Specialist in intelligent video and perimeter security solutions C3 Shared Services reports that is the official exclusive applied business partner in sub- Saharan Africa for UK-based perimeter security and safety solutions company Geoquip.
C3 Shared Services business development director Brendon Cowley says: “After searching for the right partner for a year and a half, we decided on Geoquip. We believe the company is the market leader in advanced perimeter cable detection systems and provides us with proven technology.”
ElectroWire is Geoquip’s electrified fence intrusion detection system, which can detect intruder-related activity on a fence and administer painful, but harmless, electric shocks in response.
“Intruder detection capability, coupled with the psychological deterrent of receiving electric shocks, makes the ElectroWire system an effective solution for many perimeter protection applications,” says Geoquip.
The system will signal an alarm if it detects anyone cutting energised wire and when bridging any energised wire to earth it. An alarm is also triggered when an intruder is given an electric shock, provided that the voltage of the fence falls below the appropriate alarm threshold set during the commissioning process.
C3 Shared Services will also install the Perimbar, a point-to-point beam system as part of its turnkey security solutions, which uses towers containing transmitters. The system’s receivers are able to monitor at a distance of up to 150 m.
“When an intruder breaks these beams, an alarm is set off. Unlike passive detectors, the beams cannot be covered, masked or inadvertently blocked without setting off the alarm. Any attempt to scale the unit will immediately be detected, either by the product’s sensitive internal beams or by the activation of the anticlimb over cap,” explains Geoquip.
The company also offers a perimeter intrusion detection system, Defensor, which is used to secure defence establishments, prisons and psychiatric hospitals, government institutions, retail and distribution depots, VIP residences, airports and borders.
Cowley explains that the product can detect and locate threats within 1 m and intelligently indentify the source of the alarm. Further, it has a very low false alarm rate and a high probability of detection. The company plans to promote the product for the detection of activity on pipelines.
“Defensor can communicate alarm information to many types of ancillary control room equipment, such as closed-circuit television matrices, alarm management systems and mimic panels ensuring that the control room staff are kept fully informed about the security of the site,” says Geoquip.
The Defensor includes the company’s Alpha sensor cable, which converts mechanical vibrations generated as a result of intrusion activ- ity into clear, low-noise, elec- trical signals. It incorporates design features intended to increase the frequency and response of the sensor so that as much intrusion-related information as possible is presented to the Defensor digital signal and processing platform.
“Further, because the Alpha sensor cable relies on two simple copper conductors to generate the intrusion-related electrical signals, termination, jointing and repair of the sensor are easier and faster than the repair of fibre-optic sensors and require no special tooling or training,” explains Geoquip.
C3’s staff receive specialised training on the various international products that they install.
“As we are trained in repairs, this ensures a fast turnaround on any repairs, while other installers require products to be sent back to their country of origin to be repaired,” adds C3 Shared Services technical director Nick Grange.
The strict training that C3 staff receive also ensures compliance with stringent health, safety and installation requirements put in place by certain customers, such as mining groups.
C3 Shared Services past projects include a R1,8-million contract for the installation of Israeli-developed military-grade thermal-imaging equipment combined with intelligent video analytics to monitor the Gautrain rapid rail link tracks and tunnels around the Marlboro station.
Grange says that, owing to the emphasis on a high level of security along the Gautrain rail and in the tunnels, the main criterion was to select a combination of technologies that would provide protection of human targets, even in the absence of light. The thermal cameras, combined with the analytics, were installed to detect anyone walking on the tracks and prevent accidents and cable theft.
The system is linked to the Gautrain command centre and will alert the responsible individual to all activity on the tracks. The intelligence that analyses the signals has the ability to respond to multiple events.
“We have installed this technology as part of our turnkey security solutions for the past five years and it has been specially developed for the South African environment,” concludes Cowley.