The media focuses on high-profile assailant events involving houses of worship, city centers, and other soft targets. What the media tends to ignore are the events that never happened due to diligent security planning and successful deployments.
It wasn’t too long ago that industrial facilities were a well-known high-risk vulnerability. Responsible leadership and oversight from agencies like Department of Homeland Security—through Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21)—advances national policies to protect critical infrastructure. And also due to CFATS regulations, breaches have been prevented and kept out of the headlines.
Regardless of improvements, it’s never acceptable to lighten up security measures.
Industrial facilities must protect their employees, contractors, the surrounding communities, and corporate assets. Plus, physical security protection is brand value protection.
Protection starts at the perimeter and continues to the very center of every facility, preventing and mitigating both external and internal threats. Integrated security systems create a unified security solution and combine all systems from fence line to data center.
The mere presence of a conspicuous security posture is a deterrent for most bad actors. With the help of experienced security partners, from integrators to consultants, security planning for industrial facilities has never been better.
Industrial security considerations may include:
- Perimeter fencing, illumination, and signage – these three items alone can deter bad actors from attempting access.
- Perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) – these electronic systems can be easily mounted to most fences that are in good condition. They facilitate alerts if a fence is disturbed by climbing or cutting.
- Parking lot safety – emergency call boxes, illumination, and video surveillance can create a much safer environment for employees and visitors.
- Vehicle and pedestrian entrance control – creating checkpoints for everyone and everything entering the property completes the perimeter protection. Rugged intercom stations with onboard video feeds can keep trucks and cars moving through gates efficiently.
- Video surveillance with smart analytics and even thermal imaging – modern video surveillance has taken security cameras from simple video devices to high performance, high resolution unauthorized behavior detectors.
- Primary and remote building intrusion detection – keeping an eye on closed doors and windows, as well as motion in secure areas, is fundamental when it comes to security solutions.
- Credential-enabled access control – limiting access to secure areas within a facility increases security and provides a log of events for post-incident investigations. Couple access control with video surveillance and investigation time is dramatically reduced.
- Intercom, public address, and emergency voice communication – the ability to communicate clearly during normal operations improves efficiency and security. During emergencies, clear voice messages can mean the difference between life and death.
We’re Here to Assist with Planning and Implementation
There are so many variables and potential solutions for industrial facilities that consultation with topic experts is crucial.
The Vision team is ready to help with planning, from security technology options to the unique aspects your facility’s emergency response plan. We’ll navigate initial discussions with stakeholders and local authorities, explaining the technology and how it functions during normal operations and emergencies. Once a security technology plan is approved, our experienced team will ensure your facility and surrounding grounds are protected.