What is Telecommunications?
Telecommunications (telecom) is the field of engineering and technology that deals with the design, development, installation, operation, and maintenance of telecommunications networks and services.
Telecommunications networks are systems that consist of a large number of interconnected telecommunication devices which provide voice, data, or video communication services to users. The devices can be split into two main categories: transmission and switching. Transmission devices include antennas, cables, and satellite dishes, whereas switching devices comprise telephone exchanges, mobile phone networks, and computer networks.
The purpose of telecommunications is to provide a means for people or organizations to exchange information over a distance.
Protecting our telecom infrastructure is of vital importance to any economy. It is part of the communications sector that underpins all businesses, public safety organizations, and government operations. The communications sector is one of 16 critical infrastructure sectors defined by the US government. Incapacitation or destruction of our communication sector would affect national security, economic security, health, and safety.
Perimeter security protection of telecom infrastructure includes:
Detect unwanted activity and receive early warning of approaching people or vehicles to detect perimeter breaches with fence sensors, motion sensors, and video analytics.
Stop intruders by deterring them through the systematic deployment of fences, security lighting (both internal and along the perimeter), signage, two-way intercoms, and other security mechanisms.
Maintaining your entire communication perimeter fence is crucial for defending against intruders because you can slow down or even stop them from entering an area where they could cause damage, steal confidential information, or harm coworkers.
Responding to an intruder, assessing the situation, and interrupting or apprehending them if needed. Alert security personnel to inform law enforcement as quickly as possible.