Choosing an outdoor perimeter security system is an important task. There are a lot of factors that come into play. There are many conditions that can affect the operation of outdoor perimeter security systems.  The impacts can be both positive and negative. 

In addition to that, these factors also determine the type of security system that needs to be installed.  Let’s begin by understanding the major types of security systems.

Types of outdoor perimeter security systems.

Depending on the methods of installation there are four major types of outdoor perimeter security systems. Keep in mind that the system also varies with the type of sensor and working principle it uses. 

Ground-based, above or below the ground 


Wall or fence mount 

Rapidly deployed

What system should be used in a specific environment?

Sunlight exposure, wind speed, rainfall, fog, snowfall, and freezing temperatures are some of the conditions that can impact the operations of an outdoor perimeter security system.  Careful and meticulous analysis of all of these factors determines what type of system should be deployed. 

Factors to keep in mind and their impacts

In addition to the environmental factors, some other conditions also need to be considered. Some of the determinants of installation are:

Mounting areas and soil medium 

In the case of an underground security system, ground surface conditions and burial medium are significant. They can impact the working of the system. Thus, keep an eye on the compatibility of the system with the installation and soil medium. 

Types of landforms 

An undulating surface, mountain, hill, roads, and fence fall under this category. They affect the working of the security system, for instance, a physical hurdle will not allow the signals to pass. Moreover, these typographies also give shelter space for the intruders to hide at night time. Effective lighting along with the security systems can overcome this problem.

Lighting type 

Lighting posts and mounts are the most important factors for efficient perimeter security. The compatibility and integration of lighting with the security systems should be well-kept in mind. Lights with high levels of compatibility and flexibility are among the primary preferences. The best lighting solution is where it is mounted directly on the fence.

CAST Perimeter Lighting offers such lighting solutions. We bring low-voltage, low-cost perimeter lighting to help keep your perimeters secure. Moreover, all of our products are compatible and easily integrate with all types of perimeter and fence security systems. 

Size of the area

Larger areas require more surveillance and security than smaller ones and more effective lighting. Thus, one type of security system is insufficient. It requires a combination approach by including the use of CCTV and perimeter lights. 

Mounting of the equipment 

Installation of the equipment such as sensors, processors, and junctions is another crucial factor. The place of installation along with the type of outdoor perimeter security system should be predetermined.

Future expansion plans 

Lastly, future expansion plans also play an important part in the deployment decision. Permanent installation especially below the ground can hinder the future expansion plan.  Moreover, they will be an extra cost for removing and reinstalling the system.  


In short, several external factors impact the deployment of the outdoor perimeter security system. A thorough analysis of the site, factors, climate, and weather helps determine and deploy the right type of system. Effective perimeter lighting like CAST  Perimeter Lighting will be your best companion in this journey. Because, if it’s not lit, it’s not secure.