To combat the inherent problems of people smuggling; shipping container theft and tax evasion, the Beirut Seaport Committee needed a perimeter security system capable of withstanding the harsh coastal conditions and operating without power on the seaport’s 5-kilometer perimeter fence. To combat the inherent problems of people smuggling; shipping container theft and tax evasion, the Beirut Seaport Committee needed a perimeter security system capable of withstanding the harsh coastal conditions and operating without power on the seaport's 5-kilometer perimeter fence.
In addition, the system needed to be capable of interfacing with the existing surveillance system and DVR operated on the various types of fences surrounding the site's perimeter.
The chosen security system is developed by Future Fiber Technologies (FFT) and installed by Site Technology, which helped Beirut overcome these challenges to operate successfully on the seaport site's perimeter.
“One of the major difficulties of the Beirut Seaport Perimeter Security Project was the numerous types of fence construction around the perimeter,” said Adam Wilding-Webb, Regional Manager for Middle East, FFT.
“The fences around the site are comprised of weld mesh, chain link and palisade,” Wilding Webb said, “each of which has a set of characteristics and behaves differently in the wind and harsh environmental conditions.”
“Thanks to FFT's signal processing technology, the system was installed so that these large differences in characteristics do not affect the system's ability to run without nuisance alarms,” he said, “in spite of the strong winds and heavy rain common in the area.”
The installed system interfaces with the Beirut Seaport's surveillance system and requires no power anywhere along the perimeter. Putting power on the perimeter fence would have proven to be costly due to the proximity of major roads close to the fence line and the difficulty of digging under these.