Southwest Microwave is pleased to announce the appointment of John Gilbert as Eastern Regional Manager – USA, serving clients in states east of the Mississippi River. Vast experience John joins Southwest Microwave after a successful 17-year career at EV Group, a producer of industry-leading equipment for the semiconductor industry, where he successfully increased market penetration in the Eastern US and contributed to significant revenue growth for the company. John served in vari...
ATG Access, an innovator of road blocker, bollards and vehicle barrier systems is thriving internationally thanks to the launch of Surface Guard, a pioneering, new hostile vehicle mitigation solution. Surface Guard vehicle mitigation solution After its successful launch in the UK last year, Surface Guard has now been deployed in a number of overseas territories including France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Australia and America. The surface mounted security solution has pro...
Public spaces in cities and suburbs are important places for community development and promoting outdoor recreation. These areas may include main streets, parks, promenades, band shells and fields. Such locations are often utilised by public event planners for community activities, including summer festivals, wintertime ice skating rink installations, music concerts and art fairs. As the year drew to a close, holiday and Christmas markets as well as major New Year’s Eve events, presented...
Production and customer processes at global steel fencing systems manufacturer, Zaun Ltd. have been through the mill of audits in recent weeks – by customers, the security ratings standards body and an international certification agency. Re-accredited to SR4 to SR1 ratings Firstly, Zaun’s processes have been re-certified to the 2015 standard of ISO9001 by Bureau Veritas. The 2015 standard puts more emphasis than its 2008 predecessor on stakeholder impacts and requires greater aware...
Security is arguably at the heart of the United States partial government shutdown: President Trump’s demand for $5.6 billion to start building a wall along the southern border with Mexico is the major bone of contention as gridlock in Washington prevents passage of a spending bill to keep the government in full operation. The partial government shutdown has affected security in other ways, too, and some of the impact could continue long after the impasse is settled. Some 800,000 federal...
Delta Scientific, global manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems, announced its new DSC1500 portable beam barricade that sets up quickly and temporarily to block vehicles. The new portable barricade secures locations during short-term events and anywhere a beam barricade is needed for interim security. With a clear opening of 16 feet (4.8 m), the DSC1500 is M30 certified, able to stop a 15,000-pound (66.7 kN) vehicle going 30 mph (48 kph). DSC1500 portable beam barricade "Man...
The OPTEX UK/Ireland sales team has been restructured to provide a better service to OPTEX’s channel partners and customers with roles that put the customer at the centre of OPTEX’s operation. The team structure has been simplified in response to customer feedback, and to give channel partners and customers an easy point of contact to deal with any type of enquiry, whether it’s relating to sales, technical or logistics. While each member has an area of expertise with a national remit, they are also the primary contact for a specific region where they will be supporting their local system integrators, installers and distribution network. Neil Foster, who has particular expertise in critical infrastructure projects, will continue to focus on the North of the UK and Ireland. Dale Jones, who has extensive experience managing national and international transportation projects, will retain responsibility for the Midlands. Mathew Oakley, who has recently joined the team, and who has proven skills delivering bespoke high-end security solutions, will concentrate on London and the South East. B2B Channel expert Benjamin Linklater took over the management of the UK/Ireland Sales team in January 2018 Sarah Black, who has considerable experience in B2B channel sales, is the UK Sales Channel Manager, supporting distributors at head office level, as well as overseeing support at branch level. She will also look after projects in the South West. Benjamin Linklater, Sales Director, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the global security industry and has been working with OPTEX for more than eight years, took over the management of the UK/Ireland Sales team in January 2018. “All our Area Sales Managers have many years of industry experience and Dale great technical knowledge of our products; by focusing their responsibilities around key geographical regions we believe we can deliver even greater levels of service to our customers,” he says, “and ensure every customer has the right support at the right time.” Vehicle sensors and security solutions expert Two new roles have been created to provide additional support across the territories: a National Key Account Manager and an Internal Sales Executive. Sandrine Cocks, National Key Account Manager, will be the main point of contact for security products, vehicle sensors and people counters. Her mission is to lead the company’s sales efforts by supporting and developing a multi-level relationship with each of the national key accounts across the security and new product portfolio. Sandrine will work with all the stakeholders to identify their needs and build a bespoke plan.
