Brian Sims

Bandweaver’s Horizon delivers “game-changing” PIDS capability

BANDWEAVER TECHNOLOGIES has released the latest iteration of its popular Horizon controller, providing a single cable solution capable of simultaneous above and below ground detection.

Horizon is a Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) solution which forms a key part of Bandweaver’s fibre optic perimeter monitoring and intrusion detection portfolio. A new version of the solution has now been launched which the company feels is set to be a “game-changer” for the industry.

The Horizon DAS system can now operate in fence/wall-mounted and buried scenarios using the same channel. This means there’s no need to purchase multiple units or run separate cables to cover each application, in turn enabling “large” cost savings.

The full launch takes place in September when Bandweaver will deliver a webinar to highlight the benefits of the solution to a live virtual audience.

This latest innovation has been developed to meet a market-driven demand for value-engineered solutions alongside the need to reduce the cost of infrastructure and speed up deployment. With an ongoing commitment to providing solutions that satisfy the current and future needs of its customer base, Bandweaver has worked alongside many of its key partners to ensure the solution delivers on both functionality and cost.

Combined functionality

This combined mounted and buried functionality is particularly beneficial for those sites where there’s a need to maximise the effectiveness of current infrastructure, while at the same time improving redundancy and resilience.

Without any modification required in the field, Bandweaver’s Horizon controller can easily meet these requirements, offering complete coverage along the entire length of one cable, regardless of the environment or terrain.

As stated, the combination of both above and below ground detection means that the solution can now monitor buried cables and wall/fence-mounted cables simultaneously along the same length of fibre optic cable.

The Horizon controller is already deployed on numerous sites around the world to offer high performance intrusion detection. It’s simple to install and offers high rates of detection alongside minimal nuisance alarms. The controller can operate as a two-channel system capable of simultaneously and continuously monitoring two 50 km fibre optic sensing cables. This capability provides coverage up to 100 km or offers cut resilience when installed in a loop configuration.

The system can also be used alongside Bandweaver’s  software platform designated MaxView, providing end users with complete visibility of their system at all times. Bandweaver’s extensive library of event classification assures that a wide variety of events can be detected and responded to before any loss or damage occurs.

With intelligent zone configuration, end users are able to configure and customise sections of their perimeter according to their needs. Used in conjunction with Bandweaver’s MaxView software, Horizon offers an holistic view of a given site at all times, increasing operators’ confidence in the accuracy and reliability of the solution.

Typical applications

There are numerous applications for the Horizon controller, particularly so in those sectors with diverse environments such as the oil and gas industry, the utilities sector and at borders.

For such applications, operators can monitor both the physical perimeter and the ground immediately inside, offering a dual sensing solution.

The latest update is also useful for power station applications when the terrain and environment changes along the perimeter both within the site and on adjoining plots of land. This maximises the use of the cable and reduces infrastructure expenditure.

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Company Info

Bandweaver Technologies

Unit 22 Clasford Farm Stables
Aldershot Rd
Wood Street Village

020 3287 4416

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