Singapore companies enter the perimeter security fences business

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10296210_sThe competition is heating up. A company from Singapore has entered with great force into the perimeter security fences business in direct competition with Israeli companies.

Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics) claims it has solved major problems with sensor-based perimeter security fencing.

ST Engineering has developed a cost-effective, fiber-optic, sensor-based perimeter security solution known as the AgilFence Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS)

According to the company It can secure borders, military facilities and high-asset commercial properties.

Post-9/11 Singapore hardened its security infrastructure following the discovery of a Jemaah Islamiyah cell, which had targeted Western interests, including U.S. military personnel.

Because of its close links to the West, and the large concentration of Western interests in the country, Singapore sees itself as an attractive target for international terrorist groups.

According to the company while optical fiber is widely used in fence intrusion detection systems, the AgilFence PIDS is unique as it uses a series of tiny mirror-like sensors known as fiber bragg grating (FBG). Each of these permits a specific wavelength of light to be reflected when white light is transmitted along the optical fiber cable. The reflection sequence is predetermined and no alarm will be triggered as long as this steady state is maintained.

In the past, FBG sensor cables were costly to produce and the complexity of managing data from a large array of sensors deterred many companies from applying this technology.

The company from Singapore claims it mastered the relevant technologies. The result according to ST is an affordable option

Today, AgilFence protects Changi Airport along with nine other sites around Singapore

Changi Airport’s perimeter protection plan boasts a double-layered fence with anti-tunneling protection that surrounds the perimeter of the airport. This is now further enhanced with AgilFence and an optimal number of low-light pan–tilt–zoom cameras placed strategically along the fence, Tan said.