Util-Assist’s John McClean is speaking at a T&D World webinar sponsored by Systems with Intelligence on a multi-layered approach to physically secure remote substations. Substation break-ins have become a growing concern for utilities as sky-high copper prices continue to fuel thefts, causing power outages, triggering costly repairs and risking serious injuries. Traditional security cameras are a great start to protecting facilities, but an unmonitored camera can only record an incident, not prevent it. The webinar will detail how an AI-enabled technology solution specifically designed for utilities can protect your most valuable physical assets.

The first line of defense is a monitoring system to detect threats before they reach the site. It is not very cost-effective to have guards performing this function and, human guard monitoring can often miss things due to overload, tiredness, and too many views to monitor. Using artificial intelligence to perform the monitoring is cost efficient and more reliable. Once the threat is detected, a professional monitoring service, like Util-Assist’s SecureAssist service, ensures that all the alarms are acknowledged and follow a site-specific action plan to minimize the dangers to the public, employees, and infrastructure. SecureAssist agents confirm the alarm, establish two-way communication with the site and can escalate to local first responders.

Mr. McClean brings a wealth of first-hand experience with substation security. Currently a director of business development at Util-Assist, John is the former Vice-President of Centralized Operations Services for Alectra Utilities with 35 years of experience in electric utility operations, generation, transmission, and distribution, and responsible for overseeing substation security.

The one-hour event starts at 11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 27, 2023. Click here to register. If you are not able to attend, you can register to receive the on-demand viewing link following the broadcast.

About Systems With Intelligence

Systems With Intelligence Inc. is a global provider of TouchlessTM monitoring solutions for electric utility applications. SWI systems collect and analyze the data that allows utilities to increase safety and reliability while reducing operating costs. Coupling thermal monitoring and visual imaging technology with advanced analytic algorithms, Systems With Intelligence solutions automate remote site monitoring. Systems With Intelligence products are engineered to operate in the harshest environments, withstand high levels of electromagnetic interference, static discharge and voltage surges found in industrial applications to ensure uninterrupted operation, providing a monitoring system that operates reliably and connects seamlessly allows customers to remain focused on their operations.

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