Protect Your Electrical Substations with Ballistic Barriers

Protect Your Electrical Substations with Ballistic Barriers

Ballistic Barrier, Critical Asset Protection, Substation Protection

You’ve worked hard to build a solid financial footing and great facilities for your company, so you want to be sure that everything is protected. Accidents and disasters can and do happen, and if you aren’t adequately prepared, it could leave you in financial ruin or affect the day to day operations of the company. If you have key electrical and substation installations you’ll need a reliable ballistic barrier to protect them, as it is a crucial element of sound financial planning and protection.

Ideal Utility Services' Ballistic Barrier protecting an electrical substation
Ideal Utility Services’ Ballistic Barrier protecting an electrical substation

There was an incident in which just a few shots from a high-powered rifle knocked out an electric power substation in rural south-central Utah, cutting off electricity to 13,000 customers for a day and forcing the utility to wait at least six months until the station’s disabled transformer was repaired or replaced. Don’t let something like this happen to your electrical substation, your company, or your community.

Ideal Utility Services has the industry’s most innovative ballistic barrier, which is designed to protect from all kinds of unforeseen terrorist attacks and disasters.

IUS is the creator and manufacturer of these state-of-the-art, U.S. Steel, UL-752 & CIP-014 certified, critical asset protection barriers which are made to withstand and prevent terrorist attacks on electrical substations and bulk power systems. The barriers are designed to protect your key installations from ballistic attacks, fire, ramming, and climbing, while offering ventilation through the system that allows airflow.

Additionally, our ballistic barrier system is customizable in both build and installation options, as it can be installed as close as 18″ from the critical asset. Each panel also has the ability to be removed and replaced, if necessary. This custom treatment is just one of the many features that separate our ballistic barrier from the competitors, most of which are still using concrete wall panels.

Interested in learning more about how Ideal Utility Service’s industry-leading ballistic barrier will protect and secure your company’s electrical substation? Contact us today at 313-363-0261!

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.

Custom Designed Ballistic Barriers are More than Just Protective

Custom Designed Ballistic Barriers are More than Just Protective

Ballistic Barrier, Critical Asset Protection, Substation Protection

Appearance matters. That’s a fact for just about everything, especially when it comes to the look of your facility.

Having an ugly or outdated look can draw bad looks and complaints from local residents and other companies and businesses in the area. That is why, if you’re a transmission station owner or utility facility manager, installing a customizable ballistic barrier to protect your critical assets and meet the CIP-014 standard is the way to go.

While most barriers have been made from concrete or chainlink fencing, Ideal’s ballistic barriers are made from US steel and are available in four different finishes. That includes:

  • Raw Steel
  • Painted Steel
  • Galvanized
  • Powder Coated

But that’s not the only customizable option that separates our ballistic barrier from the competitors. That would be the ability to install the IUS barrier within 18″ of the critical asset in need of protection. This not only will help with protection from potential attacks but it can also cut the cost of the total price tag on the barrier since less will be needed to surround the substation.

Whether you’re looking for the raw steel look or a powder coated finish that needs to be installed right up next to the critical asset, Ideal has the barrier for your facility. Add in the flexible design options that include custom height and length, and your ballistic barrier will be completely customized to your needs.

For more information and/or a quote on our available critical asset protection options, contact us today at Ideal Utility Services.

The Ideal Solution to Ballistic Barrier Design

The Ideal Solution to Ballistic Barrier Design

Ballistic Barrier, Critical Asset Protection, Substation Protection

With the December 2015 passing of the CIP-014 standard, the critical asset protection industry is about to take off. That means plenty of utility security companies will be creating and manufacturing their own ballistic barriers. But most are creating something similar to what’s already been available for years. And we’ve seen how those designs have done against attacks.

Change and innovation is wanted. That is why an Ideal solution to ballistic barrier design is necessary:

  • Made of US Steel
    • Concrete walls and chainlink fences have been what stands between critical assets and terrorist attacks for years now. But not anymore. Our US Steel barriers will protect electric grids and other assets from almost every form of attack. These barriers also give facilities and areas visual obstruction to deter terrorists from their wanted penetration spots.
  • Resistant to Attacks
    • From the US Steel structure to the available add-on anti-climbing features, an Ideal barrier will be able to withstand all different forms of attack. That includes cutting, climbing, ramming and several forms of ballistic attacks.
  • UL 752 Level 3,4,7, 8 and 10 Ballistics Protection certified
    • Ballistic attacks are the most common form of attack on utility assets which means having a barrier that can withstand top level ballistics is critical. Ideal’s barriers were tested by H.P. White Laboratory, Inc. and are fully up to CIP-014 standards.
  • Customizable Look
    • Buyers will be able to choose from five different finishes, including raw steel, painted steel, galvanized, powder coated and custom design coatings that are available in custom heights and lengths to give 360 degrees of protection.

Ideal’s ballistic barriers are the most state-of-the-art security features for critical asset protection available. They not only are made of steel and are secure from most forms of attack but they are also customizable. Having a gray, concrete wall, or chain link fence surrounding a facility or grid doesn’t look good.

So, make sure your substations and other critical assets are protected with the best. Contact us today for more information on our low cost, durable security solution with a superior range of ballistics protection. We can answer any questions on our asset protection options and get you a quote for your utility facility.

What Separates Ideal’s Ballistic Barriers from the Rest?

What Separates Ideal’s Ballistic Barriers from the Rest?

Ballistic Barrier, Critical Asset Protection, Substation Protection

Thanks to the CIP-014-1 being passed in late 2015, the utility security industry is growing faster than ever. That’s especially the case with the production of ballistic barriers.

So, what’s the difference between one ballistic barrier and any other? What makes Ideal Utility Services’ ballistic barriers better than the competitors?

  • Up to the Highest Standards: They meet NERC CIP-014 security requirements for bulk power systems and are Lab Certified UL 752, Level 3,4,7,8 and 10 Ballistics Protection. Ideal’s ballistic barriers are also non-flammable, resistant to ramming and ballistics attack, and also have an anti-climb feature to ward off any trespassers.
  • Not Concrete: This may sound like a disadvantage but with the airflow that is crucial for utility areas and power grids, a restrictive barrier like concrete can be a problem. The difference, Ideal’s barriers are made from US steel and rated up to 120mphs.
  • Custom Design: Concrete can also be very ugly for facilities, especially in the city. That is what separates Ideal’s barriers from most. They are custom made which includes the design, height, and length, and can be installed within 18″ of critical assets to give each buyer exactly what they need.
  • Freedom of Repair: With concrete barriers, utility owners can have problems reaching critical assets when issues arise. Not with the Ideal ballistic barrier as they can be removed and re-installed to fix any problems with the assets.

If you’re searching for the top ballistic barriers on the market to protect and secure your critical assets, contact us at Ideal Utility Services today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions on our barriers.

Utility Security: Why CIP-014 is Important for Everyone

Utility Security: Why CIP-014 is Important for Everyone

Ballistic Barrier, CIP-014-1, Critical Asset Protection

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 (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 altogether. 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 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.