Delta’s new electrically controlled barrier receives P1 rating at ASTM M50 test level
Delta’s new electrically controlled barrier receives P1 rating at ASTM M50 test level

Delta Scientific’s latest HD 300 barrier, is available with either a fully electric or hydraulic control unit, and will stop a 15,000 pound (66.7 Km) vehicle travelling 50 mph (80 kpm). Upon impact, the barrier remains in its foundation and the opening stays blocked, providing a multiple hit capability. In its M50 crash test, the HD300 completely disabled the test vehicle, causing severe damage to the occupant department and power train. The maximum penetration recorded was an outstanding -1.8 m on the passenger’s side. The P1 penetration rating was given because the penetration beyond the protected side of the barrier was less than 1.0 m at the lower leading edge of the test vehicle’s cargo bed. “The HD300 provides many of the flexibilities that security professionals want in a vehicle access barrier,” explains Greg Hamm, Delta Scientific vice president, marketing and sales. “Besides being easy to install and providing a fast emergency fast operation, low maintenance and multiple hit capabilities, customers can select either our new all electric control unit or Delta’s lauded hydraulic control unit.”With its 24-inch (61 cm) shallow foundation and aesthetic design, the HD300 obviates the concerns of interference with buried pipes, power lines and fibre optic communication lines. The shallow foundation also reduces installation complexity, time, materials and corresponding costs. The HD300 is perfect for high water table locations and areas with corrosive soils. It provides low maintenance as all components are accessible from the sides or top of the barrier.For increased security, the HD300 leverages Delta’s propriety counter-balanced technology to provide a 1.5 second emergency fast operation (EFO), responding to attacks very quickly. The electric actuator provides IP67 protection, meaning that the unit is totally protected against dust and as well as the effect of immersion between 15 cm and 1 m.

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Delta's affordable, commercial crash-tested portable barrier protects against terrorists & errant drivers
Delta's affordable, commercial crash-tested portable barrier protects against terrorists & errant drivers

The MP5000 was built for US Federal government security specialists wanting a system that could be rapidly deployed and operated as a regular security gate or barrier system. Demonstrated in a full-scale crash test, the barrier stopped and disabled a 15,000lb G.V.W. (66.7kN) vehicle moving at 40mph (64kph). Following the certification test, the system was fully functional and sustained only minor distortion of the barrier ramp (approximately .75 inches). Quick deployment for secure roadways Once positioned, the Delta mobile barricade is separated from its transporter and lowered into position by means of a Battery-Operated Hydraulic Power System, which is then used to raise or lower the barrier for normal or emergency tasks. The controls to run the barrier can be located on the barrier, at a fixed secure post, or from a hand-held push button controller. The guard need not go to the barrier to raise or lower it from its guard position. 15-minute installation Within 15 minutes of being sited, the Delta mobile crash barrier lowers itself into position with built-in hydraulic jacks. There is no hand cranking. Wheels are restored at the sides and then the vehicle ramps are folded out, completing the deployment. To move the barrier, the procedures are simply reversed. Both the operation of the barrier as well as deployment and retrieval are push-button controlled. A standard system includes a battery-operated power unit, replenished from either a solar array or multiple local low voltage sources. Optionally, a Delta Hydraulic Power Unit operated on a locally supplied power or full manual system, or combination, is available. Both the locally powered and battery powered hydraulic pumping unit can be sized to provide pass-through rates suitable for most inspection and identification station requirements. The barricade operates at rates between 10–15 seconds for a full up-down cycle. Sustained rates of 40 cycles per hour can be maintained indefinitely, depending on the available recharging methods employed. DSC1000 commercial barrier The DSC1000 is the commercial extension of the MP5000. Many municipalities, event organisers and others that stage temporary events, ranging from farmers’ markets to concerts and sporting events, have requested a commercial barrier that can be towed into place and protect attendees from errant drivers. Using Delta’s Soft Stop technology, the DSC1000 stops such drivers from inflicting harm. With no foundation or electrical hook-up needed, two people can set up and take down the DSC1000 barrier in minutes. The barricade’s self-contained power system provides all the power necessary to raise and lower the unit onto its trailer and open and close the barrier. This battery-powered system re-charges with a solar panel or external means. Controls can be locked or operated at the barricade or remotely. In many cases, the tragedies that the DSC1000 will negate are accidents. Authorities want the vehicle stopped but they also want to avoid injury to the driver as much as possible. Therefore, contrary to the “hard stop” created with anti-terrorist crash-tested barricades, testing of the new DSC1000 demonstrates that the collision did not distort the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Instead, Soft Stop technology decelerates and stops the vehicle over a short distance, technically referred to as “occupant ride down” acceleration. MP5000 battery-powered hydraulic barricade operator Filling the gap between low-duty cycle manually-operated and high-duty cycle systems, the MP5000 incorporates a heavy-duty rechargeable internal battery, charger, solar panel and rechargeable, portable booster battery pack. It provides up to 200 cycles per day of powered operation, up to 40 cycles in a one-hour period on direct battery. On trickle charge, it handles 1,000 cycles a day; perfect for rapidly upgrading manually operated systems. Recharging options for most duty and operating rates are available.

