Future Fiber Technologies launches new perimeter protection system

A new world-class perimeter protection system from Future Fiber Technologies, has been launched to co-incide with the product’s first commercial installation in Florida.

Secure Zone is a mid range derivative of FFT’s proven flagship product, Secure Fence and is designed to fill a need in the market for a highly reliable yet cost-effective zone based intrusion detection solution.

This new product is equipped with FFT’s patented ARaD technology to overcome the traditional problems of nuisance alarms that are so common with current solutions. The technology uses signature recognition and advanced learning algorithms to “know” the difference between an environmental nuisance alarm and an attempted intrusion.

Bill Evenson, Vice president at FFT, says the company has developed Secure Zone at customers’ requests.

“Secure Zone has been developed to offer customers the best possible protection at the lowest possible cost of ownership,” Mr Evenson says. “By configuring the system so there are16 independent hardware zones, each up to 1600 ft in a single unit and by making installation considerably easier, we can deliver superior value-for-money.”

Mr Evenson says his company expects strong demand from those responsible for protecting airports, military bases, Government facilities, as well as energy infrastructure facilities such as oil refineries, petrochemical plants and power plants.

Simple and intuitive to use, Secure Zone has the ability to interface and activate CCTV systems, lighting, gates, email, plus a broad range of external devices and systems.

The area or zone in which an alarm is triggered is instantly displayed, and the event is automatically logged into a secure database. An alarm signal is then sent via dry contacts to a high level command and control system, CCTV camera system, or other external monitoring.

The low cost fiber optic sensor cable is easily attached to a fence to detect intrusion attempts. The system can be configured so that if the cable is cut in one zone, the remaining 15 zones continue to operate normally.

Secure Zone requires no electronics or power in the field, and it is easy and economical to install or expand. There is no field maintenance, and the fiber optic cable is unaffected by RFI, EMI, lightning or storms.

Its fiber optic connections can be all mechanical, so no special fiber optic skills are required, making installation even easier for systems integrators.

The system can be configured to allow up to 3 miles insensitive lead-in, with zone lengths of up to 1600 ft, for a workable solution and maximum value for money. A further benefit is the location of the controller in a security post or building, rather than on the fence line.

Like all FFT products, the Secure Zone detection solution has an impressive ‘green’ footprint. Secure Fence™, Secure Pipe™, Secure Link™ and Secure Zone use fiber optic elements on the field, which incorporate passive field components which require no remedial maintenance and have a rated life of more than fifteen years.

This longer life cycle, evidenced by a manufacturer warranty that is double the industry norm, brings down the total cost of ownership for the customer, and is better for the environment.

The unique design of FFT products ensures an extremely low energy use. At its core, they work via an optical system which sends a light signal down the entire length of the fiber optic path and then analyzes the behavior of the light to detect intrusions. This design is highly energy efficient since no distributed electricity is required to power each zone.

“The newly launched 16-ch Secure Zone system has a total power consumption of only 120W -- or roughly 7.5 W per channel,” says Dr. Jim Katsifolis, Chief Technology Officer at FFT.

In addition, FFT products contain components that comply with RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directives, which is the European Union (EU) Directive 2002/95/EC for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). The purpose of these directives is the prevention, recovery and safe disposal of waste and the promotion of equipment design that facilitates the repair, dismantling, reuse and recycling of equipment.

Since 1994, FFT has successfully positioned itself to be the technology of choice for intrusion detection applications, including perimeters, walls, fences, networks and buried pipelines.

Bill Evenson says his company is committed to an extensive and on-going R&D program to continue to respond to customers needs.

“We are focused on not only enhancing the performance of our existing intrusion detection products but on developing new products with the usability, versatility and capabilities to match evolving market demands,” Mr Evenson says. “The launch of Secure Zone is testament to our commitment to developing systems that continue to meet real-world customer needs.”

The company has experienced significant growth over recent years as the market has begun to understand the truly unique capabilities of FFT’s next generation fiber optic sensing technologies.

The company’s products are seen globally as the technology of choice for perimeter applications, pipeline monitoring and communications/data network security, with hundreds of systems and millions of yards of intrusion detection being deployed globally.