Leaders in the security industry, government and technology gathered on June 27-28 in Washington, D.C., as the Security Industry Association (SIA) hosted its 2018 GovSummit. Each year, SIA GovSummit offers top-quality information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and local agencies. This year’s summit tackled key security and policy issues like moving security services to the cloud, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for surveillance and...
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 p...
Hostile vehicle mitigation specialist, Heald has been shortlisted for two awards at the inaugural Counter Terror Business Awards. The Hornsea-based company has secured nominations in two categories- ‘Outstanding Contribution to Counter Terrorism’ and ‘Perimeter Protection Award’. Heald chosen to secure New Orleans’ historic French Quarter Heald’s inclusion on the shortlist for these awards comes after they were recently appointed by the New Orleans Office o...
Delta Scientific, the leading manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, announced that Keith Bobrosky, who has been a project manager with the company for eleven years, has been awarded with a new title, senior vice president. Delta East Coast sales team Bobrosky started with Delta Scientific as a barrier applications engineer, tasked with completing the installation of dozens of systems for the U.S. Air Force. Soon thereafter, he...
In 2017 we saw a lot of new construction projects, and many existing buildings upgraded their security systems to include high-resolution cameras and better-quality recording systems. Because the economy is stronger, many businesses and municipalities increased their security budgets for large-scale and public projects due to terrorism threats in public places. Smart cities became more popular One of the bigger trends we saw in 2017 is the growing popularity of smart cities...
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,...
Delta Scientific, a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, has announced that its new patent pending crash rated TB100 portable bollard system will let law enforcement and other security providers promptly block access to temporary venues where vehicles can be used as weapons against large numbers of pedestrians. Individual portable bollards provide vehicle barricades in applications such as heavily travelled narrow walkways and roadways or any area that a vehicle can get through. They can also be used as substitutes until permanent bollard systems get installed. TB100 portable bollards Up to five TB100 portable bollards can be linked together with a cable system and be placed on a road's surface to create immediate protection for a span of 20 feet (6 m). No other installation procedures, excavations or sub-surface preparations are required. Certified testing demonstrates that a TB100 portable bollard system will stop and disable a 15,000 pound (6,804 kg) vehicle traveling at 30 mph (48.3 kph), resulting in an ASTM M30, P3 rating. A single TB100 bollard absorbs 400,000 foot pounds of kinetic energy. The barriers can protect people at public events such as parades, festivals and sporting weekends "This is a remarkable result for a light-weight portable bollard system that requires no excavation or attachment to the roadway," emphasises David Dickinson, senior vice president of Delta Scientific. "It can be placed on any stable surface such as concrete, asphalt, compacted soil or vegetation to quickly protect people and property against aggravated automobile or truck assault." Public event safety According to Dickinson, the TB100 temporary bollards can be used to close off streets, entrances or wide expanses such as access to pedestrian areas or even airport runways. They can be installed in conjunction with Delta's popular MP5000 portable barricade to fill in any gaps to protect people and critical infrastructures at public events such as parades, festivals, sporting weekends and any place that vehicles could attack transitory events. The combination of the portable barriers with the new portable bollards provides fast controlled vehicle access without the time and labour of installation. "From a purchasing standpoint, it can be easier to buy portable bollards and barricades than permanent solutions," adds Dickinson. "The latter are oftentimes placed into an organisation's real assets budget because they are permanently installed into the ground, becoming part of the property. Such budgets can often create complex purchasing scenarios for law enforcement or public safety departments. However, purchasing portable bollards and barricades is no different than buying protective vests for personnel or new sets of wrenches for the maintenance department."
