Why Certified UL 752 Ballistic Testing is Crucial for Barriers

Why Certified UL 752 Ballistic Testing is Crucial for Barriers

Ballistic Barrier, Ballistic Testing, Critical Asset Protection, Substation Protection

Attacks on substations have been happening more and more over the last couple years which was why change had to happen. That change came in the way of the CIP-014-1 standard, which is a standard that requires transmission owners on the Bulk Power Systems (BPS) to perform risk assessments on their critical transmission stations, substations and primary control centers.

While there have been multiple forms of attacks on these stations, the most common has been from sniper attacks which is means standards had to be put into place.

That is why the utility security needs to be more than just a concrete wall or chain link fence. Enter, Ideal Utility Service’s ballistic barriers.

To keep ballistic attacks from penetrating the barriers and reaching or damaging the critical assets, Ideal’s barriers have been tested by H.P. White Laboratory, Inc. and are certified UL 752: Level 3,4,7 and 8.

“But what does that mean exactly?”

The level is the standard for bullet resisting equipment and means that the equipment is protected from “complete penetration, passage of fragments of projectiles,”. As for each level, below is a table of what exactly each level means:

Photo Credit: ArmorCore
Photo Credit: ArmorCore

 

With UL 752 standard and Level 3,4,7 and 8 ballistic testing, Ideal’s ballistic barriers will help protect and secure critical assets from long range and close range ballistic attacks, as well as several other forms of attack.

Being up to and beyond the standards is what Ideal is all about. So, if you’re looking for customized ballistic barriers that will protect your critical assets, contact us today for a quote.

Utility Security: Why CIP-014-1 is Important for Everyone

Utility Security: Why CIP-014-1 is Important for Everyone

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For anyone working in the utility service and security industry, government mandates towards the industry are always something to keep a close eye on. While most mandates have to do with security or safety and the latest standard that was passed in late January of 2015 is no different.

CIP-014-1 (or Critical Infrastructure Protection) is a physical security standard to identify and protect Transmission stations, substations and their primary control centers.

But why did lawmakers have to step in?

CIP-014-1 was necessary after several attacks have taken place over the last couple years on Transmission facilities and power grids. That includes a sniper attack on an Oklahoma substation which caused $1 million in damages as well as an attack on an Arkansas electric grid that left 10,000 people without power.

Going without power for a little bit may not seem like the worst thing in the world but when you realize how a large blackout can not only affect the quality of life in the area but also impact the economy all together. Without power, businesses throughout the region will be unable to operate which can have a snowball effect on every single person. That is why this standard is needed.

Thanks to the Critical Infrastructure Protection standard, transmission owners are now required to perform risk assessments that identify critical transmission stations and substations, and associated primary control centers. Once identified, owners must evaluate for physical threats, develop and implement a security plan.

Whether you’re an owner or worker in the in U.S. Energy industry or a person that enjoys electricity and heat, this CIP-014-1 standard is important to know and understand.

For more information on the standard and our custom designed utility security ballistic barriers, contact us today at Ideal Utility Services.