The Marriage of Smart Fences and the Internet of Things

Smart fencing has come about due to the close relationship between traditional perimeter fencing and the ubiquity of low cost and small sized IoT sensors. It is the miniaturization, power efficiency and cost reduction of electronic microprocessors, sensors and wireless technology that has enabled the marriage of perimeter security and the Internet of Things to flourish in recent years.

Indeed it is now possible to build a secure perimeter boundary that is highly armored with motion and vibration sensors as well as cameras that can detect infra-red so that they can see in the dark. What is more the fence can be built traditionally with barbed wire overhangs to prevent someone climbing the fence.

Of course not everyone wants such an imposing fence as the objective may be to keep people out rather than lock them in. But whatever the case most smart fences will have high-performance microprocessors embedded with technologically advanced software and state of the art wireless communications to ensure that they fulfill their task.

In business and industry, Smart Fencing can be seen as an attractive and cost effective solutionto addressing the problem of containing animals in a zoo or prisoners in a jail.Indeed smart fences are often thought of as instruments to prevent escape but they are more usefully deployed in keeping the public away from dangerous or valuable remote assets, such as, electricity pylons, mobile telecom masts, or water and sewerage systems.

Away from business usage there is the need for celebrities to defend their privacy by installing smart fences as this is deemed to provide a sense of security that a traditional fence cannot provide. Of course defending the perimeter of your property with a smart fence makes sense if you are sensitive to intrusions on your privacy.  If that is the case then you should take into consideration that the cost and maintenance of a smart fence may well be negligible when it compares to the peace of mind and privacy that it provides.

On the other hand, building smart fences and high security barriers can have a detrimental effect on your perception of your personal security and make you even more insecure. Therefore it is essential to talk through with the supplier’s designers why you want a security fence and how they can best deploy it to meet your security or privacy needs.

Another issue in deploying a smart fence especially in areas like Ontario that have very diverse and often extreme climatic conditions is how it will stand up to the weather. In Toronto for example you may well want to go for a solution that uses solar power as Toronto is in a grid parity province, and this makes running on solar power cheaper than the residential utility rates. If that is the case then utilizing solar renewable energy may not reduce the initial cost of installation of a smart fence that protects your home or business but it will greatly reduce the maintenance effort and costs of running the security fence.