Security Digest

Collaboration is key to implementing successful large perimeter security projects

February 20, 2018

FiberPatrol on fence

Senstar’s FiberPatrol fiber optic fence-mounted intrusion detection system was used to protect the perimeter of a major international oil and gas company’s headquarters campus.

As a manufacturer of perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS), Senstar works closely with integrators and installers to ensure the planning, bidding, installation and maintenance of its systems meet the highest standards. With so many layers to a large perimeter security project, having the right team in place can make all the difference in its success or failure. 

To secure the 40,000 ft (7.57 mi) perimeter of the corporate campus for a major international oil and gas company, with its three different types of fences and 40 gates, Senstar teamed up with integrator Kratos Public Safety and Security Solutions (PSS) and installer W-Industries. 

Click here to read about how great teamwork can produce results and solve a customer’s problem.  

Security Digest is dedicated to providing useful information about physical security. Written by Senstar’s industry experts, the posts will cover a range of subjects related to perimeter intrusion detection, video management and analytics, personal duress, and cyber security. Questions and/or comments? Email [email protected]. 


3 video analytics airports use to keep passengers safe 

February 13, 2018

Every day, airports need to keep millions of visitors from around the world safe. This infographic shows how 3 key video analytics help accomplish this daunting task. 

Check out all of Senstar’s video analytics options here.

 Security Digest is dedicated to providing useful information about physical security. Written by Senstar’s industry experts, the posts will cover a range of subjects related to perimeter intrusion detection, video management and analytics, personal duress, and cyber security. Questions and/or comments? Email [email protected]. 


Increasing camera density per server by using more efficient HD video analytics

By Parthipan Siva, PhD, Computer Vision Scientist
February 6, 2018

Video surveillance camera technology is consistently improving, with HD and 4K cameras being utilized around the world to ensure security teams have access to the clearest footage available. Recording high resolution video is desirable for richness of detail and accuracy but it comes with a high price in terms of system resource utilization. This trade-off is magnified when analytics are added to the mix.  

The higher the resolution, the more pixels you have in the frame, which triggers a corresponding increase in analytic computational overhead. This is the crux of the trade-off which limits traditional HD video analytic processing. A 720p frame has four times as many pixels as a 640×360 frame. A 1080p frame has nine times as many pixels as a 640×360 frame. 

What does this mean in real-world terms? Consider a server with enough CPU resources to run video analytics at 640×360 on 36 cameras. With the same server, if you were to run video analytics at 720p resolution, you can only run nine cameras. At 1080p you can only run four cameras. That means the higher the video resolution, the farther away you can see, but at a significant cost in terms of the number of cameras you can use per server. 

Senstar’s Adaptive Analytic Resolution technology lowers the required CPU resources by intelligently scaling the video frames as required to track near and far objects and people, thus increasing the number of video streams you can run on the same server while maintaining the same level of effectiveness. 

Click here to learn for additional information on how Senstar Adaptive Analytic Resolution technology not only makes high resolution video analytics possible but easy to implement.  

Security Digest is dedicated to providing useful information about physical security. Written by Senstar’s industry experts, the posts will cover a range of subjects related to perimeter intrusion detection, video management and analytics, personal duress, and cyber security. Questions and/or comments? Email [email protected].


Kingsland Data Center chooses Senstar Symphony™ to protect client data 

January 30, 2018

Built in 2015, the Kingsland Data Center is Singapore’s first multi-tier wholesale data center. 

With dozens of clients counting on Kingsland to protect their servers, networks and data, security at the facility is paramount.  

“From the outside of the fence, to touching the door of the data halls, you at least have to go through five levels of checks,” said Asher Ling, COO, Kingsland Data Center. “There is no way you can get around this facility without us knowing it.” 

With over 260 cameras monitoring the facility and its perimeter, and the need for those cameras and resulting video to be managed effectively, Kingsland required a video management system that allowed for control of the entire surveillance system from one central location, provided built-in video analytics, and had the flexibility and scalability to adapt to evolving requirements. 

Kingsland chose Senstar Symphony (formerly Aimetis Symphony) – the new benchmark for intelligent video management. Find out why by watching the video. 

