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What are the security risks faced by solar farms and how to protect these facilities?

solar farm with Magos Radars

Radars and drones are the ideal solutions for securing installations

Solar farms are playing a crucial role in Brazil's transition to renewable energy. Companies across the country are using properties with thousands of kilometers to install panels and generate dozens of megawatts of energy, and the trend is for the modality to increase even more in the coming years.

Solar farms are critical infrastructure installations and are prone to theft, invasions, vandalism, and even terrorist attacks, so efficient perimeter security solutions are necessary to protect both assets and employees from potential threats.

"Photovoltaic power plants are isolated and extensive installations, often located in rural areas, that can easily be targeted by criminals. The theft of cables, panels, and inverters has been growing in Brazil, along with the damages and vandalism caused by intruders that can cost thousands of reais for the owners, and the trend is for this type of occurrence to grow, so security managers need to start protecting themselves now," explained Hen Harel, CEO of Ôguen.

One of the solutions used by Ôguen – a Brazilian company distributing Israeli innovative technologies – for the protection of energy installations is the Magos Radars, an advanced civil sensor for the perimeter security of large areas. The equipment continuously covers the monitored area, alerting the monitoring center in advance about any intruder approaching the installation.

With a high reach capacity, being able to monitor up to 600,000 m² with just one device, the Magos radars have become the best cost-benefit solution per m² on the security market, dramatically reducing the number of cameras and sensors necessary for protecting the area.

"The radars are capable of detecting and classifying targets such as humans, vehicles, bicycles, and animals up to one kilometer from the perimeter, and with the MASS-AI software, operators can manage monitoring easily, knowing they will receive alerts about attempted invasions, create alarm zones and differential treatments, and discard alerts generated by animals with artificial intelligence," said Hen.

Automated drones are also used by Ôguen for aerial monitoring, perimeter patrols, critical missions, inspections, and other applications. With options for tethered aircraft (with 24-hour autonomy), free flight, and hybrid options, the drones can meet the unique needs of each installation and reach areas that watchmen and other solutions cannot.

"Aircraft can bring a strategic aerial view of the plant to the operator. It is possible to monitor dense vegetation areas, wet areas, steep areas, and regions that were often uncovered and became the vulnerable point. The equipment can also be used as a rapid response, arriving at the site much before the ground team and quickly bringing situational awareness of the event. By embarking a speaker on the drone, for example, it is possible to use it to intimidate criminals by informing them that security has detected their presence and that the authorities have been called. Strategies like this make criminals abandon their criminal action," explained Kleber Reis, commercial and operations director at Ôguen.

To learn more about how the radars and drones provided by Ôguen work, visit: or contact (11) 9 93389-8133.

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