The concept of securing perimeters is as old as history itself. Walls, moats and ramparts may have given way to fences and alarms, but the concept remains the same: create an unbreachable barrier around a site for large area intrusion detection that protects the people and assets contained within. And for certain facilities like those where assets of value comprise a large portion of the area within the perimeter, this traditional model remains a viable security strategy.
But for many organizations, the cost of securing large area from intruders can be staggering and – depending on the size and type of assets to be protected – may not be necessary. In these types of cases, a new approach, made possible by innovations in large area intrusion detection solutions, lets you reduce costs by securing the most pressing problem areas inside the perimeter, rather than the entire perimeter itself.
Take an airport perimeters, which may stretch miles; the assets that need most protection, like fuel storage tanks, entrance gates, or jets not in service are usually located in a defined area within the perimeter. These critical spots can be addressed first, while the larger perimeter can be secured later as budgets allow. As a result, you can solve a majority of their most important security problems at a fraction of the cost of a complete perimeter security solution.
Key to this approach is wide area security solutions where a single device can protect a large, three-dimensional volume of a defined area. This strategy can be used for many different commercial sites, such a chemical storage facilities, airports, rail yards or any critical outdoor asset located in small sections of expansive facilities.
Critical spots can be addressed first, while the larger perimeter can be secured as budgets allow. As a result, many organizations can solve a majority of their security problems at a fraction of the cost of implementing a complete perimeter security solution.
The Advantage of Large Area Intrusion Detection
Large area technologies detect intruders within the entire volume of space, rather than on a particular line of demarcation. Any intruder within that three-dimensional area that breaks a security rule generates an alarm that alerts security personnel, who can mount an immediate response. Additionally, if it can be shown that a large portion of intrusions occur at gates along sections of perimeter fencing, protecting just those gates could be highly cost-effective – an important point when budget limitations can prevent a larger program from being implemented at all.
The key to the success of an automated outdoor intruder detection system is to ensure accurate alarms without nuisances. When combined with thermal sensors and video analytics, smart thermal cameras, which employ very accurate size, speed and direction rules, deliver the reliable alerts that make a dependable security system.
The large area intrusion detection capability of smart thermal cameras is changing the way people think about perimeter security and outdoor asset protection. No longer is it necessary to incur the hefty expense of securing the entire perimeter right away when the areas of top concern cover only a part of the area contained within. By taking a wide area security approach, you can cut the costs associated with outdoor protection while significantly increasing security.