Attacks on electric substations and other components of the electrical grid in North America have underscored the risks associated with physical security breaches and the potentially disastrous consequences. In light of these concerns and pending regulations, electrical utilities are taking action with automated security systems that detect and send alarms about security incidents in real time. This is why SightLogix thermal cameras with built-in video analytics are being used to protect substations, solar farms, hydro facilities, power transmission, distribution utilities, and nuclear power plants throughout North America, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.
Solving Substation Security Challenges
SightLogix smart thermal cameras incorporate accurate video analytics that increase the probability of intruder detection while greatly reducing nuisance alarms. SightSensors cover large distances and detect intruders in complete dark, bright sunlight, and poor weather, and can be counted on to secure substations 24/7. They provide a buffer zone of protection beyond the fence line, providing the early warning system that NERC CIP requires. The alerts SightSensors generate are accurate and will drive focused attention when an intrusion occurs, providing reliable, real-time awareness necessary for securing substation and other electrical assets.
In a typical substation security application, smart thermal SightSensors are positioned along the perimeter. Each is paired with a high resolution Pan Tilt Zoom camera for alarm assessment. When a SightSensor detects an intruder, an alarm is triggered to alert security personnel, and the target’s location information is sent over the network to a SightTracker PTZ controller, which automatically zooms and steers PTZ cameras to follow the intruder. The target’s location is also displayed on a topology site map to provide real-time situational awareness.
True substation security means stopping an event by detecting intruders as early as possible, ideally before they enter a secured area, and alerting security staff. When it comes to securing substations, real-time awareness is critical for preventing copper theft, vandalism, accidents and other activities that could disrupt the stability of the power grid. Given their proven track record of providing a high level of security for substations, SightLogix smart thermal systems are the most reliable solution to protect substations while satisfying CIP-014 security mandates.
Substation Security White Paper
SightLogix has published a whitepaper which clarifies the new physical security requirements in the NERC CIP-014 reliability standard, and details how smartsecurity solutions can help meet the requirements of NERC while also addressing copper theft and vandalism challenges. Click here to get the whitepaper.