OptaSense announces breakthrough protection solution for perimeter and fence intruder detection

09 Sep 2013

Real-time asset intelligence company, OptaSense, today launches its new OLA2-1000 Perimeter Intruder Detection System (PIDS), at the world’s leading defence and security show, DSEI, in London this week. The new system is designed to eradicate, at low cost, false alarms commonly found when using conventional fibre/cable based PIDS systems in desert and windy conditions.

Commenting on the performance Magnus McEwen-King, Managing Director for OptaSense said “This new OptaSense product utilises our ground-breaking DAS sonar technology to “listen” to and classify activity on and around the fence rather than just “feel” the energy level as legacy systems do. For the first time the OptaSense OLA2-1000 means customers can have full detection and low false alarms in all weather conditions. In many installations we have been able to replace legacy systems using previously installed perimeter fibre which gives customers improved performance at low cost

The new system, which uses OptaSense’s cutting-edge Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) to monitor long linear assets such as fences, has been successfully installed and verified by customers in the Middle East, Europe and North America. In recent tests at a Middle East oil and gas facility where 30-40mph winds were evident, OptaSense achieved 100% detection rates on cutting, climbing and intrusion with no nuisance alarms in comparison to the 25% detection achieved by a legacy system. The new system will be offered at comparable capital cost to existing systems, while long-term operational costs are expected to provide overall cost savings.

False alarms, especially in the Middle East which is subject to high winds, have been an issue for traditional systems since their appearance in the early 1990’s. Based on basic energy sensors, these systems respond to movement regardless of its origin, whether human activity or wind, and have traditionally led to very high levels of nuisance alarms, and often a poor experience for the operators. This in turn has often led to the disuse of such systems, and in many cases they have been turned off or only used in “good weather”. As OptaSense does not require any proprietary cable, the OLA2-1000 PIDS can be used to bring new life to struggling systems by utilising the legacy fibre: minimising commissioning costs.

The new fence mounted solution is based on OptaSense revolutionary technologies already deployed in the protection of more than 11,000 km of pipeline worldwide. OptaSense perimeter solutions are already being utilised by National Governments to help protect Nuclear Power stations, oil & gas facilities as well as VIP residences.

OptaSense is exhibiting at the DESI fair, at stand number S2-550. In addition, key executives will be leading two seminars on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th September, entitled “Building the Earth’s Nervous System – how fibre-acoustic sensing is changing our world” and “Securing Land Borders – how fibre-acoustic sensing is revolutionising border monitoring”.

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QinetiQ Press Office – pressoffice@qinetiq.com / +44 (0) 1252 39 3500

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About OptaSense

OptaSense is a platform technology which has applications in a number of markets, including infrastructure security where the technology is already in use to monitor 10,000kms of assets, principally providing leak detection and third party intrusion detection for oil and gas pipelines.
OptaSense is the World leader in distributed fibre sensing and operating in 40 countries globally with operations across multiple industries including Oil & Gas, Defence & Security, Transport and Utilities. It is managed as an autonomous subsidiary of the QinetiQ Group.

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OptaSense announces breakthrough protection solution for perimeter and fence intruder detection