Covering Perimetral Security NeedsWed, 02/21/2018 - 16:44
Among the variety of risk factors that need to be considered in the design of an energy project in Mexico is the need to cover perimeter security to ensure a seamless operation and uninterrupted power output. According to Lloyd de Villamor, Director General of security company Ruybesa, theft can cost an operator dearly. “The copper typically used for wiring in PV solar plants is a highly valued metal,” he says. “Solar modules increasingly have also become a target for theft.” In Europe, he says, theft of solar modules represents €25,000 to €500,000 in losses per year.
Mexico’s burgeoning renewables sector has opened up new opportunities for Ruybesa, a company that can use its experience in the Spanish and Chilean markets, where solar power has been similarly developed. “Thanks to the first and second long-term electricity auctions, there are around 40 PV solar projects under development, which points to the country’s growing market for solar power,” says de Villamor. “Our company can offer service experience from other PV plants we have worked on.”
Ruybesa’s integral solutions include fire alarm and detection systems (FADs), closed-circuit television (CCTV), video surveillance, megaphone systems, electronic access systems (EACs), registration reconnaissance systems and intrusion detection systems (IDS), covering all the facets of facility security and monitoring. “Our portfolio is backed by more than 36 years of experience and international success stories,” de Villamor says.
To offer a flexible solution in terms of Mexico’s varied territories and infrastructure, Ruybesa’s security solutions can be controlled remotely. “After a period of between two to three weeks of the operational launch of our security solution, plant security can be controlled from a centralized command center, separated from the solar parks and electric substations,” he says. Mexico has similar conditions to Chile, he says, and in that market Ruybesa has implemented and is operating its solutions and services successfully. Its success is reinforced by its network of local private security companies, specialized in physical surveillance services, which collaborate with it to coordinate with local authorities.
De Villamor says the company’s superior technology is another aspect that sets it apart from competitors. “Our systems are built around thermal video cameras, which are highly superior and more technologically developed than a conventional camera,” he says. “This technology is also essential for avoiding false alarms, often caused by infiltration by external objects or animals that do not pose an immediate threat to the facilities.”
The integration of Ruybesa’s alarm technology in a solar plant or electric substation provides its clients sizable savings because security protocols only kick in in the event of an actual threat or trespassing, de Villamor says. “Our premier product, the VT system, has a proven 95 percent reduction rate in false alarms.” This centralized control system monitors security, fire and building-related systems, as well as parking lot operations, all from one place.
For the Mexican market, the perimeter security company is looking to provide its services to EPC companies, solar power developers and solar engineering companies that oversee the construction and operation of solar power plants. “Our main objective is for these types of companies to become familiar with our services,” de Villamor says. “We are making a considerable commercial effort in Mexico to become a major player and reliable partner in perimeter security for the burgeoning solar power-plant projects in the country.” He believes that there is a real opportunity in this niche because it has yet to see a generalized practice of including perimeter security solutions in Mexico’s solar parks nationwide. “We want to be a detonating force for this type of service, guaranteeing seamless operation throughout the facility’s lifespan.”