Communications Utilities

Protect Critical Communications Infrastructure

Highly visible, unmanned and deployed in large numbers over long distances, cellular tower sites are at considerable risk for attack, vandalism, and theft. Senstar, with its broad portfolio of video management software, perimeter intrusion detection sensors, access control software, and intelligent video analytics can offer a range of innovative, flexible security solutions to assist telecommunication providers in detecting, deterring, and responding to intrusions.

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  • Detect and deter intruders before they can gain access to equipment huts, cabling, or tower-mounted equipment.

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  • Ensure system confidence with field-proven equipment that is simple to operate and maintain.

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  • Streamline operations by integrating intrusion detection, video surveillance, and access control.

Site Perimeter

By itself, a site’s security fence is only a minor deterrent to would-be intruders. Fence sensors like FlexZoneFiberPatrol FP400, or the Senstar LM100 enhance its value by adding intrusion detection capabilities. Easily installed and highly cost-effective for cellular tower sites, the sensors detect attempts to cut, climb, or lift the fence fabric. Intrusion alarms can trigger on-site deterrence mechanisms like security lighting or PA speakers and immediately notify security monitoring services for remote assessment.

Perimeter fence around a cellular tower site

Telecommunications Hut Security

Protect the equipment inside the hut as well as exposed tower cabling by leveraging the site’s surveillance system to track the movement of people near and within the perimeter. Use face recognition video analytics to alarm on non-authorized personnel and link door and gate access control events to live video streams. Senstar video analytics are certified to work with cameras from all major manufacturers (including thermal, wide angle and fish-eyed), ensuring optimal coverage both day and night.

Close up of security cameras on cellular tower

Tower Security

Detect ladder usage or tower climbing with intrusion detection sensors like FlexZone, FiberPatrol FP400, or the Senstar LM100. Senstar sensors can filter out the low vibration frequencies generated by wind and notify security monitoring services of unusual tower activity. Intrusion alarms can trigger tower-mounted deterrence mechanisms like security lighting or PA speakers, letting intruders know they are detected and being tracked.

Cellular tower with Senstar LM100 intelligent lighting and intrusion detection system attached

Rooftop Security

Identify intruders accessing rooftop-installed cellular equipment using the building’s video surveillance system to track people entering restricted alarm zones. Link video analytic events with live video as well as access control door and latch events to quickly identify unauthorized access.

Cellular towers reaching into the sky

Equipment Monitoring

The Senstar Symphony video management software (VMS), supports the monitoring of third-party devices via TCP/IP or I/O connections, enabling maintenance staff to remotely assess and troubleshoot issues by using surveillance and thermal cameras to visually inspect batteries, generators, power amplifiers, and other on-site equipment.

Equipment room of a cellular tower site

Senstar Solutions

Protecting Unmanned Sites

Senstar sensors and video management software can not only help to deter intruders but can improve situational awareness for remote monitoring personnel:

  • Automatically engage deterrence devices like security lights, intercoms, or sirens
  • Direct PTZ cameras to the intrusion location and auto-track intruders
  • Provide local security forces with still images or live video via email, SMS, or mobile apps
  • Avoid nuisance alarms by rejecting distributed events generated by environmental conditions
  • Avoid unnecessary maintenance visits with hardware redundancy and comprehensive remote management software

Security System Integration

Senstar sensors work with virtually all security systems. Software integrations are available for industry standard video and security management systems, while built-in I/O capabilities ensure that sensors can report zone, supervision, and equipment status events to on-site intrusion panels or alarm systems. Sophisticated aggregation capabilities enable sensor data to be linked and integrated with other equipment monitoring solutions.

Scalable Video Management

The Senstar Symphony VMS is ideal for organizations that manage camera deployments of all sizes, and those with geographically distributed or remote sites. Senstar Symphony supports edge-based video storage, ensuring critical video is not lost in the case of a communications failure, while Senstar Enterprise Manager remotely monitors the camera health and firmware upgrades. Senstar software is licensed per-camera, meaning you only pay for what you need and can easily expand in the future.

Early Detection at the Perimeter

Intrusion detection at the perimeter, be it from fence sensors or advanced outdoor video analytics, can provide the extra time required to engage deterrence devices or dispatch response forces. The precise location capabilities of Senstar sensors enable the automated targeting of PTZ cameras, letting remote operators accurately assess potential threats as they move around.

Multi-Layered Protection

Senstar products are designed to work together to provide comprehensive, multi-layered protection. For example, Senstar intelligent video analytics can identify authorized maintenance vehicles and temporarily mask gate alarms while outdoor analytics can direct PTZ cameras to record high-definition video of potential intruders before they trigger a fence sensor. In addition to new security capabilities, all events can be managed from a single software interface that improves response times and reduces training requirements.

Sites Adjacent Residential or Wildlife Areas

A well-lit site is a standard security practice. But as cellular sites are often located within or near residential or other light-sensitive areas, light pollution can be a major concern. Senstar offers several solutions, including intelligent lighting that provides dimmable, targeted illumination along the fence line as well as thermal camera support when deploying outdoor people and vehicle tracking analytics.

A Broad Portfolio for Site-Specific Solutions

Recognizing that different telecommunications operators face different security requirements, Senstar offers a wide range of video management, perimeter intrusion detection, access control, and video analytic solutions. Individually, they provide best-in-class protection; used in combination, they form an integrated, multi-layered solution.

Render of perimeter intrusion detection and video management products protecting a cellular tower site

Experience Matters

Senstar’s extensive portfolio of solutions can be found protecting electrical utility sites of all sizes worldwide, providing effective, scalable, and sustainable solutions that meet budgetary and operational requirements.