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Successful performance under Special Forces attack trials have made the PowerFence™ system a proven perimeter solution in the Defence Industry.

PowerFence from Gallagher Security Management Systems meets the highly specialised needs of the Defence industry.  The fence is reliable, has a strong deterrent and is extremely cost effective.

During times of international turmoil the PowerFence system was used to increase security at military sites.


Departments of Defence play a vital role in defending nations and in securing international peace.  They allow countries to maintain their independence, sovereignty, interests and values.

Departments of Defence operate on a range of sites including navy docks, submarine bases, missile sites, communication and radar centres, air force bases and army bases.  These sites contain high value equipment, ammunition, vehicles, and general supplies.  Security is crucial to eliminate losses and prevent exposure of the general public to often life threatening risks.

Due to the role Departments of Defence play in international security, they are often the subjects of attack and acts of terrorism.

The United States' Department of Defence is dramatically increasing force protection measures following attacks on the force such as:

  • Bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City
  • Terrorist bombing at Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Bombing of the U.S.A. Navy ship Cole in the Yemeni port city of Aden.

"Our entire military is spending much more time, energy and money on force protection now." comments Kevin Bacon, Pentagon Spokesperson, USA.

In response to growing attacks by fundamentalist groups, the U.S.A. Department of Defence is re-examining their security requirements and how they can be improved.  Following the terrorist attack on the U.S.A. navy ship Cole, Bacon observed that "Security is sort of like health, you can always be healthier.  No matter how secure you are, you can always be more secure."

PowerFence™ from Gallagher Security Management Systems

A perimeter security system which detects unauthorized entry or exit into defined areas and deters attack on the perimeter fence is required by military organisations to secure them from attack, terrorism, vandalism and theft.  The system must be highly reliable, difficult to bypass and not generate false alarms, even in adverse conditions.

PowerFence™ from Gallagher Security Management Systems provides a perimeter fencing solution for military institutes which:

  • Deters attack, through sending a regulated electric pulse around the fence.  These pulses give a short, but safe shock, making it almost impossible to climb the fence
  • Intelligently detects attack, differentiating between serious breaches of the fence and disturbances caused by wildlife, birds or weather conditions
  • Does not generate false alarms and is unaffected by the environment in which it operates
  • Meets stringent safety criteria
  • Is easy to maintain.  Gallagher Security Management Systems can provide a maintenance agreement ensuring the fence is operating in peak condition
  • Is cost effective
  • Can be integrated with other security technologies.

Security levels can be dramatically improved by fitting a PowerFence™ system, either as a standalone system or to existing fences.  The PowerFence™ system is reliable, has a strong deterrent and is extremely cost effective through dramatically reducing the number of guards required, freeing up valuable resources.

Proven and effective

PowerFence™ systems have been extremely efficient in securing the perimeter of military bases.  Successful field trials were carried out by Government Departments. The fence performed successfully under their stringent testing, validating the PowerFence™ concept for military sites.

PowerFence™ systems were added to existing security measures to provide an effective and reliable perimeter security solution.

The PowerFence™ system has also been used to secure:

  • Sensitive Government sites
  • Airforce bases in India
  • Military bases in South Africa
  • U.S.A. embassies in hostile environments
  • Strategic installations such as British gas, U.K National Grid and correctional facilities internationally.


PowerFence™ systems from Gallagher Security Management Systems can be specifically configured for individual military installations.  Wires on the fence are monitored with the electrical pulses that are sent around the system.  The fence can be zoned both horizontally and vertically which enables the detection of people attempting to climb over or through the fence.  When a fence zone is attacked, the alarm will activate for that zone, allowing guards to immediately focus their attention on the section of the fence being attacked.

The construction of this fence is rugged, yet simple to maintain and repair.

Unaffected by the environment

The system has shown tremendous success in harsh weather conditions.  The system is unaffected by wind, heavy snow, rain, sleet, fog and birds. Adverse environmental conditions do not trigger nuisance alarms.

In white-out situations it is difficult to monitor traditional barb wire or chain mesh fences with guards or cameras, due to the reduced visibility.  With the PowerFence™ system, terrorists or attackers are not able to use the cover of adverse weather to attack the fence undetected.

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