Physical Security

Terna has established new surveillance and protection systems that are in line with their importance to the functioning of the electrical system and suited to the number and type of actual or potential threats they are designed to face. With this goal, and for the first time in Italy, Terna has adopted risk assessment methodology for each of the stations concerned in order to analyse the related physical risk – concerning both actual and potential attacks – and electrical risk.
Based on the “role” that each system plays in the functioning of the national electrical system, determined by assigning a risk index to each station based on their respective critical importance, a long-term action plan has been developed. In 2010, the programme that had been started-up in 2009 was continued, aiming to protect the entire electrical asset, comprising more than 400 stations, by means of the use of technology calibrated on the real electrical and environmental risk. During the year, a further 20 anti break-in systems were developed.