Five Ways to Optimise Your Perimeter Security Monitoring Strategy

New research into the perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) market forecasts growing global demand for perimeter security monitoring solutions. IMARC’s report, Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2022-2027, predicts that global market value will reach USD 97.3 Billion by 2027. Meanwhile, Markets and Markets have released a Global Forecast to 2026 which estimates a similar boom, forecasting global growth to USD 96.5 billion by 2026. Market drivers, both reports agree, include:

  • Increasingly stringent government standards for perimeter security at critical infrastructure sites – for example, military bases, nuclear plants and oil and gas refineries and pipelines.
  • A rise in sophisticated perimeter security threats, especially in the context of the pandemic, which has driven an increased dependency on homeland security.
  • In Asia Pacific (APAC) – expected to record the highest market CAGR during the forecast period – a proliferation of new technology infrastructure, IIOT and smart cities – all of which need to be safeguarded.
  • Private demand for perimeter intrusion detection to protect valuable commercial and high net value sites.

These factors are all fuelling interest in perimeter security solutions – but, as the market grows, customers face bewildering decisions. Traditional perimeter security monitoring, such as CCTV and manual patrols, is giving way to advanced, multi-layer PIDS strategies. These are increasingly powered by technology including AI, machine learning, and big data analytics. What’s more, according to the above-mentioned reports, perimeter security strategies are hampered by a lack of specialist knowledge amongst organisations’ own personnel. All of this presents significant strategic challenges to any organisation seeking an optimised perimeter monitoring strategy that balances risk, cost, and robust delivery.

The Role of Distributed Acoustic Sensing in Perimeter Security Monitoring

Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) is quickly becoming recognised as a smarter, faster way to automate and optimise security monitoring and perimeter intrusion detection. Also known as DAS Photonics, Distributed Acoustic Sensing harnesses the sensitivity of fibre optic cabling to detect and analyse threats as they happen.

The principles of DAS centre on monitoring acoustic vibrations. The Distributed Acoustic Sensor is connected to fibre optic cables that run along the length or circuit of the perimeter. The sensor then shoots thousands of pulses of light along the cable every second. A proportion of that light is reflected back to the DAS interrogator – a process known as Rayleigh Backscatter. When a disturbance occurs at any point along the cable, the light patterns at that location will also be disturbed, and that acoustic data is detected by the DAS interrogator. The security operator is alerted, so that the disturbance can be dealt with.

Five Key Capabilities You Should Look for in a DAS Perimeter Monitoring Solution

However, not all DAS systems are equal in their ability to analyse and report on the nature of disturbances. The technology configuration that surrounds the core DAS system can significantly enhance the level of perimeter security intelligence generated. And that intelligence is crucial to ensuring a fast, targeted, and effective response to perimeter threats. So, it is vital to understand the capabilities that transform a DAS perimeter intrusion detection system from good to great. Here are some key areas to focus on when comparing DAS perimeter monitoring systems:

How accurate are the detection capabilities?

An optimised response to perimeter intrusion threats depends on speed and insight. Security teams need to understand the precise location and nature of the threat, in real-time, in order to take the right remedial action, straight away.

LiveDETECT® from Fotech Solutions delivers on both counts. Proven in field tests and case studies to detect perimeter security disturbances to within metres, and report within minutes, LiveDETECT® harnesses the power of advanced algorithms and machine learning to analyse each unique acoustic signature that is returned to the Helios® DAS interrogator. Additionally, the Panoptes alarm server differentiates between benign background noise and genuine disturbances, so that only relevant events are reported. The security operator has instant visibility as to not just the location of the threat, but the cause and severity of the threat, so that they can deploy the right response with speed and confidence.

How far can a perimeter intrusion detection system reach?

When it comes to monitoring perimeter security, end-to-end protection is crucial. Fotech Solutions has just launched its next generation of Helios® DAS TL4 and Helios® DAS TX4 interrogators – both of which offer single and dual channels that can monitor distances of up to 100km from a single unit. What’s more, they are designed to withstand extreme conditions, meaning that even perimeters in challenging, remote locations can be easily protected.

Find out more about our next generation of Helios® DAS monitoring interrogators

Can a DAS monitoring system integrate with other perimeter security measures?

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the rise in perimeter security threats is driving a need to deploy multi-layer perimeter monitoring strategies. In particular, perimeter security operators are increasingly responding to threats by deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). They can be flown to the site of the disturbance at speeds of over 70 kph, provide valuable visual and thermal intelligence, deter potential intruders with visual and audio warnings – and even follow a perpetrator if they attempt to escape the situation.

Fotech LiveDETECT can be directly integrated with a UAV system so that, as soon as a threat is detected, the UAV is automatically alerted and immediately travels to the location. This saves valuable time in deterring intruders, as well as providing central monitoring teams with valuable intelligence so that they can coordinate a fast, accurate and safe response.

Can a DAS system improve perimeter security intelligence over time?

As perimeter security threats evolve, operators need strategic intelligence to ensure that their monitoring strategies keep up. Enter EDAM – our Enhanced Acoustic Data and Monitoring Platform, which can be integrated with Helios® DAS and Panoptes as part of an end-to-end security strategy.

EDAM records, stores and replays segments of acoustic data along the perimeter, enabling operators to build an understanding of historic security events over any given period of time. That data can be used to optimise existing detection techniques, set new detection parameters, and continuously improve perimeter security strategies as threats become more complex.

What level of service should a DAS perimeter security monitoring company provide?

Given how crucially important perimeter security is, your choice of service partner is just as important as the core DAS monitoring system you choose. Their skill in configuring the technology, responsiveness to maintenance needs, support systems, and expertise in the perimeter security market are all vital considerations.

Fotech Solutions is proud to have been a trusted partner to customers worldwide for more than a decade. We don’t just provide perimeter security monitoring solutions. We also support our customers strategically, helping them to make the right business decisions to protect both their business-critical assets and their bottom line.

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