Innovative technologies need to be put at the core of security infrastructure if organisations are to mitigate against and react to increasingly sophisticated threats in a timely and safe manner

It has been forecast that the global perimeter security market will reach $21 billion by 2020, as major industry players strive to enhance their security measures. Threats to secure facilities are on the rise, ranging from protests and petty vandalism, to theft or even terrorism. Crucially, all of these third-party intrusion attacks are becoming more sophisticated in their nature.

With not only security, but also public safety potentially at risk when it comes to secure facilities, it is no surprise that perimeter security remains a high priority for security professionals. This is compounded by stringent government regulations for perimeter security which continue to tighten. This pressure means security teams are increasingly looking to new technologies to enhance their perimeter security measures.

Current security measures including CCTV, security lighting and GIS mapping, all remain limited in their capabilities. Individually, such technologies do not have the sufficient range to offer complete and continuous monitoring of the area around secure facilities. They are also relatively simple for intruders to work around as they are usually easily visible.  

Technologies such as the Helios Distributed Acoustic Sensor (DAS) have become an increasingly important part of security infrastructure, with over 100 Helios systems operating on fence perimeters across the globe to date. By acting as an ‘invisible’ fence monitoring solution and providing real-time data to operators Helios DAS can pinpoint the exact location of a threat and help operators to deploy existing security solutions far more efficiently.

A fully integrated Helios DAS solution provides up to 40km of bi-directional and continuous monitoring with its dual channel technology. This not only builds confidence in the information and alarms delivered to security operatives but ensures that continuous visibility of the entire perimeter is maintained, even in the event that the optical fibre is broken or maliciously cut.

As external threats continue to become more complex and harder to detect, it is essential for security professionals to add a new and smarter layer of intelligence to the monitoring process and fully embrace the latest technologies.