4 Tips to Optimising Solutions for Perimeter Security

Unless you are running a prison, perimeter security is all about keeping people or something out. The last thing you want is for that boundary to be compromised – and if it is, you’ll want to know about it immediately. So how do you find the right solution to meet your needs? While there are plenty of perimeter intrusion detection systems available, not all offer the same capabilities or peace of mind. Here are some key tips for identifying the right technology.

Tip #1: Consider connectivity and location early in the process.

Traditional technology-based perimeter security requires trenches, cabling and creative solutions to keep the system wired – so why not choose a wireless system instead? This will give you greater flexibility in positioning cameras and allow you to cover every angle, all without the extensive cost of cabling and trenching. Spectur’s solutions, for example, are solar and battery powered and can operate for up to four days without sunlight ensuring that even in the darkest months of winter, they keep working.

Cloud connectivity is also a key consideration. The in-built modem in each Spectur system enables connectivity even in remote areas where there is only a weak 3G or 4G signal. Spectur systems can even be connected with satellite communications ensuring that there is no place on earth (outdoors) that a Spectur system cannot work. As well as temporary (up to a month) on system storage, camera footage and data is uploaded to the cloud via this wireless connection and therefore is kept safe and tamper-proof. Plus, these solutions are Australian designed and built to operate in the harshest of environments. Considering important location factors such as these can help you to quickly narrow down suitable perimeter security options.

Tip #2: Choose a system that sees far and wide.

If you have a large perimeter to monitor, you’ll naturally want to minimise the number of cameras needed while maximising vision and detection capabilities to hep recognise intruders, fires, safety incidents or other trigger events.

Consider the width of view as well as the depth of view to help you identify the ideal security and surveillance products.

  • In terms of width, for perimeter surveillance the camera should provide a narrow view focussed strictly along either the perimeter and a small area immediately adjacent – with no physical blind spots.
  • In terms of depth, it’s important to select the right camera and lighting technology to suit the application.

The Spectur STA6 Solar Sensing System is available in two configurations. The first is high quality 4k imaging which can detect even in ultralow light and at long range (up to 50m). The second is a two-camera system combining the optical camera with a longer range thermal camera, which can identify people more than 250m away in utter darkness. Neither option requires any lighting to see (or for you to see in live view mode), although clearly visible warning lights are illuminated along with a loud spoken warning should an alarm be triggered.

Tip #3: Invest in security and surveillance solutions that can actively – and effectively – deter.

Why just monitor when you can actively deter intruders at the perimeter? While many surveillance systems offer motion-detected sirens and alerts, these may be ignored or be responded to far too late to be of any real value. Often, alerts could even be ignored because of recurring false alarms.

Alternatively – Spectur senses, thinks, and acts on your behalf, using Artificial Intelligence to minimise false alarms and recognise human and vehicle activity. An alert is sent immediately while a warning light and customisable spoken warning is emitted onsite. You can also view the site live and in sharp detail, even in zero light conditions. It’s ideal for active protection of utilities and infrastructure, even in remote areas.

Tip #4: Assess the ability of a system to capture and categorise data.

Of course, if you ever do have a perimeter breach you’ll want access to clear, crisp and searchable data for further action – be it for WH&S claims, legal or insurance claims, prosecution or an incident review.

That’s why we’ve developed our Spectur smart camera systems to capture time-lapse footage and data in the cloud, complete with categorisation and search capabilities. This line of security cameras has license plate capture functionality available via cloud VMS now and directly within the Spectur applications in the near term. You can perform a historic search of movement events from the “CCTV mode” to see if a vehicle has been captured at any point in time, for example.

For perimeter surveillance systems that will offer a true return on your investment, seek out a solution that’s flexible, all-seeing, responsive and provides genuinely usable data. When activity occurs onsite, you’ll be glad you did.

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