of lager producers Carlsberg-Tetley in the UK. Read it here

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