The original rapid-deploy anti-vehicle and electric barrier fencing system – first used in tandem on the London 2012 Olympics – is now even quicker and easier to roll out with a pre-configured ‘ends’ to pulse-protected ‘zones.’ SecureGuard HVM temporary barrier fencing system Three renowned names in perimeter security have collaborated to incorporate the new rapid-deploy electric fence technology into the established SecureGuard HVM temporary barrier fencing system. Electric and electronic fencing expert, Harper Chalice Group Limited has developed RapidPulse, a pre-configured ‘start’ and ‘stop’ to each pulse-monitored ‘zone’, to allow rapid deployment of its PulseSecure system. PulseSecure system Steel fencing manufacturer, Zaun Limited has created special pairs of posts for the anchor point fencing panels Steel fencing manufacturer, Zaun Limited has created special pairs of posts for the anchor point fencing panels, with crossed bracing bars to bear the load of the electric cabling. The system can be supplied with any of Zaun’s existing fencing panels – including HiSec, HiSec Super 6 or ArmaWeave – all deployed super-fast with no foundations on top of SecureGuard HVM barriers from Highway Care Security. “This is set to revolutionise the market for temporary high security utilities, roadworks and construction compounds without the need for any civil or ground works,” says Zaun sales and marketing director Chris Plimley. Perimeter intrusion detection Trial installations have seen Harper Chalice, Highway Care Security and Zaun deploy 30m of HVM barriers and fencing with perimeter intrusion detection in just one hour. The partners first proved the concept at the London 2012 Games, at which they secured various sections of the Olympic Park perimeter with temporary HVM barriers and fencing combined with PulseSecure. RapidPulse perimeter security system The overall system provides a psychological barrier as well as a physical deterrent" The RapidPulse innovation now makes it possible to install perimeters temporarily, break them down, and redeploy them in a fraction of the time, making secure but mobile compounds a reality as works progress during a project. Harper Chalice MD Chris Hackett says: “The overall system provides a psychological barrier as well as a physical deterrent. And it offers a fantastic solution for ongoing security when a breach in a permanent perimeter is required temporarily for repair, maintenance or upgrade, without reducing the overall protection of the site.” The system is fully compliant with BS 1722 Part 14 and Part 17 and can be supplied either galvanised or polyester powder-coated with all components manufactured in the UK. CCTV columns, turnstiles and access portals Each post and panel can also be supplied up to 3.5 metres total in height, while pedestrian and vehicle gates can also be incorporated, as can CCTV columns, turnstiles and access portals. The system is ideal for using around high security temporary utilities and construction sites, to protect road works or at major events that might be at risk of protests, riots or terrorist activity. SecureGuard with RapidPulse for effective intrusion detection SecureGuard with RapidPulse provides protection against vehicle attack, pedestrian intrusion and rock fall and debris dispersion SecureGuard with RapidPulse provides protection against vehicle attack, pedestrian intrusion and rock fall and debris dispersion. SecureGuard was developed specifically for the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland and has since been deployed at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the NATO Conference in South Wales and the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. It forms part of the National Barrier Asset and has been used to secure the main political parties’ party conferences over recent years. Mobile high security solutions SecureGuard is a mobile high security range of products from Highway Care all tested to PAS68:2010 to withstand multiple attacks by a 7.5 tonne truck at speeds of 20, 30 and 50mph without them breaching a security perimeter. Mat White, Highway Care Security sales director, says: “The increased threat of terrorism and high value crime is driving the need to provide high security sites and critical infrastructure with safe and effective physical protection. This provides the ultimate in rapid rollout solutions.”
The easy-to-manage SMARTair system is now available to professional security installers from ASSA ABLOY Access Control, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global provider of door opening solutions. SMARTair is an effective, fully-scalable access control system that can be installed quickly and easily by security installers. Available in offline and wireless online versions, SMARTair is a flexible, end-to-end, battery-operated system. This makes it the perfect solution for a variety of installations. Key management & control issues SMARTair uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader technology to provide a secure access solution to areas with diverse ranges and frequencies of foot traffic. The RFID reader and locking mechanism are all housed in one device, meaning SMARTair is suitable for nearly all types of interior and exterior doors, as well as turnstiles, barriers, elevators and more. SMARTair devices eliminate key management and control issues in favour of a card-based access solution As an energy-efficient technology, SMARTair devices need minimal maintenance, with battery changes only required after approximately 70,000 cycles. It also eliminates key management and control issues in favour of a card-based access solution, in which cards can be issued, invalidated and updated in real time for maximum security. Smart door access solution SMARTair is well-suited to the education sector, as it gives relevant stakeholders the ability to lock, unlock and grant door access permissions at allotted times and dates. The level of control is further strengthened with the audit trail function, which allows SMARTair to provide detailed attendance records for security and administrative purposes. These features showcase SMARTair as a secure and flexible access control system that balances student safety with the adaptability an educational environment requires. The ability to audit trail makes SMARTair an invaluable security solution for care home owners and operators The ability to audit trail also makes SMARTair an invaluable security solution for care home owners and operators. Because it can provide access control information 24/7 in real-time and audit trails can be provided to see who is accessing sensitive or restricted areas, SMARTair can give stakeholders peace of mind and allow them to better fulfil their duty of care, as well as their health and safety obligations. Tried & tested access control solution Alan Kent, Access Control Manager and SMARTair specialist said: “SMARTair is an access control solution that has been tried and tested over many years, and we are very excited to make this versatile system available through ASSA ABLOY Access Control. Its adaptability makes it ideal for a number of sectors, including education and healthcare.” “Security Installers can take advantage of the adaptability offered by SMARTair, as well as UK-based technical training and support, marketing and expert back up from the ASSA ABLOY Access Control team.”
