FFT Report Demonstrates Global Spending on Perimeter Security Continues to Increase

Research commissioned by Future Fibre Technologies (FFT), a designer and manufacturer of world-leading fibre-optic intrusion detection technologies, shows that global spending on perimeter security is continuing to increase, in an effort to combat increasing threats to security.

Global factors including increased threat of terrorism, consequently higher insurance premiums, increasing international travel, technological innovation, and increased infrastructure spending is fuelling the increase, which is predicted to reach more than $4.5 billion in 2010.

In 2008 international tourist arrivals globally reached a staggering 924 million, up 16 million from 2007. Euromonitor’s 2008 global trends report indicates that 1.6 billion individuals will travel internationally every year, by 2020.

This increased international travel has directly impacted airports, increasing the necessity for strict security. ‘The globalisation of business, trade and travel is substantially increasing the numbers of people flowing through airports…increasing the need for these infrastructures to be secured.’

FFT undertook extensive research, which is included in its Boundaries of Security – Global Trends in Perimeter Security report, to provide security consultants, managers and specialists with invaluable insight into the fast-paced world of perimeter protection.

The report takes a balanced look at the security industry, and is a revealing, must-have resource for all security consultants and industry professionals. It describes a wide range of perimeter intrusion detection technologies and explains their fundamental operating principles, typical applications, and the strengths and vulnerabilities of each.

Detailing security industry trends and case studies, along with best practice recommendations and discussions for infrastructure and high-value asset protection, it also includes white papers from FFT’s chief technology officer, Dr Jim Katsifolis. It is essential reading for those wanting to know more about alarm recognition and discrimination for fibre-optic intrusion detection systems.

According to Alec Owen, international client manager at FFT, the technological advances which were previously primarily confined to the military and aerospace industries are now emerging in the latest-generation intrusion detection systems.

“Techniques such as intelligent learning algorithms, neural networks and advanced multi-parameter signal processing are being employed to dramatically improve the recognition of real intrusion events versus nuisance alarms,” Mr Owen says.

“We produced the Boundaries of Security to give our customers and industry partners an edge in understanding the technology,” he said. “The pace of these technological advances can make it challenging to stay abreast of the latest developments and we believe this report can help with that.”

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