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Delta Scientific HD200 vehicle barrier for high traffic locations
Delta Scientific HD200 vehicle barrier for high traffic locations

The fastest operating standard vehicle barrier in the market, the HD200 features a crash rating of ASTM M30/P1, bringing to a full stop a 7.5 ton (6803.9 kg) medium duty truck traveling 30 mph (48.3 kph) in less than 3.3 feet (1 m). Truck rebound is 11.5 feet (3.5 m).Final denial applications Built for high traffic, heavily populated locations requiring rapid emergency fast operation (EFO) rates and open/close cycles, in high traffic locations, the barrier is open much of the time, letting vehicles through. Therefore, when the location is heavily populated, the barrier must open and close frequently. More importantly, the barrier must be able to close quickly. To negate vehicles being used as weapons, the HD200 barrier will stop and destroy a vehicle moving at 30 mph (48.3 kph). This allows users to install this barrier in final denial applications with as little as 50 feet (15.2m) of stand-off distance and still stop vehicles moving up to 44 feet (13.4 m) per second. Increased safety against terrorists using vehicles as weaponsAs the tragedy in Nice, France, has warned, security professionals need to be aware of vehicle attacks on people. For heavy traffic in densely populated locations, not only must the vehicle barrier be fast but it must be rugged and easy to install.The HD200 provides the features needed in a vehicle access barrier. Besides being easy to install and providing a quick emergency fast operation and low maintenance, customers can select either Delta's new all electric control unit or Delta’s lauded hydraulic control unit. With either, the HD200 barrier will stop a 7.5 ton (6803.9 kg) medium duty truck travelling 30 mph (48.3 kph) in less than 3.3 feet (1 m).With a 24-inch (61 cm) shallow foundation and fully enclosed, flush mount design, the HD200 obviates the concerns of interference with buried pipes, power lines and fibre optic communication lines in urban applications. The shallow foundation also reduces installation complexity, time, materials and corresponding costs. The HD200 is perfect for high water table locations and areas with corrosive soils. It provides low maintenance as its totally enclosed face is easily removed for access. Remotely controlled EFOLeveraging the latest technologies, the HD200’s breakthrough EFO can be remotely controlled via fibre optics, touch screen control panels, NEMA rated control button panels and simple key switches.The HD200 barrier also features a full range of diagnostic indicators for early detection of any difficulties.As with most other Delta barricades and barriers that are properly maintained, projected life expectancy of the HD200 is 20+ years.

