Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Flying On The Perimeter Of Stirling

As our regular perimeter security blog readers all know, our Head Office is based in the historic Scottish city of Stirling. There are many things that attract visitors to Stirling all year round and when clients visit us for discussions and security system training, they usually ask to see some of the most notable sites. These include:

William Wallace connections - from the site of the Battle Of Stirling Bridge to the Wallace Monument whose floodlights are protected by our specialist detection equipment.

Click here to read about the time we took security clients to see the Wallace Monument (photo left) and the Wallace Broadsword.

Stirling Castle - one of Scotland's largest and most important castles.

In addition to the city's history, the local landscape holds an attraction for many visitors. The River Forth lends great character to the area with its many twists and turns as flows through the city.

The twists and turns of the Forth are shown in this video clip taken on a recent flight with our Technical Director Andy Moon at the flight controls as he flew over Stirling. The camera is facing south and the plane is moving from west to east. At around 1 minute 16 seconds into the clip our offices actually come into view!

The only things missing from the video are the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle - perhaps next time Andy flies over the city he can set the camera to point in the opposite direction!

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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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