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.

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