- Detect and deter intruders before they can enter restricted areas.
Protect Sites from Intrusions and Avoid Liability
Perimeter breaches at electrical utilities can have serious consequences, including service interruptions, equipment damage, copper theft, and intruder fatalities. Most fences can be bypassed in seconds. By the time intruders are detected by a facility’s security system or personnel, it is often too late. Camera surveillance systems can assist in early detection, buy only if they know where to look. Early 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 precision location capabilities of Senstar sensors like FlexZone and FiberPatrol enable the automated targeting of high-powered PTZ cameras, letting remote operators accurately assess potential threats over a wide area.
To reduce the vulnerability of electrical infrastructure, governments and regulatory organizations are instituting critical infrastructure protection (CIP) programs. While these programs vary region to region, their overall purpose with regards to physical security remains the same: protecting electrical facilities from physical attacks that could threaten the stability and operation of the electric grid distribution system. These programs require operators to implement physical security measures that collectively deter, detect, delay, assess, communicate, and respond to potential threats and vulnerabilities.
Senstar sensors and video management software can not only deter intruders but can improve situational awareness for remote monitoring personnel:
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 SCADA systems. For remote, unmanned sites with limited network connectivity (such as cellular or satellite-based communications), bandwidth requirements are minimized and local fallback options are available.
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 case of a communications failure, while the 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.
Senstar products are designed to work together to provide comprehensive, multi-layered protection. For example, Senstar 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 single software interface that improves respond times and reduces training requirements.
A well-lit site is standard security practice. But for electrical utility sites located adjacent to residential neighborhoods or protected wildlife, light pollution can be a major concern. Senstar offers several solutions, including intelligent lighting that offers dimmable, targeted illumination along the fence line as well as thermal camera support for use with outdoor people and vehicle tracking analytics.
Recognizing that different electrical utility 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.
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.
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