VANQUISH™ Deterrent Systems are a proactive approach in the fight to limit uncontrolled access to substations, and there by preventing unnecessary interference with electrical equipment and the potential for power outages.
Mitigating Risk in Electric Utility Substations, our mission – To serve the electric power industry through the design, manufacture, supply and support of products for protection of substation equipment at the perimeter fence line. The average age of substation perimeter fences in the United States is currently 40 years old. Coupled with the fact that existing substation fences, by design, do little to nothing to prevent animals or people from gaining access – it becomes clear that it is time to change the way Electric Utilities view the substation fence. “Today we still deliver power much like we did a century ago, but there’s technology now that can help utilities reduce power outages,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Doug Esamann.
Fourteen years ago VANQUISH Fencing Incorporated stepped into the electric utility reliability business with its now PATENTED Animal Deterrent System with the simple statement:
“It’s time to upgrade aging infrastructure with a proven front line defense that inhibits snakes, raccoons, squirrels, and other small crawling animals from gaining access. Preventing small crawling animals from digging under the fence line, penetrating through the fabric, manipulating corners, and most of all from climbing over the top.”
Electric Utilities spend millions of dollars a year repairing damage caused by animals that have entered the substation and made contact with high dollar electrical equipment. In most cases the animal does not survive the encounter and the resulting outage caused by the incident is experienced by thousands of customers, possibly for and extended period of time.
When the utility industry started to experience an increase in copper theft and the subsequent equipment damage from unauthorized intruders into the substation VANQUISH Fencing Incorporated responded with the option of installing security fabric to its deterrent systems. Installation of security fabric in place of standard chain link fabric and in some cases in conjunction with chain link creates a security barrier that is formidable by inherently being both difficult to climb and difficult to penetrate. It takes from 52 to 72 or more tedious individual cuts using special tools to make a hole in the material big enough for an average individual to pass through, which in most cases results in deterrence, causing delay, detection and apprehension. When used in conjunction with motion detectors or video surveillance tools the number of false alarms is greatly reduced. In most cases, the VANQUISH’s Security Guard System can pay for itself with one prevented break in attempt.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order on Reliability Standards for Physical Security Measures under Docket No. RD14-6-000 issued March 7, 2014 in which the Commission directed “The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), as the Commission-certified Electric Reliability Organization (ERO), to submit for approval one or more Reliability Standards that will require certain registered entities to take steps or demonstrate that they have taken steps to address physical security risks and vulnerabilities related to the reliable operation of the Bulk-Power System From the Order: “Physical attacks to the Bulk-Power System can adversely impact the reliable operation of the Bulk-Power System, resulting in instability, uncontrolled separation, or cascading failures.” As a result utilities will be required to identify and protect transmission substations and their associated primary control centers that if rendered inoperable or damaged as a result of a physical attack could result in widespread instability, uncontrolled separation, or cascading with in an Interconnection.
VANQUISH Fencing Incorporated has responded to the requirement of developing a Physical Security Plan that contains security measures designed to Deter, Detect, and Delay by expanding its offering of products designed and engineered to meet those specific aspects for implementation of the Physical Security Plan. Consideration has been given to aligning the threat with the appropriate solution, while avoiding the tendency to either over spend or implementing a solution that comes with a recurring operation and maintenance cost that may not realistically be sustainable. There is no one size fits all solution (no silver bullet) and so VANQUISH’s Team is prepared to offer an array of options to meet the significance of what you are protecting.