Infrastructure:Electric,Gas & Water

Security as Part of Critical Infrastructure Business Plan

Among the critical infrastructure security twists and turns can be a solar panel to power security gear. Photo courtesy of IFSS

It is not a matter of collaboration over security technology as much as it is a sharing of the goals and vision inherent in the enterprise’s business plan.

That’s the bottom line for Rob Hile, CEO, IFSS, an integrator headquartered in Fort Myers, Fla. His firm has worked with the likes of Tampa Bay Water, Key West Airport and Southwest Florida Water Management.

The sector “is strategic for us. But you have to be sharp about diverse regulations and they are always changing; and there is often a higher level of security” as compared to more typical commercial clients, Hile says. There also are additional twists and turns: The “high level of responsibility. Extra certifications. Right clearances. Tight schedules. And when they call [for service or help], you cannot say tomorrow. The level of response is critical.”

Concerning access, “cards are multi-authority and PIN. There can be hand geometry, gate access and the need to control and identify vehicles.”

Concerning video, “the camera is part of the critical infrastructure business culture. There is more intuitive VMS as projects move away from typical annual licensing. There is use of virtual fences, thermal imaging, high level of wireless and lightning and surge protection. Solar panels to power remote location gear as well as analytics and cloud-based offerings.”

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