Perimeter Security – Part 2 of 5

Experts discuss perimeter security technology

The online panel: Lennart Alexandrie (moderator), Kenneth Nyström, Securify, Mark Cosgrave, Optex, Sonny Hardarsson, Axis, Erik Nord, Genetec and Robert Jansson, Stid.

The online panel: Lennart Alexandrie (moderator), Kenneth Nyström, Securify, Mark Cosgrave, Optex, Sonny Hardarsson, Axis, Erik Nord, Genetec and Robert Jansson, Stid.

In a recent video panel discussion, organised by, a highly experienced panel of participants shared their insights regarding the current state and the future of perimeter surveillance.

By Lennart Alexandrie

The participants in the panel discussion were all representing companies with a strong connection to perimeter surveillance.

  • Mark Cosgrave, Divisional Director of Optex Security EMEA.
  • Sonny Hardarsson, Sales Engineer at Axis Communications.
  • Robert Jansson, Director of Sales for Nordics, Eastern Europe and South Africa at Stid Security.
  • Erik Nord, Business Development Manager at Genetec.
  • Kenneth Nyström, CEO of the system distributor Securify, specialised in perimeter surveillance.

Here follows a short summary of the panel discussion, that was moderated by Detektor´s Editor-inchief Lennart Alexandrie.

Commercial applications

Historically, this field of security is most associated with critical infrastructure, but demand the demand is also rising in commercial areas, which which was the main focus of discussion.

“Retail is maybe not the first vertical you come to think of when discussing perimeter solutions, but the increase in online shopping has rapidly put more pressure on the logistical hubs, and the security for those,” stated Kenneth Nyström, CEO of Securify, a system distributor, specialised in perimeter surveillance.

An important remark was also made on the changing modus operandi of the criminals, warranting the need for more advanced perimeter solutions.

“Every now and then, there are smash and grab incidents involving large vehicles enforcing the walls and barriers. It’s over in a couple of minutes, driving the need for new approaches to mitigate this”, stated Kenneth Nyström and pointing to the need for very early detection.

“I call it beyond the defence line” he said.

Nuisance Alarms

The problem of nuisance alarms in security systems for high-security industrial applications is a critical issue that was also discussed. This can lead to unnecessary disruptions, wasted resources, and even compromise of the security system itself. Nuisance alarms seem to be more related to how installations are conducted than a technology problem. But how should an enduser know which supplier to choose when looking for an advanced perimeter surveillance solution that detects intrusions and ignores natural changes in the perimeter?

“There is nothing wrong with asking questions! Be a bit of a sleuth, be like Sherlock Holmes” was the recommendation to end-users, put forward by Mark Cosgrave from Optex.

The industry panelists were also agreeing that all players in the delivery chain probably could step up their efforts; end-users included.

Erik Nord from Genetec was further stressing the importance of consultants, but also the role of certifications and the partner-network managed by the leading security brands. Among the panelists there was also a consensus concerning the importance of continuous training among installers.

Different technologies

Perimeter surveillance has always been a tough task for the security industry, but the panelists pointed to numerous technological developments that have served to develop perimeter protection in past years. An example is Lidar technology, which uses laser light to measure distances.

“By installing Lidar sensors along a perimeter, the technology can detect any objects or people that cross it and create a detailed 3D map of the surroundings”, said Mark Cosgrave.

Additionally, radar technology – also used for object detection – can operate in adverse weather conditions and can detect threats at a longer range compared to other technologies.

“The combination of object detection technologies, for example radar, cameras and analytics, offer value in a broad range of use cases and applications,” said Sonny Hardarsson from Axis Communications.

It also became clear that improvements in user experience and usability is findings its way into the perimeter surveillance mix.

“It has become a lot easier to set up analytics for the basic demands, fence-line detection for example. It is virtually effortless to set up today”, said Erik Nord from Genetec.

Access control perspective

Robert Jansson, representing the access control dimension of perimeter protection, was asked to point out the advancements being made in his area of expertise.

“Two-factor authentication is coming to vehicles now. Licenseplate recognition is a cost-efficient and convenient method, that could be combined – depending on the hour – with optical authentication as well as with encrypted UHF tokens, said Robert Jansson who also lifted the need to secure the identity of the driver.

“Who is driving the car? Twofactor authentication is coming to the driver-side of the vehicle now. And it is coming in a convenient way, meaning that the driver doesn’t have to leave the seat. This has exploded over the past two years.

Cloud-Based perimeter security systems

It is often reported that moving perimeter security systems to the cloud can offer numerous benefits, including increased scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness.

However, there are also risks associated with moving physical security systems to the cloud. One such significant risk is the potential for service outages or disruptions, which can leave organisations vulnerable to security breaches during periods when the cloud-based system is unavailable. Additionally, there is a regulatory risk – especially with the updated and various data protection acts coming into force in recent years.

Given the tailored solutions often required for perimeter surveillance, it is difficult to work with a standard solution, according to Kenneth Nyström.

“There are no silver bullets” he stated clearly and stated that “not every end-user is prepared to send data to the cloud”.

Note: This editorial article has primarily been produced for the security trade magazine Detektor in collaboration with

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