“Keeping the lights on” takes new meaning in the wake of advancing technology; energy is not only a source of light and heat but has also become something upon which we are dependent for business, communication, entertainment, travel, and more. As a result, utility companies are now inadvertently tasked with maintaining our connection to the digital world – a critical responsibility.
For example – in the case of severe weather, many electric customers prepare by charging their phones/electronic devices in anticipation of losing power. However, what about the potential threats those customers – and more importantly, the utilities – cannot predict?
In the early 2000s, a study from the Edison Electric Institute stated that animals were the second most prominent cause of power outages in the United States and Canada. Small animals gravitate toward substations for warmth and perceived safety, but often times when in and amongst the substation equipment, they can trip a breaker knocking out power. It was clear to VANQUISH that we needed to ask the industry if it was time to rethink the way it viewed the perimeter fencing at substations.
VANQUISH Fencing began with this single purpose; to address the need to reduce power outages caused by animals. The heart of our mission is to provide a proven defense system that prevents animals from penetrating, manipulating, or climbing the fence. Our animal deterrent fencing systems are designed to limit uncontrolled access to substations thereby preventing unnecessary interference with electrical equipment and the potential for power outages. These deterrent systems also create an environment that is both safe and secure for people and equipment. They’re intimidating to intruders while adding to the overall appearance and protection of the secured area.
Today, VANQUISH combines the strength of this PATENTED deterrent system with the technology of non-conductive materials, resulting in a physical barrier that does not conduct electricity or allow induced voltage. The entire system is designed to be flexible, efficient, and customizable for use not only in substations, but also for rail lines, power plants, schools, corporate facilities, manufacturing plants, airports, and prisons.
VANQUISH considers aligning the threat to an area with the appropriate solution while avoiding the tendency to either overspend or implement a solution that comes with a recurring operation and maintenance cost that may not realistically be sustainable.
Regardless of what is claimed by so-called experts, we believe, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the problem; therefore, VANQUISH’s team offers an array of options to meet the significance of what needs protecting.
Our animal deterrent fencing systems, when used in conjunction with motion detectors or video surveillance tools, the three D’s of security, deter, delay, and detect are employed.
Whether protecting against animals, vandals, or terrorists – in most cases, the installed VANQUISH Systems can pay for themselves with one prevented breach.
Most importantly though, it is the utility companies and their customers that can most directly benefit from the use of our VANQUISH systems. Depending on the extent of the outage, the timeframe in which power is restored can vary – while some customers have backup generators to provide auxiliary power in the meantime, most customers are merely left without power when outages occur. By taking a proactive approach to eliminating the risk of animal-caused damage, electric utilities can reduce the number of potential outages that could affect thousands of customers.
VANQUISH’s Systems are Always On Guard protecting equipment and safeguarding our client’s assets from power outages that may result in lost resources/income, but also to aid clients in providing their customers with protected, reliable power.
We believe there is no one-size-fits-all solution to any problem – especially when it comes to restricted access to a protected area inside the perimeter fence line.