Steelway Fensecure’s palisade fencing offers a strong visual deterrent to possible trespassers. Its sturdy construction creates a strong physical barrier that is tough to break down. The lack of footholds and with sharp edges they are hard to climb. This style of fencing also offers relatively low maintenance. An array of applications can benefit from palisade fencing including local authorities, education facilities, sports departments, theme parks and caravan parks. Steelway Fensecure’s Palisade fencing is available in General Purpose (GP) and Security Purpose (SP) specifications. Palisade fencing Palisade fencing offers a strong visual deterrent to possible trespassers Palisade fencing has long been the front-runner when it comes to securing property or land. Palisade fencing offers a strong visual deterrent to possible trespassers. Its sturdy construction creates a strong physical barrier that is tough to break down even with force. The lack of footholds and sharp edges increase the deterrence factor, as they are hard to climb. This style of fencing also offers relatively low maintenance due to its galvanized finish. If you opt for a powder coated finish, then the fences can come in a range of colours to suit the surrounding area. Steelway Fensecure’s palisade topping options One of the most recognisable elements of steel palisade fencing is the pale top. Steelway Fensecure offers 4 pale top options; triple pointed, single point, round top or round top with notches. Different properties with suit different pale tops, you can discuss your requirements with the Steelway team. Steelway Fensecure offers 4 pale top options; triple pointed, single point, round top or round top with notchesThere are two different profiles available: D and W. Both provide substantial security. The W profile is an effective visual deterrent with its sharper edges, as well as being more uncomfortable and difficult to scale. Palisade Fencing applications: There is an array of applications which palisade security fencing is an ideal solution these include: Industrial estates Schools, colleges and universities Local Authorities Airports (Airfield perimeter fencing) Oil & gas installations Railway boundaries Commercial premises Steelway Fensecure offer palisade fencing available in General Purpose (GP) and Security Purpose (SP) specifications.
University campus buildings and student accommodation facilities are complex infrastructures and, with so many security requirements, it can be difficult to keep on top of them and the challenges they impose. Andrew Shaw, architectural consultant for Allegion UK, discusses how to ensure the security and safety of the students of today and tomorrow. Many UK universities treat safety and security as a feature hard-wired into their systems, as young adults and their parents are citing safety when it comes to important factors when choosing a university. It’s listed in prospectuses and on university websites to ensure that current and prospective students, staff and parents alike have a clear idea of the safety and security procedures in place. Security teams must consider high-traffic areas, access for all, student turnover, fire safety measures, security of people and belongings Eliminating the possibility of crimes Student accommodation and campus facilities can pose many security challenges, and with the high turnover of students, keeping track of access is important. This not only allows the responsible persons to keep everything running smoothly and safely, it also helps to eliminate the possibility of certain crimes. Security teams must consider high-traffic areas, access for all, student turnover, fire safety measures, security of people and belongings, as well as efficient and smooth people movement. Choosing the right doors and door hardware Every October, universities must ensure that everything – from individual student data records to premises refurbishment and site safety – is in place to welcome new and returning students, staff and visitors. This means that throughout the academic year as well as over the summer and other holidays, universities have a constant obligation to keep safety and security standards high. It’s important to give the appropriate thought to which doors and door hardware are suitable to specific requirements, to maximise security and, in-turn, student safety and wellbeing In student accommodation, for instance, students may be living there for approximately eight months of the academic year. They’ll then vacate the premises, which are readied for the next intake of students. Student accommodation has also been previously criticised for poor design, especially when it comes to fire safety and general security. With that in mind, it’s important to give the appropriate thought to which doors and door hardware are suitable to specific requirements, to maximise security and, in-turn, student safety and wellbeing. In campus facilities, too, the buildings must cater to the ebb and flow of those entering and exiting premises. Therefore, doors and door hardware must facilitate access and egress, particularly in high-traffic areas. Combining mechanical locks with electronic access control When it comes to university accommodation, without a key handover strategy in place, how can universities be sure their students have adequate access? For example, some access control systems allow tracking of who accesses and exits a premise. They also easily issue and retract credentials, allowing someone access as easily as it can be taken away. Conversely, traditional mechanical locks can be beneficial both as a stand-alone solution and as a combination with electronic access control. Ultimately, all design aspects of a particular building must be considered before arriving at a product choice. The variety of choice available means universities can opt for hardware that suits their needs, even when faced with budgeting pressures. Every university campus has both exterior and interior sections, so implementing an adequate lockdown plan must include both of these layers Implementing effective lockdown strategy The Complete University Guide states that an estimated one-third of the UK’s student body becomes a victim of crime (mainly theft and burglary). When you also consider the vast number of new students moving away from home to university, it’s easy to understand how their lack of knowledge about a certain area may make them susceptible to victimisation. One focus for optimising security in university facilities and accommodation is to put in place an effective lockdown strategy. Every university campus has both exterior and interior sections, so implementing an adequate lockdown plan must include both of these layers. On top of this, it can be easy to make the mistake of carrying out dangerous or ineffective methods without recognising them as so. For example, using tape, magnets or other barricades on a door could not only invite security risks but is also a breach of fire safety regulations. Doors and door hardware that facilitate maximum egress can help to improve evacuation and prevent unnecessary stagnation of movement Fire safety protocols A sufficient evacuation plan as well as high-quality doors and door hardware can help to keep students and staff safe. In the event of a fire, students and staff must be clear on what is expected of them to ensure a smooth and effective evacuation. Doors and door hardware that facilitate maximum egress can help to improve evacuation and prevent unnecessary stagnation of movement. Specifically, hold-open devices are linked up to the fire alarm so that in the event of a fire, the doors release immediately and then return to a closed position. Similarly, exit devices (such as panic bars or emergency exit devices) open without keys and are easily accessible, to allow a functional exit if needed. Selecting the right solution for university security When it comes to university security, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The age of the buildings, credential platform and protocols, budget and long-term security strategy must be considered. A lack of product knowledge, older buildings and too much choice can all lead to a reluctance to upgrade old systems or even the wrong selection of products. With effective lockdowns and locking systems being of high importance, it’s important to recognise the industry fallacies and steer clear from the risks posed by ‘value engineering’. Wherever you are on the continuum, there are solutions fit for your specific requirements.
