UPDATES: The recent incident of intentional vandalism at several Duke Energy sub stations in Moore County, North Carolina leading to the loss of power for over 40,000 county residents, highlights the vulnerabilities that substations face from vandals, thieves and terrorism.
At least five electricity substation attacks in Washington and Oregon in November were reported to the FBI, according to local media. Utility companies Puget Sound Energy, the Cowlitz County Public Utility District, and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) told the Seattle Times they were cooperating with a federal investigation, though the FBI declined to confirm it was investigating the attacks.
In South Carolina an individual opened fire near a Duke Energy facility at Wateree Hydro Station in Ridgeway, South Carolina, on Wednesday, CBS News has learned.
A Fortune 500 energy company was seeking an audio solution for remote monitoring of perimeter security at sub-station locations throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Louroe Electronics’ TLO-A provided such a solution, allowing an operator at a regional surveillance hub, who once altered to unauthorized motion detection, to then point the camera in that direction and utilize the TLO-A to either communicate warnings to the intruder live or with a pre-recorded message while authorities were notified.
Louroe was able to work closely with a key regional integrator and distributor to supply the VeriFact TLO-A to the energy company which then was able to install the products in over 100 regional locations for their remote monitoring needs.
The VeriFact TLO-A is intended for outdoor or indoor large coverage applications, providing both listen and talk-back capabilities eliminating the need for a mid-span audio amplifier or interface device.
The omni-directional microphone picks up audio within a 30-foot diameter of the device and yields exceptional line-level audio output and can be seamlessly integrated with other audio receiving devices such as NVRs, IP Network Cameras, and Video Servers.