A British-designed road block system, which can withstand the force of a 5,500lbs vehicle travelling at 30mph, is headed to the United States in response to last week’s New York City terrorist attack in Manhattan. ATG Access Surface Guard Surface Guard has been developed by ATG Access, an innovator of bollard and vehicle barrier systems. Surface Guard is the first system of its kind designed to protect pedestrians from targeted vehicle attacks, and meets the latest international standards, along with a full suite of independent testing. With the holiday season approaching and more events likely taking place, hundreds of Surface Guard units will be dispatched to the US by the end of November to deter possible attackers from targeting crowded locations. Unlike many traditional barriers, no heavy machinery is required to install the Surface Guard system. Four men can close off a roadway in under an hour. Designed to allow pedestrians and cyclists to flow freely through the system, Surface Guard has also been developed to allow emergency vehicles to pass through access points if necessary. Success stories Surface Guard has already successfully protected cycle lanes and roads at Europe’s largest fireworks display in Stockton-on-Tees on Bonfire Night 2017, and received positive reviews from security forces and the general public in the UK, after multiple deployments in crowded places. Later this month, the Surface Guard system will be demonstrated at the US’s largest annual security convention ISC East, in New York City. ATG’s American partner, Ameristar Security Products, will be exhibiting and showcasing the product. Stopping terrorism now Gary Hart, Ameristar Perimeter Security Director of Vehicle Barriers, notes: “We’ve seen first-hand the devastating trail of destruction and loss these attacks leave behind, but they keep happening time and time again. In the wake of the Manhattan attack, there have been calls to install old style physical protections around pedestrian areas and crowded places, but installing these types of permanent bollards and barriers will take several weeks or months to deploy. “There is no need for municipalities to wait and leave popular, crowded areas unprotected. We can’t wait for another attack to happen. We have to put a stop to them now, and ATG Access’ Surface Guard can do just that.”
On 19th December, 2016, the news exploded with information about a vehicle attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that killed at least 12 people and injured more than 50 others. Less than a month before, the US State Department had warned about such attacks in public places throughout Europe, saying that extremist groups including the Islamic State and Al Qaeda were planning to focus on such locales during the Holiday Season. Two types of vehicle access point To stop these attacks, security professionals need to be cognizant of two different types of vehicle access point for such incidents to occur. The first would be in a location where the primary use is pedestrian but, frequently, vehicles need to pass through. An example could be a square in which the maintenance truck comes through to clean the square periodically. Other areas could be those locations with restricted parking. At a hospital, it may the entrance to the emergency unit. Such access points are well served by bollards, some moveable that go up and down to let vehicles through and others fixed or stationary. The other access points are those that are temporary. At a stadium, traffic may need rerouting for sporting weekends. A hospital might be having an open house. In either case, sections normally open to traffic will be closed to create pedestrian paths and gathering points. However, these areas still have a need for delivery trucks and certain other authorised vehicles to enter. These locations are best protected with crash-rated portable barriers that erect in 15 minutes and are then removed once the event is over. Bollards: The most used permanent solutions Bollards are aesthetically pleasing and let pedestrians move between them in non-roadway applications. Bollard systems operate individually or in groups. They are used for intermediate level security applications. Individual bollards are up to 32 cm in diameter, up to 88.9 cm high and are usually mounted on 0.9-1.5 m centres. They are tested to stop and destroy an attacking vehicle weighing 4536 kg moving at 104 kph or a 9072 kg vehicle moving at 74 kph. Typically kept in the "up" position to stop traffic, moveable bollards can lower to allow vehicles through. Terrorists typically don't go where they see barricades, so placing them wherever possible attacks can happen reduces security risks dramatically Ranging from faceted, fluted, tapered, rings and ripples, colors, pillars, to shields, emblems and logos, bollards look nice and are versatile. Buyers can specify ornamental steel trim attached directly to the bollard, or select cast aluminum sleeves, which slip right over the crash tube. Bollards can be galvanised for corrosion resistance, fitted with an internal warning light for increased visibility and engineered to suit high traffic volume. If damaged, simply slip off the old and slip on the new. Fixed post bollards are available to secure the sides of roadways with the same crash rating and appearance as their moveable cousins. Versus cement barriers such as posts and pots, many entertainment locations prefer fixed post bollards for several reasons. First of all, 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. Temporary barriers By their very nature, terrorist attacks are unpredictable and predicated on surprise. Staying one step ahead by identifying vulnerable areas and securing them is critical to staving off vehicular attacks. That means being able to deploy security equipment in tough conditions, at a moment's notice. Such equipment has existed for several years in the forms of portable temporary barriers. Terrorists typically don't go where they see barricades, so placing them wherever possible attacks can happen reduces security risks dramatically. Temporary barriers are often used to protect facilities while permanent ones are being built. Plus they've even been effective for the long-term where physical conditions preclude permanent solutions. Staying one step ahead by identifying vulnerable areas and securing them is criticalto staving off vehicular attacks Their most common use, though, is for when vehicle access is required temporarily. Parking for a football game, a grand opening and open houses are temporary events needing only a temporary solution. These barriers can be deployed quickly and effectively, even in places where it's impossible to excavate for a permanent foundation. Mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers Moveable self-contained barricades can be towed into position to control vehicle access within 15 minutes. These mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers carry a M40 rating, stopping 13,608 kg vehicles traveling 64 kph. No excavation or sub-surface preparation is required. Once towed into position, the portable barricade uses DC-powered hydraulic pumps to unpack and raise and lower itself off its wheels. There is no hand cranking. Wheels are stored along the sides and the vehicle ramps fold out, completing the implementation. To move the barrier from that spot to another, the procedures are just reversed. Protecting people from vehicle attack is no small responsibility; it's becoming mandatory. Knowing that you've got the right equipment in place to secure the event from vehicle threat and prevent what is becoming all too common human tragedy brings a peace of mind that no amount of money can buy. Carefully researching available options and consulting with experts will ultimately lead to the right solution in helping you protect your campus from vehicle-based terrorism.
