With the ever-changing landscape of NERC and FERC regulations, implementing a compliant security solution is more critical to your oil and gas refinery than ever. Not only are these utilities essential to the United States critical infrastructure, they are also a potential target for vandalism and even terrorism. In order to protect oil and gas refineries, offices, and the vital SCADA pumping systems that keep them operating, a high level of security is required.
Systems that are commonly integrated for oil and gas facilities include access control, perimeter detection, visitor management, and facility-wide video surveillance. Systems must be customized to your facility’s operational and risk mitigation needs. It must also scale when those demands change.
The perimeter of your facility is farthest from your central operations. As such, specialized technologies ruggedized for extreme conditions must not only sense a potential intrusion but must also be able to provide immediate visual verification of a threat.
Identifying a real threat early allows for a proper, systematic response by your personnel. Video analytics, infrared and visible illumination, thermal imaging, and voice communication work together in a unified solution to detect the threat, initiate a deterrent, and begin an appropriate force response.
Areas where materials are moved, produced, and stored are often outdoors and are more vulnerable than indoor portions of your facility. Specialized camera systems provide high resolution video surveillance that can be used for both security and operations.
Indoor areas must be protected beginning at the front door. Authorized personnel are granted speedy access by using an authorized credential card or biometric identifier that is compared with each swipe to the data stored within the access control system. Visitors to the facility are logged into the integrated visitor management system. These two systems not only control movement within the buildings, but also provide a reliable data source for all personnel accountability in the event of an emergency or training exercise. Video surveillance at all doors, common areas, and critical spaces provides video verification of activity logged by the access control system. It also provides post-incident forensic evidence and real-time observation capability for security personnel.
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Unique variables at critical infrastructure facilities can vary widely from facility to facility and location to location. Network connectivity and power considerations at the perimeter create very specific and difficult challenges. It’s crucial to consult with experienced integrated solution experts before deploying an inappropriate solution for an oil or gas refinery. This can lead to costly penalties and system re-designs.
We’ll ensure compliance, navigate initial discussions with internal and external stakeholders, set reasonable expectations, provide demonstrations, and explain technologies and functions. Once a plan is approved, our experienced team will ensure your refinery and surrounding grounds are protected.