Infrax Systems (IFXY) Launches Smart Grid's SPIDer

SPIDer network consists of three options or levels of detection

May 14, 2012

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Infrax Systems, Inc., (OTCBB: IFXY), a global provider of unified Smart Grid-related products and services for the Energy and Utility industries, introduces the SPIDer (Secure Perimeter Intrusion Detection) network to meet the threats of copper theft and malicious attacks to power substations, Generation facilities and critical infrastructure in the Electric Utility Industry. Copper theft, site destruction, and malicious activity are occurring at an alarming rate. Reports from sources including the DOE, (Department of Energy) indicate that costs due to copper theft have grown to a $1 billion concern nationwide. The costs due to the actual theft of the copper is very small compared to the costs to repair the damage to the equipment effected and the cost of restoring substations and critical infrastructure to safe environments. The SPIDer network meets these challenges by providing a multi-level approach to intrusion detection and alarming that is flexible, can be rapidly deployed and configured, and can provide near real time verification of remote threats in a cost effective solution to over 47,000 Substations.

The SPIDer network consists of three options or levels of detection to identify intruders in areas that are secure and restricted. The first level utilizes electronically charged coaxial cables that are attached to chain link fencing. Excessive fence movement such as climbing or cutting the material will set off an alarm indicating that an attempt to breach the security perimeter has occurred. The Level one configuration is a very cost effective means to secure critical infrastructure and meet general system security requirements which may be required by NERC, (North American Electric reliability Corporation) and other regulating bodies.

The second level consists of a visual intrusion monitoring network. This wireless and battery operated network of image sensors communicates to the security center through the cellular network. The network provides 24/7 monitoring and notification via visual and infrared sensors and transmits images through the internet and email to security personnel. Once motion is detected, an alarm is sent to the security team along with a high definition picture that will allow identification of the threat. The industry leading infrared imager provides medium resolution black and white images at night which detect movement up to 100 feet from the sensor. The network can be rapidly deployed and redeployed throughout the security perimeter and sensors can be quickly added or removed from the network.

The third level is a multi-level detection and verification network that uses both level one and level two sensors to rapidly identify a potential threat and provide information for a rapid decision. The level one portion of the network is designed to provide intrusion alarm while the level 2 sensors will provide image verification that the perimeter has been breached. The combination of the two systems provides a high level of security while minimizing false alarms.

The SPIDer network solution addresses the increased activity of unauthorized intrusion, copper theft and site destruction of remote critical infrastructures such as energy substations, generation facilities, remote storage and coal yards. Augment limited security personnel by providing constant surveillance of perimeter fencing and image biased motion detection technologies which provide near real time information to a central location. Offering three levels of security and intrusion detecting, this network is flexible and cost effective for any area that requires a security perimeter.

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About Infrax Systems

Infrax Systems offers a series of interrelated operational management, communications, and grid security related products and services known as Secure Intelligent Energy Platform (SIEP). Our products enable a comprehensive and unified solution for communications and applications management of the Smart Grid. SIEP(TM) incorporates a wide array of communications, security, device and data management tools for Smart Grid applications such as advanced metering solutions and grid optimization. SIEP platform creates a unified solution to securely manage Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation. Infrax's secure smart grid platform, incorporates a communications transport and management system, (Grid Mesh(TM)) , device and data security management, and ultimately secures intelligent endpoint devices (SIED). The secure management of the "last mile" backhaul will be necessary for utilities to implement Smart Grid applications including AMI, real-time pricing, Demand Side Management (DSM), Distribution Monitoring and Automation. When combined, these applications can offer economic, operational and environmental benefits for utilities, and ultimately the utility's customers.

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