Security Digest is dedicated to providing useful information about physical security. Written by Senstar’s industry experts, the posts will cover a range of subjects related to perimeter intrusion detection, video management and analytics, personal duress, and cyber security. Questions and/or comments? Email [email protected].


A comparison of lighting technologies used for perimeter security applications

By Todd Brisebois, Product Manager
January 23, 2018

Last week’s Security Digest explored the top four lighting factors – Color Rendering Index (CRI), lumens per Watt (lm/W), color temperature, and lamp life – that can affect the performance and efficiency of perimeter security systems. 

This week, the Security Digest compares four lighting technologies – Low Pressure Sodium (LPS), High Pressure Sodium (HPS), Metal Halide (MH) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) – to determine which has the best combination of these factors. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, but when it comes to perimeter security applications, there is one that shines brighter than the rest! 

The following table compares the technologies against the four top lighting factors (as well as three other factors that contribute to efficiency – full light spectrum, warm up/cool down time and price). Red indicates poor performance, yellow indicates average performance, and green indicates best performance. 

  LPS  HPS  MH  LED 
Color Rendering Index  0 20–60 60–90 70–95
Lumens/Watt  100–190 80–140 65–115 25–150
Color Temperature  1,800 2,100  3,000 – 20,000 Wide Spectrum
Lamp life (hours)  18,000 24,000 20,000 50,000–100,000
Full light spectrum   √√ √√ √√√
Warm up / Cool down (mins)  5–10 / 15 5–15 / 15 5–15 / 15 Instant
Price  $$$ $$ $$

 

As the table shows, LED-based lighting offers the best combination of factors for perimeter security applications. 

To further explore these technologies and their advantages and disadvantages click here. 

Security Digest is dedicated to providing useful information about physical security. Written by Senstar’s industry experts, the posts will cover a range of subjects related to perimeter intrusion detection, video management and analytics, personal duress, and cyber security. Questions and/or comments? Email [email protected].


Top 4 lighting factors that affect the performance and efficiency of perimeter security systems 

By Todd Brisebois, Product Manager
January 16, 2018

When it comes to choosing lighting for outdoor perimeter security applications, there are four key factors that can mean the difference

Color palette showing the effects of different CRI values

between identifying intruders and allowing them to get away scot-free: Colour Rendering Index (CRI), lumens per Watt (lm/W), color temperature, and lamp life. 

The right combination of these factors can improve performance and add efficiency to security systems. So, what exactly are each of these factors? 

  1. Color Rendering Index (CRI)
    A quantitative measure of the ability of a light source to reveal the colors of various objects faithfully in comparison with an ideal (incandescent lamp) or natural light source (the sun). In essence, it describes illuminating an object to where the human eye or a camera is able to perceive all of the colors that make up the object, including the various shades of each color. The CRI scale ranges from 0 to 100; the higher the CRI value, the wider the spectrum of colors being emitted.  
  2. Lumens per Watt (lm/W)
    The luminous efficiency of a lamp. The more efficiently a light can produce photons (light) from a given amount of electrical energy, the higher the resulting lumens per watt output. High lighting efficiency is important because it provides similar illumination using less power. From a perimeter security perspective, this means lower operational costs while maintaining a well lit perimeter to allow cameras to operate at optimal performance.
  3. Color Temperature
    The light appearance provided by a lamp. When a filament is heated to different temperatures, the type of light given off by different bulb is different. For example, soft white (emitted at lower temperatures) vs daylight (emitted at higher temperatures). For security applications, the closer to “Daylight” a light source is, the better since the captured image is more representative of its true colors.  
  4. Lamp Life
    How long a bulb lasts before needing replacement.  

To further explore these factors and how they can affect perimeter security, click here 

Check back next week for an article comparing the different lighting technologies to learn which technology – Low Pressure Sodium (LPS), High Pressure Sodium (HPS), Metal Halide (MH), or Light Emitting Diode (LED) – has the best combination of these factors for perimeter security applications. 