Aeroturn LLC, major turnstile manufacturer that offers 100% Made in The USA turnstiles, has announced that the company had a 100% customer retention rate for over 15 years. Aeroturn has seen a steady growth path over the years due to its unwavering dedication to delivering cutting-edge, highly secure turnstile solutions. With an engineering team that is second to none and the ability to test, deliver, and install the world’s only zero-maintenance standard and customised turnstiles; Aeroturn has turned the industry upside down. Superior perimeter protection The company designs, manufacturers, tests, delivers, and installs the world’s most reliable turnstiles in the industry and will be exhibiting at the ASIS NYC Security Conference & Expo on May 16th and 17th at the Jacob Javits Center. Attendees can visit the Aeroturn booth #506 to see live demonstrations of its unique turnstiles and see first-hand why Aeroturn turnstiles are the only choice for perimeter protection. The company’s continued success is due to a strong customer-centric philosophy that puts manufacturing a quality product first and foremost. “Aeroturn believes in investing its resources internally and has built the best engineering team in the industry,” states Michael Stoll, VP Technical Sales & Marketing. “As a testament to our superior engineering, our mean time between failures (MTBF) for all lanes deployed is ten (10) years.” High-performance turnstiles The company employs a team of engineers that work directly with architects, systems integrators, building owners, end users, and construction companies to deliver cutting edge turnstile solutions that can’t be beat in the industry. Aeroturn’s customer first philosophy is the driving force behind its success. Customers can rely on Aeroturn to deliver the very best in turnstile solutions now and in the future.
As we approach National Safe Schools Week (October 21-27), it is appropriate for a conversation to begin regarding establishing standards for K12 school security. Currently no standards exist for assisting schools navigate the complexity of understanding what they need, how much it will cost and how they will secure their learning environments. Security industry experts The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) is one of the organisations at the forefront of establishing security standards for schools. In 2014, the Security Industry Association (SIA) and the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) formed PASS, which brought together a cross functional group of members including school officials, safe schools’ consultants, law enforcement and security industry experts to collaborate and develop a coordinated approach to protecting K-12 students and staff. School administrators are often contacted repeatedly by organisations with multiple safety and security products PASS has provided valuable insights regarding an ‘All Hazards’ approach to school safety and security. In fact, PASS suggests that school administrators are challenged with two decisions: Determining what they need to do How to prioritise Safe school environment School administrators are experts in running schools and providing education. However, most are not security experts and do not understand the complexity of implementing a comprehensive physical security and safety program across their districts. Still, they are often contacted repeatedly by organisations with multiple safety and security products. School administrators are experts in running schools and providing education, but most are not security experts Some of these organisations recognise their products are just pieces of a safe school environment puzzle and how they fit in, whereas others focus on specific applications and do not understand how their specific solutions may affect life safety codes and Americans with Disabilities Act law. (Note: Many ‘barricade devices’ fall into this latter category and actually introduce liability concerns with the unintended consequences of their use.)Schools incorporate evacuation drills as part of their emergency preparedness plans and practice on a regular basis Even for experts, the plethora of options and disparate systems required to integrate a safety and security approach at schools is daunting. The ongoing challenge is integrating access control, video, mass notification, and/or visitor management products into a single, effective, and appropriate system the owner can understand, utilise, and afford and that meet local codes and ADA laws. In the absence of standards, schools are likely to amass a collection of devices that do not constitute a comprehensive solution. Lack of consensus In years past, the our industry and commercial buildings adhered to legacy codes – like Building Officials and Code Administrators International Inc. (BOCA), Uniform Building Code (UBC), Southern Building Code Congress International Inc. (SBBCI), and International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) – which have traditionally been revised every three years, while local jurisdictions decided what versions to adopt and enforce. Currently, however, there is a move toward the International Building Code (IBC), which is published by the International Code Council (ICC) and includes standards and guidance for commercial buildings on doors, windows, and other openings.A risk assessment is the next step toward developing a comprehensive security plan, and begins with developing a trend analysis Still, despite this migration of codes from a patchwork of local decisions to global guidelines, there remains a lack of consensus around school security. The current fragmented approach causes confusion regarding how new schools are designed and how to retrofit existing school buildings, whose average age is 45+ years. Right protection equipment One can point to the fact that there hasn’t been one student lost in a school fire in over 50 years as testament to standards like NFPA 80 and NFPA 101 being referenced in model building codes. Additionally, schools incorporate evacuation drills as part of their emergency preparedness plans and practice on a regular basis. It’s not just having the right protection equipment in the building, it’s also having a procedural layer in place to make sure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities in the event of fire. The stress of the actual event can limit ones’ ability to think clearly. Practice makes perfect. Why would we approach school security any differently? School security is a team effort, and it is important to understand all the areas security impacts and involves School security is a team effort. It is important to understand all the areas security impacts and involves. PASS suggests starting with a basic team consisting of: Security Director Local Law Enforcement School Administrator Integrator Door and Hardware Consultant IT Director Comprehensive security plan Quantifying and mitigating risk are the jobs of security professionals and school administrators A risk assessment is the next step toward developing a comprehensive security plan. This often begins with conducting a trend analysis requiring the collection of data from a variety