Two critical UK data storage facilities, serving government and commercial users, are benefiting from round-the-clock enhanced perimeter protection using the latest PulseSecure electrified security barrier technology from Harper Chalice.
The PulseSecure system was selected as the most effective first line of defence at the sites, at undisclosed locations, deterring intruders and detecting any attempt at unauthorised access.
The protected perimeters, including gates, are fully integrated at both sites, with the CCTV and alarm systems triggered by PulseSecure allowing rapid response from security staff.
At identified risk points on the perimeter an overhead, electrified ‘ceiling’ is also used, to prevent intruders from jumping into the site from the back of a vehicle.
The flexible, robust Harper Chalice technology has been praised by the facilities' security planners for its key role in the layered ‘onion skin’ security strategy they employ.
“Our data centres have to be fully accredited for the storage of high risk data and the use of PulseSecure as the first line of defence is a key part of our security planning,” explains security manager Steve Clarkson.
“The system has proved very effective in operation and is very popular among our customers. It’s a good selling point. In fact when we periodically review our security measures, the one element that our users never want us to change in any way is the PulseSecure system – it’s that good.”
Not just for maximum security sites
In addition Mr Clarkson says the PulseSecure system has worked so well in preventing intrusion that he would recommend its use at all business sites, not just at high security locations.
“This technology is suitable for any environment where you are trying to keep people out. We have used even where the perimeter comes very close to the building – as close as four feet at points – and have found it very flexible to install.
“The system can be used to upgrade any fence and I would say that if you have a site where intrusion is a problem, it would be worth putting in a fence if you don’t already have one, so that you can install PulseSecure. It will help to stop criminals from getting in.”
The PulseSecure system is easy to operate and maintain. For the data storage sites, a grounds maintenance contract ensures basic good-housekeeping along the perimeter line, which is important for both CCTV surveillance and the effectiveness of the electrified barrier.
“Controlling vegetation along the boundary is very straightforward and the benefit is a secure, monitored perimeter that never sleeps and is in operation 365 days a year.”
The PulseSecure PROTECTOR system is the only electrified perimeter security solution approved for use at higher risk, enhanced security sites. In independent rough weather trials during 2010 the British-made technology was found to be the most robust and reliable system and as a result is the only one recommended for enhanced security sites.