Going the Distance

Perimeter security & critical infastructure—a dynamic duo

With technologies maturing, detection systems and sensors are continuing to get more accurate, according to Henry. “The software, or PSIM systems that tie the different elements together along with video and access and other types of Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBR7E) sensors are all part of the overall security solution for situational awareness and response.”

What’s available now in security compared to what was available 10 years ago is a real juxtaposition, like day and night. For perimeter security to continue to advance to the next level, especially in critical infrastructure environments, it will be necessary for solutions providers and resellers to be able to look at the overall picture and that picture is deeply entrenched in integration. Security solutions have to go beyond just creating a single product and presenting it to a customer. Technology in security will only continue to progress forward and as that happens, the need for more interoperability will gain prevalence in the eyes of the end-user and it is only a matter of time before that happens.

18 Sectors of Critical Infrastructure

Agriculture and Food

Commercial Facilities



Information Technology

Postal and Shipping

Banking and Finance


Defense Industrial Base

Government Facilities

National Monuments and Icons

Transportation Systems


Critical Manufacturing

Emergency Services

Healthcare and Public Health

Nuclear Reactors, Materials

and Waste




1) The nation doesn’t see infrastructure protection as an urgent national priority

2) Emerging convergences will reshape how we define and prioritize infrastructures over the next 15 years

3) We need strong cross-sector analysis and advisory capability to better understand impacts of emerging conditions and interdependencies

4) Government institutions are unable to meet the needs of our rapidly changing society

5) Infrastructure failures have widespread regional impact and involve many sectors

6) No single incentive will encourage all infrastructure stakeholders. Different incentives will apply to different types of infrastructures

7) There is a lack of understanding on how conditions, convergences and challenges will affect the emerging future infrastructure

8) Adversaries make decisions and plan attacks much faster than our government

Data courtesy of Toffler Associates, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Infrastructure Protection.


Improvements Since 9/11


  • TSA has deployed 1,200 Explosive Trace Detector machines to passenger screening checkpoints.
  • On 9/11, five percent of checked baggage was screened. Whether checked or taken as a carry-on, TSA now screens 100% of all checked baggage utilizing enhanced technology that quickly determines whether a bag contains a potential threat to aviation security.
  • Background Checks for Truckers Hauling HAZMAT.


  • Development of the Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) for individuals requiring daily access to these critical facilities.
  • Scanning 98% of cargo in our seaports by the end of 2008.
  • Establishing the “Global Standard” for cargo and port security.


  • Screening Visitors to the U.S. Against Watch Lists and Criminal Records.
  • Ending “Catch-and-Release.”


  • $18 Billion has been awarded to state and local governments to increase their level of preparedness.
  • Initiating the National Response Coordination Center to proactively respond in catastrophic situations.
  • Establishment of the National Response Plan (NRP).

Information courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet, 2006>