How Do Ballistic Barriers Protect Critical Assets from Attacks?

How Do Ballistic Barriers Protect Critical Assets from Attacks?

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

With the passing of North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s CIP-014 standard, transmission station and substation owners are installing new and more secure ballistic barriers to protect their bulk power systems including control centers and electrical grids.

Directly from NERC, this standard has been put into place to identify and protect Transmission stations and Transmission substations, and their associated primary control centers, that if rendered inoperable or damaged as a result of a physical attack could result in widespread instability, uncontrolled separation, or Cascading within an Interconnection.

But how exactly do these barriers protect their critical assets from attacks?

Ballistic attacks are the most common form of intrusion on power systems, as it’s become quite normal for it to happen all around the world. That is why the Ideal ballistic barrier is up to UL 752 Level 3,4,7, 8 and 10, which will protect the critical facilities from several forms of ballistic attacks including .44 Magnum Lead Semiwadcutter Gas Checked and 7.62mm Rifle Lead Core Full Metal Copper Jacket Military Ball (.308 caliber).

On top of protection from ballistic attacks, Ideal’s barriers are also resistant to fire attacks, climbing intruders and ramming.

If you’re an owner of a medium impact transmission facility (CIP-022-5.1) or are a transmission station or substation operator looking to get your facility up to right standards, contact us today for more information and a quote.

Ideal Utility Services are not only protective and resistant to ballistic attacks but they’re also custom made. Choose from five different finishes and request custom heights and lengths to make sure the ballistic barrier fits your needs and style.

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 the 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 why 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 8 and 10.

“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.