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Pipeline protection: Heightened security risks call for specialist solutions

Threats to pipelines are seemingly on the rise. In a report published earlier this year, the U.S Congressional Research Service positioned pipeline protection as a significant factor in ensuring national security, stating: “Ongoing threats against the nation’s natural gas, oil, and refined product pipelines have heightened concerns about the security risks.” With over 2.4 million miles of pipelines running across the country, this is not a situation the US can afford to take lightly. The fuels being transported through these pipes provide a crucial energy source, but they’re also volatile and dangerous materials. If not secured adequately, there could be catastrophic consequences….Oil pipelines are a huge source of revenue for many countries, and are typically underpinned by investment from financial institutions worldwide. However, the frequency of threats may alarm investors and cause them to move to ‘safer’ markets – if they feel commodities can easily become compromised….Clearly, threat prevention is more vital than ever….

Real-time, reliable data is required that covers the entire length of pipelines and provides protection around the clock – such as Distributed Acoustic Sensing technology (DAS). DAS serves as a strategic partner in the fight against terrorism and theft on pipelines, alerting security personnel to the exact location of an incident and enabling a swift resolution of any potential problems. And after an incident, post-acquisition analysis of DAS data can highlight activity associated with scouting missions or reconnaissance. This additional insight shows the value of DAS – not only helping to tighten security monitoring processes, but also providing new, previously impossible, methods to predict and pre-emptively prevent attacks or criminal activity.
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Pipeline protection: Heightened security risks call for specialist solutions
Fotech Solutions Blog November 11, 2019

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