Perimeter protection is a part of the security infrastructure which is rapidly changing and evolving. It has really come to the forefront of protection planning as the security climate changes globally. Terrorist attacks have shown just how vital perimeter security is in helping to contain a potential threat and stopping it from escalating into something a lot more serious.
Using the latest technology
Fence line monitoring systems have always been important and automated solutions have been a key ingredient for a long time now. Popular systems such as CCTV, virtual tripwires and alarm inputs, are now being joined by newer technologies such as laser-based detection systems (from companies such as GJD) which overcome some of the inherent problems with older infrared (IR) technologies.
Many perimeter systems are now also being IP enabled, whereby they are linking directly to other systems online. The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a big impact on these security systems, answering the demands of operators that different elements of an organisation’s systems can work directly together.
As the first line of defence for any organisation or its facilities, the perimeter needs to deter intruders from attacking any part of the premises or surrounding estate. Part of this is having a strong presence and appearance – a security barrier that looks intimidating and well-managed will always be less attractive than one which looks neglected.
Sometimes having discreet security systems can be an advantage, particularly if the facility needs to stay low-key and avoid attracting attention (this may be the case for a valuable private residence for example.) But when it comes to the protection of an obvious target (such as Government buildings) there is every reason to give a show of strength!
A well-planned fence or wall, with highly visible CCTV and security monitoring systems, can be very intimidating to a potential intruder. It also shows that the security regime is well monitored and that the security team is ready for any attempted intrusions.
As well as repelling intruders, it is also vital that the security and management teams know if, and exactly when, there has been a breach in the perimeter cordon.
The perimeter defence is as much about building up information and intelligence of any potential problems as it is about deflecting these potential attacks. It is well-positioned to be your security ‘eyes and ears’, whatever mixture of security systems are most suitable for your needs – be that IR, cable-based systems, lasers or IP-enabled intruder and CCTV systems!
As the security of civilian buildings and facilities becomes even more important, we will see more and more emphasis on protecting the perimeter. Happily, the systems that provide assurance have never been better or more affordable.
Fully integrated security means that previously passive security borders can now become an active part of the security network. This means they can work in close cooperation with more heavily guarded areas, giving security operators a better understanding and the ability to better manage any potential incident.