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.
The SOSEC range meets the challenges of combining security with mobility, solar power, durability, and flexibility The future looks bright for Maidstone-based Green Gate Access Systems as the company powers up to meet significant demand for its SOSEC solar powered range of products launched last autumn. This revolutionary new approach to securing worksites has proved a hit with new and existing clients, including Keir Living and Taylor Wimpey, who have rolled the system out to 40 UK sites to date, and concrete product supplier, TARMAC who are planning a UK wide roll out this year. Growth potential Its adaptability has attracted interest from other sectors—with the highways market seen as having great growth potential. In readiness, Green Gate Access Systems and Kent based Highways Care have adapted the product for road and highways projects. The success to date has put the company back on the front foot after a year in which its offices in Bircholt Road, Maidstone suffered hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage following a fire at a neighbouring part of the site. The company is set to move to bigger premises nearby next month. This new start for the company—in a unit six times the size of their existing base—will help support future expansion with more space for production and storage, plus new training facilities and a product showroom. SOSEC solar powered range Neil Sampson, Managing Director, Green Gate Access Systems, said: “We have been delighted with the reception so far to the SOSEC concept – but believe there is so much more potential.” “We have been delighted with the reception so far to the SOSEC concept—but believe there is so much more potential” “Our belief from the start has been that the SOSEC mobile temporary security technology has the potential to be a game changer, and from the interest received it’s clear that the demands is there.” “2016 was our 10th year in business, a cause for celebration tempered by the fire which risked destroying everything we had built up. When things like this happen, you have to dig deep and get on with it and I was lucky to have a fantastic team in place to do just that. As it turned out, we enjoyed our most successful year to date and with our new offices and the successful launch of the SOSEC range of products the future is looking good, allowing us to plan for future expansion.” Public safety and work site security Green Gate Access Systems developed the SOSEC concept to answer a growing need to provide public safety and work site security where power provision is not practical, but security demands are high. The product meets the challenges of combining security with mobility, solar power, durability and flexibility, brought together in a single easy to deliver platform that can be adapted to suit work site demands. SOSEC’s solar power and power storage ability are unique, and allow the product to be used up to 900 times a day, all year round, even through a British winter. It can also be delivered as a battery only version for up to one month’s use in very temporary sites.
The HD200 is the fastest operating standard vehicle barrier in the market Delta Scientific, a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, announced that over 200 government officials and security professionals in the Birmingham, Alabama, area attended demonstrations of Delta's wide line of anti-terrorism vehicle barriers, bollards, crash-rated gates and other equipment, including new products, on November 2, from 10 am to 4 pm at Regions Field Stadium in Birmingham. Visitors were able to see and learn so much in the course of a few hours due to the number of exhibitors in addition to Delta that featured complimentary products such as perimeter fencing, under vehicle detection and integration services. "We were excited to see such a high number of direct government end users and decision makers," emphasised Delta Scientific Vice President of Sales Keith Bobrosky. "We are gearing up for our next show in Seattle in early Spring and anticipate even larger turnouts from here on out." HD2000 wedge barrier A very popular demonstration stand was Delta's new K4 HD200 barrier which was built for high traffic locations requiring rapid emergency fast operation (EFO) rates and open/close cycles. With a 0.63 second EFO and a 2-5 second normal operation rate, the HD200 is the fastest operating standard vehicle barrier in the market. In addition, it features a crash rating of ASTM M30/P1. That means it will bring to a full stop a 7.5-ton medium duty truck travelling 30 mph in less than 3.3 feet. "The first look at the new HD200 K4 Wedge Barrier was very well received by our military and commercial clients alike," adds Bobrosky. "The potential for high vehicle throughput rates were a good fit for many of our clients looking for a high-speed unit. In addition, our electro-mechanical finger wedge barrier gathered even more interest since our unveiling last year. The compact, self-contained nature of the unit intrigued many of our guests." HD2055 electric finger wedge barrier The HD2055 electric finger wedge barrier decisively stopped a 15,000-pound (6,803 kg) test vehicle traveling at 51 mph (82 kph) in a recent crash test conducted by an independent testing laboratory. 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. Save
