SST launches solution to detect explosive attacks on energy substations

14 September 2014 (Last Updated September 14th, 2014 18:30)

SST, the maker of ShotSpotter Flex and gunfire detection and analysis, has introduced ShotSpotter SiteSecure for Critical Infrastructure, a solution that is designed to meet the protection requirements of large and strategic energy facilities.

SST launches ShotSpotter SiteSecure

SST, the maker of ShotSpotter Flex and gunfire detection and analysis, has introduced ShotSpotter SiteSecure for Critical Infrastructure, a solution that is designed to meet the protection requirements of large and strategic energy facilities.

ShotSpotter SiteSecure for Critical Infrastructure can detect gunfire and explosive attacks on energy substations, huge electrical power grids and other outdoor structures.

Said to be the industry's only 360-degree detection system, the solution offers a wide range of security coverage, unlike other point solutions, which can detect only those triggered directly in front of them.

With "reviewed alerts", ShotSpotter SiteSecure offers an instant alert service 24-hours-a-day, all year round.

Usually, electrical substations are located in remote areas and so they can be vulnerable to attacks as they are not usually closely monitored by local law enforcement.

However, firms deploying the SiteSecure solution can benefit from complete 360-degree detection capabilities including the early threat detection; have ongoing gunshot location alerts; and enhanced tactical response.

The solution offers wide-area protection, which is capable of pinpointing gunfire up to 500m away.

SST CEO Ralph A Clark said: "Last year's Metcalf breach was an important teaching moment for us: simple non-integrated security point solutions and those that focus exclusively on cyber attacks leave us vulnerable to potential breaches and compromise security of our critical infrastructure.

"The industry needs layered security solutions to protect physical assets. Wide area acoustic gunshot detection and alerting must be a part of any comprehensive security and surveillance programme."

"The industry needs layered security solutions to protect physical assets. Wide area acoustic gunshot detection and alerting must be a part of any comprehensive security and surveillance programme designed to protect our strategic critical infrastructure."

In March, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to build reliability standards that require owners and operators of the bulk-power system to address risks due to physical security threats.

The SiteSecure solution can easily be integrated with a facility's existing security platform and operate remotely through a managed, cloud-based system.

The system can quickly detect incoming gunfire and then trigger alerts to security operations centre personnel and local law enforcement.

The other key functionalities are that it can detect a full-spectrum of potential threats including both subsonic and supersonic rounds, as well as explosive attacks; it can provide precise location and pinpoint data; and includes a collaborative sensor approach.

As it is a managed, cloud-based system, it offers cost-effective support.


Image: ShotSpotter SiteSecure solution offers 360-degree protection and security for energy substations and electrical power grids. Photo: courtesy of SST Inc

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