of public and private sources. The challenge is to pull these pieces into a usable and easily understood format that provides a guide for current and future risk concerns. Risk assessment and mitigation can never eliminate risk. Quantifying and mitigating risk are the jobs of security professionals and school administrators. Data from the following sources can help measure risk: Campus: Review incident report trends for at least the past 36 months. Area and city: Review crime data from local law enforcement for the surrounding neighborhood and city. Screening procedures: How is hiring conducted? Anonymous tip reporting systems: Enabling students, staff members, parents and the community to anonymously alert administrators to perceived and actual threats. Social media monitoring: such monitoring can provide important information that can be used to identify risks. Monitoring social media could help measure risk for school safety Delay adversarial behaviors These assessments can then be incorporated into the best practice approach of Layered Security. Layered security combines best practice components within each layer that effectively deter, detect and delay adversarial behaviors. Layered security works from the outside in. As one layer is bypassed, another layer provides an additional level of protection. The asset being protected is at the center of the layers – students, staff and authorised visitors. PASS defines five layers of Security:As one layer is bypassed, another layer provides an additional level of protection District Wide Property Perimeter Parking Lot Perimeter Building Perimeter Classroom/Interior Perimeter Appropriate Tier target Each layer can be broken down into Tier levels with Tier 1 being basic and Tier 4 being the highest level of security (Figure 1) . It is important to understand that the demographics of individual school buildings varies, even within the same district. Security experts will quickly point out that ‘if you’ve seen one school, you’ve seen one school’. The assessments will determine the appropriate Tier target. Figure 1 Each layer includes essential protective elements, or components, of security. Every layer does not necessarily include all seven of these common components, and a layer may include additional components unique to that particular layer. Safety and security components Policies & Procedures People (roles & training) Architectural Communication Access Control Video Surveillance Detection and Alarms While components are not listed in a priority order, three components included in all layers are policies and procedures, the roles and training of people, and communication. These components often perform a function in every layer and every tier in each layer. Three tools come together in the PASS approach as outlined in the new 4th Edition of the PASS Guidelines (Figure 2) - the Layers are established and defined, a Checklist/Assessment breaks down each layer into tiered best practices which then tie into the guidelines where a narrative explains each best practice in more detail. Figure 2 Schools need not reinvent the wheel when it comes to school security planning. Following the best practices of Risk Assessments and Layered Security will ensure that every school building in a district will have a unique and comprehensive plan that is tailored to their individual needs.
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.
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.
The attack on Parliament in London is another reminder that a facility's security is only as strong as its weakest point. In this case, it was a frequently used gate in New Palace Yard that was left unlocked. Known as Carriage Gates, the entrance is generally monitored by police officers. Could the weakness have led to the attack? Could the attack have been prevented (or minimised) if the gate had been bolted shut? Planned ‘complete security overhaul’ Finger pointing in the wake of such incidents may seem counterproductive, but there is value in assessing any lessons learned. Reports of a planned "complete security overhaul" in the wake of the London attack make sense. In any case, the existing security procedures likely minimised the impact of the attack, which could have been even worse and more deadly. As it was, a terrorist drove a vehicle down a Westminster Bridge pavement crowded with pedestrians and into a perimeter fence. Getting out of the car, the man stabbed the first officer he encountered after entering the unlocked gate; the officer later died of his wounds. Five people were killed, including the attacker, who was shot to death. Twenty-nine were wounded, including seven reported in critical condition. The low-tech, rudimentary nature of the attack is another reminder of the changing face of terrorism The changing face of terrorism The low-tech, rudimentary nature of the attack is another reminder of the changing face of terrorism. Previous emphasis on elaborate, carefully planned attacks seems to have given way to a more barebones approach to creating terror: Simply drive a vehicle into a crowd of people. Planning more elaborate attacks tends to involve more people and could leave an electronic trail to enable security and anti-terrorism agencies to uncover plots before they can be carried out. In contrast, driving a vehicle into a crowd is easier, might involve fewer perpetrators and likely needs little advanced planning. Successful detection of more elaborate plots has led terrorism groups to resort to the simpler route. Several terrorist-related web sites have reportedly encouraged followers to use vehicles as weapons of terrorism. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the London attack. The plan was simple and almost undetectable until it happened. Vehicle barriers Vehicle barriers can help prevent such attacks, whether concrete or moveable bollards, steel fencing, crash-rated portable barriers, or other measures. They are currently used all over the world, including government buildings and high-profile locales where pedestrians might gather. The Elysee Palace is fortified by high walls and steel fencesand is restricted from trafficand protected by armed patrols For example, Berlin's Reichstag has fences in front of the building's main entrance and is surrounded by low concrete blocks, although it is largely accessible to the public with no fences on the other sides. The European Parliament headquarters in Brussels is protected by low steel bollards on the roadside, and the French National Assembly's front gates are protected by concrete bollards to prevent high-speed ramming. France's Elysee Palace is fortified by high walls and steel fences, and is restricted from traffic and protected by armed patrols. Vehicle traffic around the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., is restricted; steel railings several feet high, also encircled by steel bollards and chains, protect the perimeter of the White House. Such venues will be the subject of new security evaluations, even as Britons look for answers about how the latest attack could have been prevented. The challenge is that any weak spot could be the point of entry for the next tragedy.
