Securing and optimizing the commercial nuclear industry is crucial for ensuring public safety and delivering safe, reliable, clean, and green electricity that powers the grid. ARES Security addresses the strict regulatory requirements of commercial nuclear while leveraging technology already being developed in other commercial and government sectors.
Evaluate, optimize, and improve operations, maintenance, and physical security.
Commercial nuclear power is a highly regulated industry with requirements and precautions in place to assure public safety and prevent the release of radioactive materials. In the area of physical security, the imposed requirements rely on insights gained from subject matter experts (SMEs) rather than fully coupled, quanitifed and repeatable assessment or evaluation.
The ARES AVERT® solutions utilize a 3D Digital Twin to incorporate SME expertise and quantified, verified, and validated (V&V) modeling and simulation technology to review, evaluate, and optimize a facility’s physical security posture and provide an exhaustive evaluation. Data and reports pulled from our AVERT® technology have been used repeatedly to submit commercial nuclear security-based licensing changes (10CFR50.54p) that are approved and accepted by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to provide risk informed justification for security posture changes. AVERT® Physical Security is also the first and currently only available Security Risk Assessment (SRA) solution of its type to receive the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) SAFETY Act accreditation.
ARES has successfully performed physical security posture evaluations, assessments, and optimizations at 66% of the North American commercial nuclear fleet using our AVERT® software. For each project performed, ARES had maintained, or in most cases, improved physical security effectiveness while identifying cost saving improvements on the order of $1-3M/year. These revolutionary capabilities have won our customers various awards including Top Industry Practice (TIP) and WINS Best Practice awards.
The digital twins and exclusive simulations can also be utilized for physical security training and exercises as well as security operations and automation. Commercial nuclear facilities rely upon tabletop exercises (typically board based “games”) and actual full-scale exercises (i.e., Force on Force or FoF) to train and test their physical security posture and large guard forces. Current tabletop exerices tools rely on chance, or the roll of dice, to determine the outcomes, which has led to unrealistic scenarios and guard force frustrations. Whereas, full-scale exercises are very time-consuming and expensive to perform and only result in training on a small number of events. Both are good traning tools, but these can be greatly improved based on using modeling & simulation along with next generation technology.
Utilize AVERT® Simulation and your Digital Twin to reduce ongoing security operations costs while maintaining or improving site security effectiveness.
Be prepared for upcoming FoF exercises, maintenance, and refueling outages and de-commissioning by using virtual simulation versus limited force or planning drills.
Utilize AVERT® Virtual Training tools and your digital twin and assessment model for on-shift site familiarization, virtual tabletop and immersive virtual reality training.
CASE STUDIES &
Learn more about how ARES designs and secures a safer future.
ARES Security Corporation Awarded $200K DOE SBIR Phase 1 Grant to Investigate the Use of Robotic Technology for Security Applications and Small Nuclear Reactors (A/SNRS)
Leveraging Commercial Nuclear Security Experience and Technology using Security Risk Assessment Tools – USA Nuclear
ARES Security Corporation Wins Security Risk Assessment Contract From Premiere Nuclear Energy Company
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY
“The ARES/Avert model, in conjunction with the traditional data gathered through the Performance Evaluation Program as well as historical Force on Force, allowed the management team to confidently make the strategy change and the 10CFR 50.54(P) submittal decision that the reduction of 11 security posts, or 50 Full Time Employees presented no diminishment of effectiveness. This reduction of posts accounts for a monetary savings of approximately 7.1 million dollars annually and reflected in the formula below:
11 security posts $600,000/post = $6.6 million.
6 Oversight positions = $550,000.“
Reference: “Computer Modeling’s Ability to Gain Efficiencies”, by John Peacock (PSEG Nuclear) as published in Nuclear Plant Journal, September-October 2018, Volume 36 No. 5