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Given the ever-evolving nature of security challenges facing industries today, many are merging their physical security solutions with digital technologies. Pipeline, border and critical infrastructure operators, to name but a few, are adopting and integrating technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), sensors and distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) to enhance management and security operations to bolster their perimeter security operations.

When it comes to industries in charge of high-value assets — which are often subject to high levels of public and regulatory scrutiny — there’s a necessity for state-of-the-art security solutions that are harder to penetrate and provide multiple layers of protection against potential breaches.

As a result, securing the perimeters of these assets requires a security strategy that intertwines traditional protection methods with the latest innovations in digital technology.

The vast majority of physical security operations still rely on a combination of walls, ring fencing, CCTV and manned patrols. It remains, in many sectors, a largely manual and analogue operation. While these measures can still be effective, security teams can benefit from technologies that provide them with blanket coverage of the perimeter, detect intrusions and raise alarms on potential integrity issues.

Technologies such DAS, which can provide coverage of an entire perimeter and raise alerts in real-time, give security teams a comprehensive overview of their operations. In particular, the ability to detect potential intrusions at the earliest possible opportunity and raise an actionable alert, cuts the time it takes to respond effectively. This is a massive advantage to security teams.

Early alerts are an essential element of any modern security strategy. The earlier the alarm the swifter the response, meaning protocols and procedures can be initiated instantly and officials can coordinate with external parties — whether it be the police, private security or other government bodies — and mitigate any possible trespassing, disruption or damage that may occur.

As businesses adapt to complex and challenging new threats, digital technologies will enhance perimeter security management strategies. For security professionals, digital technologies like DAS, represent the future of perimeter security. And with cutting-edge solutions rapidly replacing outdated processes the need for holistic and real-time information has never been more evident in the drive to gain operational efficiencies.

So, when it comes to protecting and securing assets or sites classified as high-priority, the focus will shift towards investing, adopting and integrating new digital technologies with analogue operations. This will provide asset owners and security teams with deeper, more actionable insights, deliver added value, and improve security strategies already in place.