Sports fans and festival goers will enjoy greater peace of mind from vehicle as a weapon (VAAW) attacks with the arrival of a new lightweight rapid-deploy vehicle security barrier (VSB). The Rapid Defender temporary VSB was deployed in minutes to protect spectators and competitors from VAAW threat at the London Marathon and at football stadia and events the length and breadth of the country. Rosehill Security, a manufacturer of perimeter security solutions, has created the innovative hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barrier, made up of robust units of recycled rubber weighing just 49kg each. More than 150 people have died in 18 months of VAAW in cities from London to Manhattan and Melbourne – and just last week, Toronto Fast deployment StadiumTM – a specialist event services supplier of traffic management, stewarding, security and training services to the events industry that protects crowds at Premier League and EFL clubs, festivals and city-wide events – is extolling its benefits. Founder, owner and MD David McAtamney says: “We want to change the face of crowd safety through HVM barriers. The Rapid Defender makes this a reality because of its speed of deployment – our teams installed 13m of the barrier in just five minutes at the London Marathon!” More than 150 people have died in 18 months of VAAW in cities from London to Manhattan and Melbourne – and just last week, Toronto. Rosehill Security has designed the Rapid Defender specifically to provide protection for crowds of people from such attacks. Integration for enhanced security Sales manager Dalton Marshall says: “It is surface-mounted with no foundations and weighs less than a third of comparable concrete barriers, so can be deployed in minutes almost anywhere, from the streets surrounding stadia to uneven festival sites.” The Perimeter Security Suppliers Association has launched a new online source of help and information on HVM – the HVMHubThe 333mm-wide units are connected by 20mm diameter steel cables or rods, creating an HVM barrier of any length. Four men can manually install a barrier across the width of a road in less than five minutes with no special tools or lifting equipment. It can then be removed and reused. The Rapid Defender can be anchored or integrated with other temporary or permanent HVM systems to create a stronger physical barrier as part of a holistic HVM solution. The Perimeter Security Suppliers Association (PSSA), to which Rosehill Security belongs, has just launched a new online source of help and information on HVM – the HVMHub – in conjunction with the Home Office’s Joint Security and Resilience Centre.
Delta Scientific, manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, has announced that Delta's innovative MP5000 portable barrier systems were selected to protect people attending the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games held from 4-15 April on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, included 4,400 athletes from 70 Commonwealth nations throughout the world, competing in 19 championship sports. It was the largest sporting event in Australia since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Organisers required a vehicle access system that could be rapidly deployed and would create secure vehicle check points that carried crash-certification. It was important for the Games' operations that access for emergency and authorised vehicles was maintained through the duration of the event" Hostile vehicle mitigation Security focus had begun years prior to the games. The focus went beyond hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) measures to include various other identified security risks. Perimeter security measures were aligned with the recently implemented Australia and New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC) strategy for the protection of places of mass gatherings. A core element of this strategy was the effective and practical implementation of HVM measures at key locations. As the Australian partner of Delta Scientific, Knight Brothers Pty Ltd secured the contract for the vehicle barrier systems in late 2017 and liaised closely with organisers to ensure that specific security measures could be achieved through implementing Delta's unique barrier systems. "Barriers protected major event venues including the main games stadium, Gold Coast Convention Centre, the Athletes Village and critical street closures throughout the Gold Coast area," reports Matthew Knight, director of Knight Brothers. "It was important for the Games' operations that access for emergency and authorised vehicles was maintained through the duration of the event.” Delta MP5000 portable barriers "The primary use of the 20-foot (6m) Delta portable barriers was in public areas where ground fixation or in-situ HVM measures were not practical or achievable," Matthew Knight adds. "Barriers were deployed in a variety of configurations in order to meet security and access needs. This included direct access points as well as heightened temporary security check points with stringent vehicle inspections undertaken by Australian Defense Force personnel. Secure access points at other locations were operated by contracted security personnel." Knight Brothers worked closely with Delta Scientific to adapt certain elements of the barrier systems to meet the needs of the Commonwealth Games Delta's MP5000 portable barricades can be installed in 15 minutes or less to protect streets, entrances or wide expanses such as access to pedestrian areas. They protect people and critical infrastructures at public events and places of mass gathering, such as the Commonwealth Games. These mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers carry a recognised K8 rating (M40 ASTM rating). They lower to let vehicles through but, when raised, they will stop a 6800 kg vehicle traveling 64 km/h. At the Games, stand-alone battery operated hydraulic systems with supplementary solar power charging and remote-control operation activated the barriers and allowed a high rate of vehicle throughput in meeting specific operational requirements. Knight Brothers worked closely with Delta Scientific to adapt certain elements of the barrier systems to meet the needs of the Commonwealth Games. This included the ability to externally power the system through Australian compliant methods such as mains power or solar power arrays. Barrier deployment "Training of barrier deployment and operation were conducted directly to Commonwealth Games security staff during barrier delivery and commissioning. This ensured seamless integration of the systems across the various deployment locations," reports Daniel Knight, director of Knight Brothers. "We were very proud to be a part of this prestigious sporting event and to provide the first known deployment of portable active vehicle barriers systems on Australian soil. With the continued support of industry leading Delta Scientific, we look forward to expanding our offering to Australian event and venue organisers, to enable them to meet their ever-increasing requirements of temporary HVM measures," Daniel Knight adds.