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Delta’s newest EM-controlled anti-terrorist crash barrier provides less than zero penetration
Delta’s newest EM-controlled anti-terrorist crash barrier provides less than zero penetration

Delta Scientific, the leading manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, recently announced that its new HD2055 electromechanically controlled anti-terrorist barricade decisively stopped the 15,000 pound (6,803 kg) test vehicle traveling at 51 (82 kph) in a recent crash test conducted by an independent testing laboratory. Less than zero penetration of crash barrier The HD2055 barricades not only stopped the vehicle but contained the test load representing the bombs strapped to the truck bed. The crash test result showed a less than zero penetration. “Significantly, the operating mechanism and cams were all intact and reusable after the dramatic crash test,” emphasises David Dickinson, Senior Vice President of Delta Scientific. “This level of survival is normally only seen with hydraulic barricade systems.” Easy-to-install shallow foundation The new HD2055 barricade features an easy-to-install shallow foundation with an environmentally-friendly electromechanical actuator which utilises a sophisticated cam design that accelerates and de-accelerates the barrier road plate during raising and lowering. This reduces the lifting and closing force down to zero at the end of each stroke, dramatically increasing the life of the lifting mechanism. The shallow foundation also obviates the concerns of interference with buried pipes, power lines and fibre optic communication lines. The HD2055 is perfect for high water table locations and areas with corrosive soils. It provides low maintenance as all components are accessible from the sides or top of the barrier. As with its hydraulic designs, the electromechanical HD2055 can be deployed as a single barricade in a narrow lane application or in extended arrays which cover wide roadways. Each HD2055 barricade can be open or closed individually or as a group to allow the passage of both small or large vehicles. Like other Delta Scientific products, the HD2055 can be remotely controlled via fibre optics, touch screen control panels, NEMA rated control button panels and simple key switches.

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How Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium sets the standard for protection against vehicle attacks
How Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium sets the standard for protection against vehicle attacks