Delta Scientific, a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, announced that it has partnered with Knight Brothers Pty Ltd, based out of Sydney, Australia, to provide security professionals and public space operators with crash-rated vehicle mitigation solutions that protect people and facilities. Knight Brothers recently also secured a contract for a major upcoming event in Australia, to be held in spring, that will feature eleven Delta MP5000 portable barriers. Crash-certified vehicle protection measures "Australia is developing an increased focus in this space, highlighted by a recent national strategy relating to the practical implementation of suitable measures to protect places of mass gathering.", emphasizes Dr Daniel Knight, director of Knight Brothers. "Having been involved in the high-security industry and working closely with Delta Scientific for some years, it was clear that Australian venue, event and public space operators were facing various challenges implementing temporary and deployable vehicle protection measures, which were crash-certified to international standards." Knight adds, "Knight Brothers offer government and commercial clients the ability to procure high-quality and certified vehicle protection solutions from an Australian-owned and operated company that is supported by global leader, Delta Scientific. We have already developed a strong response from operators of some of Australia's leading sporting stadiums and event venues and will be seeing Delta's portable barrier systems in use from early 2018." Mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers carry a recognised K8 rating Specialised portable barrier Delta's MP5000 portable barricades and TB100 temporary bollards can be installed in 15 minutes or less to protect streets, entrances or wide expanses such as access to pedestrian areas or even airport runways. They protect people and critical infrastructures at public events such as parades, festivals, sporting weekends and any place where vehicles could attack transitory events. Mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers carry a recognised K8 rating (M40 ASTM rating), stopping a 6400 kg vehicle traveling at speeds of up to 64 km/h. "Australian security professionals are very lucky to have Knight Brothers available to help them with their expanding vehicle protection needs," said Greg Hamm, Delta Scientific vice president of marketing and sales. "After providing years of engineering and construction security hardening guidance to Australian clients, including vehicle protection equipment, Daniel Knight is an extremely valuable resource to both Australian security professionals and end users,” adds Hamm.
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.
The HD cameras combine ANPR with advanced analytics to accurately capture the number plate of each vehicle A Videalert CCTV-based ANPR system has been installed at the University of Hertfordshire to control rising bollards at two main entrances to the De Havilland Campus at Hatfield. The installation has been completed by Eurovia Infrastructure Ltd (a Vinci Group Company) on behalf of Ringway, a provider of highway maintenance services to local authorities under the seven-year Hertfordshire Term Contract. The new system will provide a safe pedestrian area within the busy campus which houses over 2700 members of staff and a student community of more than 24,500. Automation of rising bollards The Videalert system has been deployed on a hosted basis to automate the control of the rising bollards which restrict access to the campus to authorised vehicles only. The HD cameras combine ANPR with advanced analytics to accurately capture the number plate of each vehicle approaching the bollards. When an authorised vehicle is recognised, the system communicates directly with the MACS bollard control system to automatically allow access. “This installation demonstrates that the Videalert platform has the flexibility to handle multiple traffic management and enforcement applications simultaneously with ease,” commented Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert. Number plates of authorised vehicles are stored on a ‘whitelist’ which is stored and managed using a secure hosted server. To ensure that this list is always up to date, the server communicates directly with each bollard location on an hourly basis to apply any updates or changes made by authorised users via a web browser. Should a vehicle not be on the ‘whitelist’, the bus operator has to call the control centre which can override the system and manually lower the bollards. Major improvements The CCTV-based system provides major improvements over the previous RFID-based system as it eliminates situations where authorised vehicles are unable to gain access as drivers have forgotten or misplaced their tags along with the resulting traffic jams and delays caused by drivers having to call the central control room using their mobile phones to request access. “The Videalert system will provide greater control over the number of vehicles entering the campus to improve safety for all staff and students,” added Tim Daniels. “Using technology that is proven in high volume traffic environments, it will deliver a reliable and resilient service without the user problems experienced with the previous system.” Future-proofing is built-in as the Videalert system provides the flexibility to move away from physical bollards and adopt CCTV-based enforcement with automatic production of PCNs for unauthorised vehicles that pass through the gates. Operators that already use the portal to manage the whitelist will then be able to review and process all captured offences before PCNs are issued.