An £8.7m visitor centre to open up access to one of the East End’s ‘open-air lungs’ has been completed at a strategic 500-acre Thames Water site. The Walthamstow Wetlands project allows visitors to enjoy and learn about the Walthamstow Reservoirs’ distinctive built and natural heritage, which is unique in London. Because the area includes water treatment stations and other operational sites, it needed protection to separate public areas from CNI zones, for which Thames Water has ordered security fencing through Binns Fencing. Binns have installed ArmaWeave, HiSec and Axiom steel mesh from parent company Zaun around strategic Thames Water assets, while Duo fencing, sliding gates and railings have been included at all main entrances. Oak Habitat gates and post and wire fencing provide a more natural boundary to non-secure areas. The principal contractor of the project was London-based construction company Rooff, a family-run business with a track record stretching back 100 years. The area’s distinctive nature stems from the site’s importance as a historic operational landscape that supplies drinking water to London, and its rich biodiversity, which is of international importance for water birds.The concept is to create a ‘green core’ of naturalised landscape at the heart of the reservoir complex Safe naturalised landscape The concept is to create a ‘green core’ of naturalised landscape at the heart of the reservoir complex with a generous pathway through the centre of the site and connecting to the strategic pedestrian and cycle route through the middle of the Lee Valley. The project was designed by architect Witherford Watson Mann and landscape architects KLA, with engineers P3r and TALL, consultants Studio Dekka and collaborating organisation Counterculture also involved. The reservoirs’ importance as a potential nature reserve was recognised as early as 1945 by Professor Patrick Abercrombie, who said, “A series of great reservoirs [is] acquiring a charm of [its] own as trees grow round them and on their little islands – they are becoming nature reserves for large numbers of birds and the resort of privileged fisherman.” “These areas are a great open-air lung to the crowded East End – their preservation is essential...Every piece of open land should be welded into a great regional reservation.”
Delta Scientific, a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, has announced that a YouTube video from Bay Area TV station KBCW demonstrates how Delta's portable vehicle barriers protected last weekend's Fremont Street Festival which had an attendance projected at up to 300,000 people. The 2 1/2 minute video demonstrates how the barriers work, provides a background of why they are needed by showing the tragedies at London and Nice when terrorists mowed down pedestrians and interviews several Fremont people involved with the festival. Mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers "We don't want people to worry about their safety," expresses Lt. Matt Snelson of the Fremont Police Department. Ed Fonseca, president of Fun & Game Rentals, who is in charge of many of the festival rides, relates that, in the past, festival operatives had to park their own cars in the entrances to help guard festival attendees. With the portable barricades, the entrances are closed to traffic but can be lowered to let authorised law enforcement and delivery vehicles through. The 12 totally self-contained MP5000's were towed to the 12 entrances into the festival to control vehicle access within 15 minutes apiece. No excavation or sub-surface preparation was required. Once positioned, the mobile barricades unpacked themselves by using hydraulics to raise and lower the barriers off their wheels. DC-powered pumps then raised the barriers to keep vehicles out or lowered the barrier to let vehicles through. The mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers can stop a 7.5 tonne (6400 Kg) vehicle traveling 40 mph (64 kph). The video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW3Vw8ySt-w.
Vehicle attack is a harsh reality in our modern society and large public gatherings, such as sports events, are considered to be potential terrorist targets. A baseball stadium, its fans and the American pastime are all at risk. In fact, way back in March 2005, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identified a dozen possible strikes it viewed most devastating, including a truck bombing of a sports arena. In creating new stadiums or refurbishing present sites, sports organisations are making security a prime requisite. Multi-level security approach On a recent project to secure a new urban Major League baseball stadium, a multi-level approach was used to protect against car- and truck-bomb attacks, as well as guarding against errant drivers. Vehicle access control devises included crash-rated shallow foundation bollards, surface mount barricades and gates. However, the security solutions implemented were only half the story. Since stadium construction works on a fast and rigid schedule, the other half was completing the project within a very short time frame. Opening day was set a year in advance with tens of thousands of fans planning to show up on that special day. Satisfying all of the stakeholders, including owners, city planning, police commissioners, architects, security engineers, construction management and contractors took time and patience. When all was said and done, there was little time left for manufacturing and installation. Assuring truck- and car-bombers strike out A stadium penetrated at any point by a car bomber can create a tragedy. Thus, the first line of defence was to encircle the entire stadium to make sure that terrorists or errant drivers could not get to the stadium facility itself. At the same time, though, there had to be the consideration that the bollards were being installed in an urban area with a series of infrastructure networks below ground. As there would be no need for them to ever be lowered to let any vehicle through, shallow foundation fixed bollards were efficient for such a job. The modules also meet the 1-meter clearance regulations mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Vehicle entrances to the stadium were controlled and protected using Delta DSC1200 surface-mounted vehicle barricades With a foundation only 35 cm. deep, Delta’s DSC 600 Shallow Foundation Bollards were selected and installed. These 2-bollard modules, which can be arrayed in whatever length is required, will stop and destroy a 6804 kg truck travelling 80 km per hour. Their shallow foundation obviates the concerns of interference with buried water, gas and fuel pipes, storm drains, power lines and fibre optic communication lines. They also reduced installation complexity, time, materials and corresponding costs by eliminating the major installation problems of traditional barriers caused by rough surfaces and turns. Since conventional barriers require surface areas to be completely leveled on curves, setbacks often end up too close to the facility. By simply staggering the DSC600 bollard modules, installers were able to provide protection to shallow underpinnings locales with uneven approaches and those with curves. They blend into curves, rough terrain or inclines