Border Control

PrismaShield, Prisma’s next generation smart solution for border surveillance, uses its patented Hyper Scan Fiber Sensing™ technology enabling ultra-sensitive and intelligent-learning detection to provide real-time intelligence and uniquely reliable monitoring capabilities.

The solution lowers deployment costs by using standard, pre-deployed fiber-optic cables (including cables that were installed within a conduit). These fiber-optic cables, which are part of most modern infrastructures, operate as the system’s “sensors” and enable PrismaShield to monitor and detect the border at remote locations, providing surveillance and real-time threat detection for up to 100 km per PrismaShield unit or 200 km per dual-unit.


PrismaShield strengthens security and provides alerts regarding border infiltration in real time. It identifies the acoustic signature of each event at or near the border, at a resolution that allows classification of the events and identification of their precise locations – with unprecedented accuracy – as it dramatically reduces the “noise” of false positive and negative alarms.


Within a distance from the border that you pre-define, PrismaShield allows smarter, faster border management and prevents criminal or malicious activity by flagging for classification a range of events that can include:

  • Pedestrians near the border

  • Pedestrians crossing the border or smuggling items across the border

  • Vehicles (light or heavy) operating near the border 

  • Mechanical activities or manual digging near the border

  • Suspicious activities including touching the fence, climbing over a fence, and ladder activity

  • Vandalism such as cutting the fence

  • Drones above the border


Solution Architecture

PrismaShield’s platform is Plug & Play – with zero infrastructure installation, and minimal maintenance. 


The platform provides monitoring for up to 100 km per PrismaShield unit or 200 km per dual-unit. The unit is connected to the Command & Control (C&C) unit in the customer’s operating center. 

The PrismaShield unit attaches directly to the customer’s fiber-optic cable with a simplex SC/APC connector, which connects to a single fiber in the patch panel – ensuring access to a single fiber only, i.e., not compromising the activity or security of any other fibers in the cable. An Internet connection (LAN or WiFi) is required to transmit the monitored data to a C&C unit. 

Scaling up involves use of multiple PrismaShield units, each of which provides coverage for up to 100 km. Each unit is located in a communication room. All of the units combined require a single C&C unit in the customer’s operating center.


There is no need for discrete sensors. Upgrades are software based; no hardware upgrades are required.


Key Features & Benefits

Systems involving thousands of sensors along the border are expensive for deployment, operation, and maintenance. The alternative is fiber sensing - using very long fibers as sensors - which is probably the most cost-effective solution. But before PrismaShield, existing solutions were ineffective due to high false alarm rates, poor target classification, and limited ability to use pre-deployed optical communication cables as "sensors".  


PrismaShield solves all of all these issues thanks to its revolutionary Hyper-Scan technology, which offers 100x sensitivity improvement over alternative systems.


PrismaShield has raw data of unparalleled quality. We apply Big Data techniques to data sets that are several orders of magnitude wider, with significantly higher SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) levels – leading to very high detection probability and advanced target classification. 


Upgrades to the system are software based and can be installed remotely.

All Information Consolidated in a Single Location & Single Display

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The C&C unit presents the consolidated data of multiple units, with a real-time map and detection table that displays the following information:

  • Detection of events

  • Classification of events

  • Location of events at a high resolution

  • Identification of multiple, simultaneous events without interference or crosstalk

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