Hello, from sunny Tampa, Florida. The sun is shining, the weather is warm and the first ever Ideal Utility Services’ ballistic barrier installation is moving along smoothly.
Our very own Gary Patterson and Loren Venegas made their way down to the Sunshine State, along the ballistic barrier, to oversee the first portion of the installation at the Florida Utility company in Tampa. Here are some of the pictures from the first beams going into the Tampa soil and the first panels from sunbathing in the Florida warmth:
The project is moving along smoothly and the mid-March completion date is still looking very good. For more information and updates on our ballistic barriers, please contact us today at Ideal Utility Services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Thanks to the rise in crime surrounding the utility service industry, Ideal Utility Services has decided to step in and fill a void that has been missing with our new ballistic barriers.
Whether it’s to protect an electrical grid or control rooms, Ideal’s ballistic barriers are a cut above the rest. Take a look at our mockup:
Most asset protection barriers have been made out of concrete in the past but when dealing with an electrical grid, airflow is extremely important. Well, our barriers allow airflow while being able to defend and protect the area from a wide range of ammunition choices, including UL 752 Level 3,4,7 and 8 threats.
On top of protection, the barriers will also be custom made so you won’t just have a giant gray wall around your facility.
If you’re interested in adding a top of the line, custom built ballistic barrier to your utility facility, contact us today at Ideal Utility Facility. We’ll be happy to answer any and all questions about our asset protection services.