Magos Systems highlights benefits of radar for solar farms


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Magos Systems claims that recent attacks on power grids worldwide have highlighted the complexities of protecting critical infrastructure assets.

With cybersecurity threats, vandalism and theft of valuable physical assets like copper and cables, security professionals are faced with significant security challenges and solar farms face even more challenges.

According to the company, solar farms are unlike any other electricity-generating facility. While power plants and substations are often located in contained spaces, inside a building or fenced area, they are often vast in size and in remote locations.

Traditional security technologies, like video surveillance systems and fences, can prove costly while a few radar sensors can provide a cost effective and reliable solution.

The steady growth of the solar farm industry has increased awareness of the need to secure solar farms. Consequently, many solar farms are now looking to invest in radar detection technology to improve perimeter security, Magos says.

“The main challenge solar farms face is lack of existing infrastructure, which is why radar detection technology is an ideal solution because it requires less power and bandwidth consumption,” explained Yaron Zussman, General Manager, Magos Americas.

“Radar technology also detects and tracks of potential threats before they reach the fence line, enabling security operators to take proactive steps.”

Magos Systems’ radar technology enables solar farms to deploy a reliable yet cost-effective solution that can effectively monitor large and remote areas. Unlike other security solutions, Magos radars have minimal infrastructure and maintenance requirements and integrate seamlessly with a wide range of security systems, including VMS, PSIM, access control etc.

By offering radar models in different ranges, Magos can provide a solution for “gap filling” and tight coverage in areas where larger range models cannot be used. For example, solar farms with many “corridors” and corners would suffer from blind spots since the panels would obstruct the long range radar’s “view” of the perimeter.

Since placing multiple long range radars is not a cost-effective solution in this case, the short range models are used to eliminate dead-zones thereby keeping the entire solution very cost-efficient.

Magos says that its radars combine MASS software and advanced AI algorithms, to provide video-based object classification, including people, vehicles and boats. Known as MASS+AI, it can also filter out irrelevant alerts caused by wildlife and fauna that often surround solar farm sites without compromising threat detection.

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