easily and setbacks can be as short as two feet, providing a much greater safety cushion for the facility. Delta vehicle entrance bollards Traditional bollards also have foundations that are five or more feet in depth and are encircled with a web of steel rebar. Since the DSC600 bollards are supplied with their own “rebar” attached, installation is faster. In some places, it was more appropriate to use Delta DSC650 shallow foundation bollard arrays, a downscaled version of the DSC600 arrays that will stop 2268 kg vehicles going 80 kph. Their foundation is only 30.5 cm. deep. They are also supplied with steel reinforcing mesh welded in place so that no additional rebar is needed. Circling the ballpark were twenty-three variations of these bollard modules, to accommodate corners, height, lift out features and crash rating requirements. Vehicle entrances to the stadium were controlled and protected using Delta DSC1200 surface-mounted surface mount vehicle barricades while others used low profile SC3000 cantilevered gates. With no drainage or underground utilities issues, installation was much faster, as the schedule dictated Electro-mechanical barricades The surface-mounted electro-mechanical high security barricades, which will stop a 6804 kg. vehicle going 64.4 kph, are kept in an upright position and lowered to let a vehicle through. They needed no foundation except a cement slab. Simply bolting the barricades to a slab instead of having to dig a trench reduced installation complexity, time, materials and corresponding costs. With no drainage or underground utilities issues, installation was much faster, as the schedule dictated. In addition, the ballpark selected the electro-mechanical version barricades. The units simply plug into a120v/15A wall socket. With no hydraulics involved, installation was easier and faster. Plus, the electro-mechanical barricades provide a greener solution. Three entrances are protected by SC3000 crash-rated cantilevered sliding gates. They will stop a 6804 kg. vehicle going 61kph. The vehicle stopping structure of the gate is the lower section and, at this ballpark, sliding gates with a low height was aesthetically pleasing to the facility while still providing protection. Definitely a Crash Project With the tight construction schedule, everything had to be planned almost to the minute. Engineering, planning, manufacturing and delivery of 18 truckloads of bollards, barriers and gates had to be completed within eight weeks of order to assure the contractor delivered a secure stadium for Opening Day. The delivery sequence was planned right down to how each truck was loaded. As each two-bollard module was lifted off the truck, it was set in place with a cement truck following directly behind. The project was wrapped up with just-in-time delivery of decorative fibreglass covers custom-made for the project’s bollards. The delivery truck pulled up, the covers were dropped onto each bollard and a crew followed along with security bolts. The next day, the fans arrived.
At present, the United States Border Patrol operates 71 traffic checkpoints, including 33 permanent sites along the border Delta Scientific, the manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, announces that not only is it developing new products to take on the increased protection of vehicle checkpoints between the United States and Mexico as part of the Trump Administration's plan to better secure the border but it is also designing new manufacturing flexibilities into its planning cycles. The projects will require growing numbers of hydraulic barricades, bollards, traffic control barriers, portable barricades, beam barriers, sliding gates and guard booths. Upgrading Mexican border vehicle checkpoints "While the projects have not yet been funded, plans are already being created to upgrade vehicle checkpoints along the 1250 miles of the U.S./Mexican border," reports Greg Hamm, vice president of sales and marketing for Delta Scientific. "Once building commences, the government wants all checkpoints operational in less than three years." At present, the United States Border Patrol operates 71 traffic checkpoints, including 33 permanent sites along the border. 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. Over the years, Delta has implemented vehicle crossing protection at many of the most secure sites including El Paso San Ysidro project The most recent Delta project at San Ysidro provides a glimpse into what future point of entry checkpoints will entail. Located between San Diego and Tijuana, it is the busiest land port in the world, processing an average of 50,000 northbound vehicles per day and features 50 custom-designed bullet-resistant guard booths, K4 rated swing gates, barriers and bollards. In addition to the booths, products in the $5 million project also included beam barricades that are counter-balanced, hinged semaphore type gates consisting of a crash beam, support and pivot assembly, steel foundation implants, cast-in-place concrete buttresses, and locking and anchoring mechanisms. The crash beam incorporates a high strength wire rope that is firmly attached to both buttresses when the crash beam is in the down position. In a collision, the energy of the impact is transmitted through the crash beam to the buttress and the foundation.
Round table discussion
When a big security breach occurs, the phones start ringing at security companies, or so the expectation goes. The nature of security is that it takes a security breach, or even a high-profile tragedy, to convince managers of the need for security technology. When a school shooting occurs, schools take note. When terrorism strikes a soft target, other vulnerable institutions notice. Same for hospitals and airports and even nightclubs. When an event occurs, it gets attention that could translate into business for security companies of various types. But should security companies seek to capitalise on these opportunities? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Is it fair game for manufacturers or marketers to leverage recent violent incidents or terrorist attacks to promote sales of security systems or products?
Sometimes you see it coming and want to scream out: “Don’t do that.” We all make mistakes, but it’s hard to sit and watch others as they go down the wrong path. It’s especially difficult when the errant party is a customer, and when their wrong move might somehow end up reflecting badly on you as a technology or security systems provider. Much better to anticipate the problem by expecting the possible mistake before it happens. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Round Table: What is the biggest mistake you see your customers make when it comes to buying or installing security or surveillance systems?
There’s almost no such thing as a local business anymore. Even the smallest of entrepreneurs find they have immediate access to a global marketplace via the Internet, and larger companies continue to find new ways to maximise their successes throughout the world. We asked our panellists this week to comment on how they see globalisation impacting the physical security market. Their broad-ranging responses emphasis the opportunities and challenges of succeeding the global marketplace.