Atlanta’s new $1.5 billion stadium, home to the NFL Atlanta Falcons football team and MLS Atlanta United football club and site of the recent NCAA national college football championship, is protecting fans, personnel and athletes from terrorists and errant drivers from using vehicles as weapons. While the threat of terrorists planning to attack soft targets, such as stadiums increases, stadium security professionals, such as those at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, must look for the weak points throughout their facilities to determine where fanatics are most likely assailing. Taking their cue from hard target attacks, they and other stadium management understand that the use of vehicles, either to carry the people that will carry out the attack or act as the bomb itself, is a very real threat. New system, safer pedestrians Installed by Tusco, using Delta Scientific perimeter protection products, the new access system includes four DSC501 barriers, five DSC720 bollards, 39 DSC2000 barriers and 59 DSC680 fixed bollards. “We are very experienced with installing Delta equipment,” relates Brent Martina, President of Tusco. “Mercedes-Benz Stadium was very particular about their security needs and protocols and requested a customised sequence of operations for their security equipment. While the threat of terrorists planning to attack soft targets increases, stadium security professionals must look for the weak points throughout their facilities “Delta Scientific’s products and experienced engineers made them the obvious choice in meeting both the high quality and technical standards required to integrate with the stadium’s sophisticated security system. It was crucial to have a reliable team in place as we received a very compressed schedule to get everything complete by the first football game and, therefore, had no room for errors.” Because of long, straight approaches to some access points, stadiums oftentimes need to deploy high performance barriers. DSC501 barriers were used at main entrances where players and VIPs, among others, enter with their cars. Preventing attacks before they happen The DSC501 is the only K54-certified retractable vehicle barricade in the world. Set in a foundation only 18 inches deep, it will survive and operate after a 5.4-million-foot pound impact. That’s equivalent to a 65,000-pound truck hitting it at 50 mph. Stopping the truck or car dead in its tracks, the DSC501 protects against a “second hit” risk from a second vehicle. The stadium preferred installing these barricades in a more industrial look, wanting them to be “seen.” Five retractable DSC720 bollards were used at the pedestrian entry areas. This is Delta’s highest crash rated bollard, stopping a 15,000-pound vehicle at 50 mph. The bollard will stop and destroy much larger vehicles than those tested at very high velocities. The DSC720 is 35 inches tall and 15 inches wide. At Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the bollards feature brushed stainless-steel sleeves. Oftentimes, the ground below the access points are filled with cables, wires, pipes and other infrastructure products. As a result, typical, below ground installed traffic bollards, barriers and barricades cannot be used because these infrastructure products are too close to the surface. The solution is to use surface-mounted and shallow foundation barricades and barriers. This isn’t the only stadium using Delta equipment to protect staff and attendees from vehicle harm - Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco is a well-known user Delivery entrances are weaknesses At the same time, for some reason, delivery entrances never seem to be as secured as the main entrances to the stadium. With delivery vehicles coming and going, delivery entrances need a solution that lets delivery vehicles enter and exit but stop unauthorised vehicles from entering at all. At the loading docks, 39 of Delta’s fastest, smallest and shallowest foundation barricades were implemented. Chosen especially for high speed applications and ease of installation, the cost effective DSC2000 barrier is K12 crash-certified with no penetration, meaning it will stop a 15,000-pound vehicle traveling 50 mph dead in its tracks. The ten-inch shallow foundation also reduces installation complexity, time, materials and corresponding costs. Lastly, 50 DSC680 shallow foundation fixed bollards with stainless steel sleeves protect pedestrian areas. They secure any unprotected locations where vehicle bombers and errant drivers have no obstacles. Versus cement barriers such as posts and pots, many organisations prefer fixed-post bollards for several reasons. Terrorists typically don't go where they see barricades, so placing them wherever possible attacks can happen reduces security risks dramatically That’s because, when hit, cement posts and pots can explode, literally spreading shrapnel throughout the crowd, potentially creating numerous injuries. Shallow foundation bollards can be installed within sidewalks or on top of concrete deck truss bridges as well as conform to the inclines and turns of a locale. They also meet the 1-metre clearance regulations mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The fixed bollard, which does not go up and down, provides a significant blocking device solution that continues to challenge security directors faced with threats such as stopping a vehicle from ploughing into the stadium’s inner perimeter. They let a facility manager meet a long-standing challenge - how to easily install bollards on shallow substrates, including those that are not level or have turns. No longer do locations, such as curves on hills, the upper levels of parking structures and other unprotected locales have to rely on unsightly ‘make-do’ solutions to stop car bombers or wayward drivers. One of the world's most secure “Delayed by roof issues, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium challenged us with a condensed schedule to provide one of the world’s most secure vehicle access systems,” avows Martina. “I’m proud to say that our team completed the work on time and walked away from the project with another pleased client.” This isn’t the only stadium using Delta equipment to protect staff and attendees from vehicle harm. Among many, Penn State and Purdue as well as Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco (49ers) are well-known users. Unfortunately, most procurement offices won't allow vendors to announce their purchases. This is too bad since terrorists typically won't go where they know barricades are deployed, reducing security risks dramatically. Leading universities, including six of the Associated Press (AP) top-10 rated 2018 pre-season football schools, also stayed one step ahead of terrorists and errant drivers this year on their campuses by identifying vulnerable areas and securing them within minutes with Delta MP5000 temporary, portable barriers. These mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers carry a K8 rating (M40 ASTM rating), stopping 7.5-ton vehicles traveling 40 mph. Terrorists typically don't go where they see barricades, so placing them wherever possible attacks can happen reduces security risks dramatically. Today, there is little excuse for a major stadium to suffer an attack which uses a vehicle to break through the perimeter. Whatever the weakness a terrorist thinks can be exploited, there is a type of bollard, barricade or barrier to stop him, yet let authorised people through.

