Fiber Optic Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS): Trends, Myths and Realities Revealed

Fiber Optic Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS): Trends, Myths and Realities Revealed

April 09, 2019, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Sands 302

The application of fiber optic sensors has revolutionized the perimeter intrusion detection (PIDS) market with ever improving performance in sensitivity and event localization capabilities. The last decade has seen an increasing range of fiber optic based PIDS systems in the physical security market with many thousands of installations now installed around the globe. These physical security systems seek to optimize the high intrinsic sensitivities and other technical and cost benefits offered by fiber sensors, especially when compared to their copper cable counterparts. The path to technical and commercial success however is not trivial, as their deployment in real-world applications brings with it several challenges. Review and compare the different types of fiber sensing technologies available for commercial PIDS systems, and how to select the appropriate underlying technology and product for a given application. Summarize performance challenges of real-world deployments and how advanced signal processing can be used to overcome them, with real-life examples of minimizing nuisance alarms while maximizing probability of detection.

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of fiber optic perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) and their applications.
2. Select the appropriate fiber sensing technology and product when specifying a PIDS system.
3. Assess the true performance of a PIDS system.


  • Jim Katsifolis



    Technology Division at Ava Risk Group

    Dr. Jim Katsifolis is the CTO - Technology Division at Ava Risk Group and is an accomplished R&D leader with 15 years’ experience leading and...


  1. Track
    End-User Physical Security Track

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