The Castel IP intercoms contribute to the centralisation of video and audio feeds for the campus security team The University of Huddersfield has installed two-way IP audio-video intercom from European IP intercom manufacturer Castel at its Queensgate Campus. The new system will manage the exit and entry of vehicles and visitors. The Queensgate site has seen investment of £100 million on infrastructure and resources over the past 10 years and Castel worked with installer Kenyon Access Consultants to enable university staff to communicate effectively with visitors before allowing them entry. Castel's XELLIP entry stations When they arrive at barriers, gates or bollards on the campus, drivers contact security officers using Castel's XELLIP one or two call button full IP/SIP entry stations. These are compliant with the Equality Act. The stations have a 316-grade stainless steel vandal-proof faceplate and are IP64-rated to withstand the elements or rain/water ingress. For certain locations, Castel created a modified housing on posts to meet specific mounting requirements. Crucially, these units are power over Ethernet (PoE), which meant that installers and site managers were able to use the existing twisted pair cabling to connect the entry stations to the IP network. (An optional external power supply is also available.) Integrated proximity readers The built-in colour camera uses H.264 compression technology and sound quality is enhanced by noise and echo-cancelling. There are three LEDs on the front panel and an integrated induction loop to comply with disability regulations. Some of the entry stations on the campus have been fitted with a 125 kHz MIFARE proximity reader so that staff and third parties can gain entry for their vehicles automatically. Atmane Bensghir is Business Development Manager at Castel. He said: "The university is using the entry stations in several non-standard ways. We helped the installer to place duplicate panels at different heights on the same post to maximise convenience, both for drivers of regular cars and for drivers sitting higher up in the cab of a commercial vehicle. Another unusual feature in the project is the use of our panels to lower retractable bollards." Milestone integration The university aims to achieve the widest possible exchange of information and the security team wanted IP intercom that would interact seamlessly with management systems on an open platform. With their popular codecs, the Castel IP intercoms will contribute to the centralisation of video and audio feeds in the future as the campus security team uses Milestone video management and XProtect software to aggregate and analyse data streams.
Delta's MP5000 will protect attendees from terrorist vehicle attacks and errant driver mistakes Delta Scientific a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, today announced that Delta MP5000 mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers were ordered by the Secret Service for the upcoming Democratic Convention running July 25-28 in Philadelphia. As at the GOP Convention this week, the certified crash vehicles will protect attendees from terrorist vehicle attacks and errant driver mistakes. Provided through Global Access Control Systems (Pittsburgh), these mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers carry a K8 rating (M40 ASTM rating), stopping 7.5 ton (6400 Kg) vehicles traveling 40 mph (64 kph). Foresight and planning "The fact that these barriers were ordered well in advance of the tragedy in Nice is indicative of the great foresight and planning that is undertaken by the United States Secret Service," avows Greg Hamm, Delta Scientific vice president of sales and marketing. "Not only are these portable barriers being used at this year's conventions, they were at both political conventions in 2012 in Tampa and Charlotte as well as at the following Inauguration. Last September, here in Philadelphia, they protected the Pope on his visit to the United States." Zero sub-surface preparation The totally self-contained MP5000s tow into position to control vehicle access within 15 minutes. No excavation or sub-surface preparation is required. Once positioned, the mobile barricades will unpack themselves by using hydraulics to raise and lower the barriers off their wheels. DC-powered pumps will then raise or lower the barriers. Delta always keeps an inventory of the MP5000s for purchase and quick delivery at their manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. In many cases, they are needed for events that come up quickly, such as politician or celebrity visits and other unexpected incidents.