Security Digest is dedicated to providing useful information about physical security. Written by Senstar’s industry experts, the posts will cover a range of subjects related to perimeter intrusion detection, video management and analytics, personal duress, and cyber security. Questions and/or comments? Email [email protected].


Six steps to affordable perimeter protection and lighting

By Todd Brisebois, Product Manager
January 9, 2018

The Senstar LM100 is an affordable, easy-to-install system that enhances a security fence by turning it into a well-lit smart fence. A 2-in1 system, the Senstar LM100 detects, locates and illuminates any attempt to cut, climb or otherwise break through a fence.  

This article explains the 6 basic steps required to protect a site: 

Step 1: Collect basic site requirements 

The first step is to survey the site and answer some basic questions related the site and requirements of your site. A great way to do this is to use an Internet-based mapping tool like Google Earth. It’s free and enables you to accurately measure perimeter distances. 

Key information includes: 

Step 2: Identify security issues and risks 

Next, walk along your perimeter and identify potential security risks.  

Make sure that the fence is in good condition and free from any loose, cut, or unsecured fabric. Also, check for any loose signage or vegetation that may move during high-winds and trigger nuisance alarms. Finally, identify any outdoor equipment or cabling along the perimeter that may be susceptible to vandalism or tampering. 

Step 3: Determine your equipment requirements 

A Senstar LM100 system consists of the following equipment: 

Step 4: Install Senstar LM100 equipment 

Installation requires one person. Most perimeters can be done in a day.  

1. Install the Gateway on or near the fence.
    2. Install the Luminaire AP at the top of the fence near the Gateway.  z
    3. Attach the luminaires to the fence along the perimeter.
    4. Run 2-wire low-voltage cable along the fence to power each luminaire.  

Step 5: Configure and test for optimal performance 

To configure the system, simply attach a laptop computer to the Gateway with a standard USB cable and run the included software. You can: 

Step 6: Configure alarm outputs 

The Gateway’s built-in programmable I/O ports can be connected directly to the general-purpose inputs found on most alarm systems. The function of each I/O port is software‑configurable, including zone, supervision, tamper, and equipment issue alarms. 

For a more detailed PDF version of this information, including a sample site survey, click here. 

Security Digest is dedicated to providing useful information about physical security. Written by Senstar’s industry experts, the posts will cover a range of subjects related to perimeter intrusion detection, video management and analytics, personal duress, and cyber security. Questions and/or comments? Email [email protected].


Save money while improving security 

By Todd Brisebois, Product Manager
January 2, 2018

Is it possible to reduce both capital and operational costs while dramatically improving the security of a site? With the Senstar LM100 2-in-1 hybrid perimeter intrusion detection and intelligent lighting system, the answer is yes! Let’s compare the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the Senstar LM100 against other security lighting solutions. The results are clear: The Senstar LM100 pays for itself in savings after period of 2–4 years. 

What is the Senstar LM100? 

The world’s first 2-in-1 perimeter intrusion detection and intelligent lighting system, the Senstar LM100 combines two key security functions in one cutting-edge product. The Senstar LM100 is a powerful deterrent – detecting and illuminating potential intruders at the fence line while alerting the site’s security system. 

How does it save money? 

With its ultra-efficient LED technology, simple installation, and long lifespan, the Senstar LM100 provides a Return on Investment (ROI) far exceeding that of traditional perimeter security lighting. By virtually eliminating maintenance costs and drastically reducing electricity usage, the Senstar LM100 has the lowest TCO of any perimeter security lighting solution. 

The following graph compares the 6-year TCO of current perimeter security lighting technologies. These costs take into account the material, installation, operating, and maintenance costs over a 6-year period and are based on a 600 m (0.37 mi) fence perimeter. 

As the above graph shows, the Senstar LM100 has a payback period of 2–4 years (depending on technology being replaced), with a 6-year maintenance and operating cost of only $620. 

For an PDF version of this information, click here.

Security Digest is dedicated to providing useful information about physical security. Written by Senstar’s industry experts, the posts will cover a range of subjects related to perimeter intrusion detection, video management and analytics, personal duress, and cyber security. Questions and/or comments? Email [email protected].