How society and politics impacted the security industry in 2017
How society and politics impacted the security industry in 2017

For the security industry, 2017 was a good year, but not a great year. With political changes coming and greater interest in border control, perimeter security and analytic technologies, we have seen an increase in enquiries from both federal, and state law enforcement agencies and municipalities. The political security landscape The series of unexpected, natural and self-inflicted disasters that swept across the United States over the last few months have also created a greater interest in security and life safety. As a result, we have seen more security projects developing in cities and institutions such as education in the U.S. Another impact on our global business is the fluctuation of currency due to economic uncertainties.There is a high demand for security technologies that interoperate with other systems, to form integrated solutions Some countries have benefitted; however, most have the burden of reduced purchase power. Consequently, integrators have had to work harder to ensure projects abroad are fulfilled and completed with great sensitivity to any shifting economics of the security solutions. Interoperability of systems In 2018, we continue to see a high demand for security technologies that interoperate with other systems, to form one integrated solution. More federal funding will be allocated for domestic security projects, particularly for cities and critical infrastructure. Commercial and government applications will continue to seek proactive monitoring technologies embedded with artificial intelligence capabilities, and the companies that can provide these analytic technologies will be rewarded. Threat detection analytics, such as aggression detection and facial recognition, will see greater deployment across all verticals. Manufacturers will have to keep investing in their R&D to keep up with the greater demand for state-of-the-art – yet reliable – applied technology. In 2017, we responded to strong interest in audio-monitoring. More industry leaders spoke about the importance of audio in the overall security solution at seminars and conferences. Customers who haven’t thought of audio in the past are now seeking audio solutions for both traditional and non-traditional applications.

2017 security trends: Lone wolf terror encourages vehicle access control system installations
2017 security trends: Lone wolf terror encourages vehicle access control system installations

With the changing “lone wolf” style of terrorism, there will be a trend toward many more installations of vehicle access control systems and smaller numbers of units. Where a university, military base or airport might have 20-plus systems scattered among its grounds, there will be a growing number of smaller applications needing one, two or three systems. These will include customers such as primary and secondary education facilities; pedestrian locations such as shopping centres, concert grounds and fairs; hospitals and other venues where pedestrians come together both daily or temporarily. Defending against vehicle attack The Middle East is a particular hotbed for increased security measures for explosive-laden vehicles. Many soft targets in the Middle East have also been adding anti-terrorist, crash-resistant barriers, barricades and bollards. This has been also true in Europe while Southeast Asia is coming on strong. With so many more such systems being ordered, buyers will need to become more aware of their supplier's customer service and technical support. The market could be faced with an upcoming slew of cut-throat, unscrupulous operators providing shoddy equipment and dangerous installations that take advantage of buyers who don't understand what is truly needed to defend against vehicle attack. Importance of certified vehicle barriers This time last year, we projected that the use of vehicles as weapons to mow down pedestrians, such as occurred in Nice (France), would probably impact greater sales of Delta portable crash-rated barricades. Although it was announced by ISIS that their followers should undertake more of these attacks, we don't think anyone anticipated the numbers of such atrocities we would see, the latest (as of this writing) the assault on the bike path in New York City. The largest customers around the world have been law enforcement agencies and municipalities. Security specialists needto be aware of vehicle threats wherever people are gathered Last year, we also warned that many organisations, in order to save money, were purchasing non-certified (non-rated) vehicles access control systems with less structural safety than those provided by certified manufacturers. The reality is that somebody is going to have to be hurt or killed before some buyers understand that a barrier, barricade or bollard is not a commodity type of product. Security specialists must be aware With the economy being better, there has been a resulting increase in sales of products for general parking and similar applications. But, as terrorist attacks have gone from large planned scenarios to smaller lone-wolf assaults, such as the bike path incident in New York, there is an increasing need for more protection from vehicle harm in more places. Basically, security specialists need to be aware of vehicle threats wherever people are gathered, from a parade route to a fair, sporting event, shopping centre – anywhere scores of people are clustered. One of the interesting statistics we ran across this year was that, in the United States, six of the top 10 rated college football teams use Delta temporary barricades to protect fans at their stadiums on game days. During 2017, Delta has been developing new products to take on the increased protection of vehicle checkpoints between the United States and Mexico. Over the years, Delta has implemented vehicle crossing protection at many of the most secure sites including El Paso, San Ysidro, Calexico, Otay Mesa and Tornhill-Guadalupe.