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!

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.