Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fiber Optic Security Fence

Optellios, Inc., a leading U.S.-based fiberoptic technology company, is a provider of advanced solutions for sensing, security, and communication. Its FiberPatrol® line of security products leverages company's pioneering patented fiberoptic sensor technologies to provide the most advanced and cost effective security solutions for military bases, airports, power plants, water treatment facilities, pipelines, secure data networks, and other critical infrastructures and high-value assets.

David Smith, President and CEO of Optellios comments, “We feel that this is an excellent opportunity to meet with the specialists that are tasked with maintaining the physical and operational security at locations with a unique set of challenges.” The summit is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and SOCMA, underscoring the current regulatory environment due to the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorist Standards (CFATS). Smith adds that, “Optellios continues to have success delivering perimeter intrusion detection systems within the chemical sector.

The FiberPatrol® FP2100-X perimeter intrusion detection system uses in-ground fiber-optic sensors to detect humans and vehicles crossing over the sensor area. Unlike the readily visible fence-mounted sensors, a buried FP2100-X sensor is covert. Moreover, because FiberPatrol sensors are non-metallic and produce no electro-magnetic emissions or heat, they are not merely invisible, but virtually undetectable.

The FP2100-X systems feature high sensitivity monitoring, capable of easily detecting and pinpointing the location of an intruder’s footsteps. Sensing cables are buried in protective conduits using standard utility contractor techniques to minimize the installation cost. Buried sensors can be deployed in a single straight line or configured to cover areas of any shape and size on flat or rolling terrain. The in-ground sensors are compatible with a wide range of soil types and climate conditions.

The FP2100-X systems can be calibrated to report GPS coordinates of an attempted breach, which can be used for activating corresponding PTZ camera presets or for personnel dispatch. The location-sensing ability of an FP2100-X system enables it to resolve multiple simultaneous disturbances, making it immune to defeat by overwhelming.

When a sensor cable is cut, either by accident or in an attempt to defeat the security system, an FP2100-X system immediately reports the incident, including its exact location. Moreover, the system retains the ability to detect and pinpoint intrusion attempts up to the cut point. A self-healing sensor ring can be implemented by installing an FP2100-X sensor in a closed loop configuration. The same fiber-optic cable can be used for video and data transmission.

The FP2100-X systems are commonly deployed to provide intrusion detection around the site perimeter or to isolate individual high-value assets within the facility. The FP2100-X in-ground sensors can be discreetly incorporated into landscaped areas, where security fencing may not be desirable on aesthetic basis. Alternatively, the FP2100-X can be used as a second layer of intrusion detection, in conjunction with fence- or wall-mounted sensors.

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