Taut Wire is a high performance physical barrier combined with multiple high quality sensors. Taut wire is considered the most reliable and robust solution for perimeter intrusion detection. Its key advantages are that: it physically prevents intrusions by unauthorized personnel into high security sites; it has no environmental limitations and it delivers a very high and guaranteed Probability of Detection (PD) with minimal False and Nuisance Alarm Rates (FAR / NAR).
The technology of Taut Wire incorporates an array of detectors each connected to a pair of barbed wires with multiple sensors per zone, making it a very redundant system with practically no single point of failure. Taut Wire is a very cost effective solution for wall-mounted applications where there is a moderate number of barbed wires.
The mechanical Taut Wire sensor has a self-adjusting mechanism to compensate for soil movement, temperature changes, etc. It is an extremely robust sensor and unaffected by Electro-Magnetic Interference and Radio Frequency Interference (EMI / RFI), for example near transmission stations and power plants.
Taut Wire is installed in hundreds of sites around the world in many types of climates, demonstrating unparalleled endurance and reliability. In fact, Taut Wire systems have been operating in many sites for more than 20 years without the need for major refurbishment or upgrade.
Taut Wire is an ideal solution for long perimeters with minimal infrastructure (such as borders or remote sites), as well as for harsh climate installations.
Taut Wire is also well suited to high proﬁle CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) such as nuclear facilities, military sites and other sensitive locations like airports, energy utilities and prisons.
Taut Wire consists of multiple twisted barbed wires, typically separated in 9 - 20 cm (3.5 - 8 in.) intervals and stretched along a typical segment of 50 meters (164 ft.).
Taut Wire sensors are mounted on sensor posts located halfway between adjacent anchor posts. An array of tensioned barbed wires is run between the anchor posts, supported and spaced by spirals.
Each sensor is clamped to two adjacent wires. A deﬂection or cutting of a wire causes an alarm. The wires are spaced sufﬁciently close together to make it impossible for an intruder to penetrate them without causing an alarm. For alarm reporting purposes, the sensors in each post are divided into a maximum of six (6) separate alarm groups, which allows isolation of the compromised section of the fence (bottom section, middle section, top section). This capability, when analyzed properly, can distinguish climbing scenarios against other types of intrusions. It will also eliminate nuisance alarms caused by small animals and improve fault isolation.
Taut Wire offers complimentary parts to create a full system. Gates, cross corners and places where obstructions are a challenge, can be addressed through customization.
Communication: 4 wires, multi-drop, proprietary RS-422
Number of SPRUs: Up to 127 on a single cable with maximum 5 Km (3 miles). Max length may expand using repeaters or several cable sections
Number of GPRUs:Unlimited
Power:12 to 30 VDC
Current consumption:SPRU – 1.2 mA, GPRU – 100 mA max
Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
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