Delta Scientific, manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, has announced that Delta Scientific mobile and fixed certified crash barriers are providing day to day security, protecting people and property in prominent facilities around the world. That includes 160 U.S. embassies and consulates in 130-plus countries as well as those of the United Kingdom and other nations. In the United States alone, Delta secures over 110 Federal buildings, including courthouses and FBI locations. Protecting landmarks "Over 85 percent of all U.S. nuclear power plants are protected by Delta vehicle barricade systems," attests Greg Hamm, Delta Scientific Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Delta Scientific systems protect the U.S. Capitol and other Washington landmark buildings, high-rise office buildings, Buckingham Palace, corporate facilities, the Singapore parliament, power and water infrastructure locales, military bases and facilities for all four U.S branches, petrochemical plants, European castles and the private homes of celebrities and influential people."Over 85 percent of all U.S. nuclear power plants are protected by Delta vehicle barricade systems" Securing high profile events Designed specifically for use by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Deployment (USAID) and for U.S. Army checkpoints in Iraq for initial fast deployment, the totally self-contained Delta Scientific MP5000 High Security Mobile Barricade System is towed into position and controls vehicle access within 15 minutes. Since their inception, they have been used in high profile events such as the 2012 GOP and Democratic conventions and the resulting Inauguration. They have also protected world leaders at G20, Nuclear and NATO Summits. Only last September, they defended the Pope on his visit to the United States. They are very popular at leading universities during events in which traffic must temporarily be re-routed. Penn State University uses seven of these barriers for home football games and special events. Like similar applications at the University of Michigan, Ohio State and others, PSU is able to quickly deploy these barriers at strategic sites around the facility. After the event, they are quickly knocked down and towed to another location. Variety of Delta solutions Besides mobile barriers, Delta is also the world's largest manufacturer of fixed barriers. Delta barricades at the United States Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, stopped a bomb-laden car and SUV from penetrating the entrances to the facility. Delta barricades at the United States Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, also helped retain the attackers, limiting casualties. With their historic cultural value and abundant foot and vehicle traffic, security measures are paramount at the Ronald W. Reagan and George H.W. Bush Presidential Libraries in Simi Valley, California, and College Station, Texas. Delta bollards, which lower for passing, are utilitarian or elegant, as the application requires at the Library complexes.Companies such as Chevron, ExxonMobile, Conoco, BP, Shell and others employ Delta barricades, bollards and crash gates Protecting infrastructure Transportation hubs including Los Angeles Airport, San Francisco International Airport, the union Pacific Railroad and other airports and major transportation centers employ Delta barricades, bollards and crash gates to defend passengers, employees, property and other transportation infrastructure facilities. Delta bullet resistant level 4 booths are installed for California's Ontario Airport. At LAX, crash gates protect the tarmac. To host 3 million cars per year, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport has 18 Delta parking/cashier booths handling its parking capacity of 13,000 spaces. Companies such as Chevron, ExxonMobile, Conoco, BP, Shell and others employ Delta barricades, bollards and crash gates to protect their petrochemical and hydrocarbon refineries, facilities, distribution centers and storage areas around the world. Leading ports, including the Port of Sydney Harbour, Pearl Harbor and others employ Delta barricades, bollards and crash gates to shield passengers, employees, cargo and infrastructure facilities from harm. Public water supply and control districts, including the Federal Bureau of Reclamation, the Tennessee Valley Authority and major utilities, employ Delta barricades, bollards and crash gates to guard dams, canals, treatment plants and other infrastructure facilities.Companies such as Chevron, ExxonMobile, Conoco, BP, Shell and others employ Delta barricades, bollards and crash gates University security Bollards are the most used vehicle access control system used at colleges. For instance, Delta fixed post bollards protect the perimeter of buildings at Boston University Medical Center. At Stanford University, the primary use of permanent pneumatically-operated bollards is to restrict vehicular traffic from entering the campus via maintenance roads. They are lowered to allow access to maintenance vehicles and raised immediately. UCLA uses decorative bollards throughout the campus to restrict vehicle access to student housing areas and other locations which require temporary removal. Some of the areas block access to dumpsters and roads that require temporary access during admission periods.Delta bullet-resistant Level 4 booths currently protect the Pentagon in Washington, DC as well as California's Ontario Airport Bullet-resistant booths Delta bullet-resistant Level 4 booths currently protect the Pentagon in Washington, DC as well as California's Ontario Airport and the U.S. embassy in Cairo. Fifty custom-design bullet-resistant Delta guard booths are now used at the San Ysidro Landed Port of Entry (SYLPOE), the busiest land port in the world. Located between San Diego in the USA and Tijuana in Mexico, the port processes an average of 50,000 northbound vehicles per day. No bullets penetrated a Delta bullet-proof guard booth in a downtown Austin shooting. Early in the morning, a gunman started shooting up the federal courthouse, the Mexican consulate and the Austin Police Department headquarters. In the middle of the melee was standing a Delta bullet-proof guard booth. During the shooting, nobody was injured but the gunman, who was killed.