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Smarter Security to Present on Copper Theft Solutions at 2012 IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference

Supplier of Outdoor Security Solutions Leverages Extensive Electric Utility Experience to Advise Power Professionals on Security Measures
Austin, Texas – May 7, 2012

Smarter Security, Inc., provider of premium, innovative entrance control and outdoor security solutions, will present on high-ROI security solutions for electric utilities during a session at this week’s IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference. Cyber security and physical security within the power and energy industry are among the key topics to be addressed during the international conference. Smarter Security also is exhibiting at the event in booth no. 2653.

Copper theft has plagued the electric utility industry in recent years as copper prices have continued to climb. Moreover, some utilities have faced steep assessments due to violations of North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) standards which are enforced to ensure reliable bulk power throughout the continent. Federal fines for non-compliance with NERC CIP standards, damage to and theft of utility assets, electric service interruptions, and injuries and deaths resulting from copper theft, vandalism, and other intrusions have brought security concerns to the forefront of electric utility management concerns.

David Curtiss, Director of Technology for Smarter Security, will lead a session at IEEE PES T&D entitled “Prevent Copper Wire Theft and Stop the Break-ins.” In the session, happening Wednesday May 7 at 9:30am, Curtiss will discuss the need for utilities to utilize a layered approach to physical security and explain the technology and advantages of SmarterFence™, a fiber optic perimeter intrusion detection system, and SmarterBeam™, a passive infrared motion detector offered by Smarter Security. 

“Smarter Security has a successful track record working with electric utilities to secure their substations and storage yards,” said Curtiss. “In fact, one of our largest SmarterFence customers just caught a potential intruder recently with the help of our system. Copper theft cost utilities more than $300 million in 2010, and the problem continues to persist across the power and energy industry since copper prices are even higher today. The strong financial return that utilities can experience with highly reliable and cost-effective perimeter security products like SmarterFence provides a compelling reason for using such solutions to address their overall physical security needs.”

The IEEE PES T&D conference is happening in Orlando from May 7-10 at the Orange County Convention Center. For registration and to learn more about the conference visit www.ieeet-d.org. Smarter Security will have demonstrations of SmarterFence and SmarterBeam in booth no. 2653.

About Smarter Security, Inc.

Smarter Security provides premium and innovative entrance control and outdoor security solutions to help organizations protect their people and assets in a world of ever-present threats. Since 1992, Smarter Security has offered Fastlane turnstiles, the most elegant and intelligent optical turnstiles available, which protect thousands of commercial and governmental lobbies on six continents. Smarter Security also offers perimeter intrusion detection systems, including SmarterFence, a fiber optic fence-mounted sensor. For more information, please visit www.smartersecurity.com.