Delta Scientific, the manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, announced that, on March 7, over 70 leading security specialists met at Delta Scientific headquarters to discuss the state of the vehicle access control market in North America. These security specialists came together to view anti-terrorism portable systems, barriers, bollards, crash-rated gates and other solutions and how each product fits in a comprehensive vehicle a...
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...
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People and vehicle access control specialist Nortech is now offering elegant stainless steel bollards to house the Nedap ANPR cameras. The SSP-ANPR and SSDP-ANPR stainless steel posts by Nortech are each designed to house either a Nedap ANPR Access or a Nedap ANPR Access-HD camera in an attractive roadside post/bollard. The SSDP-ANPR is a dual height post that includes integral traffic signals. Extensive experience The ANPR camera is mounted at the ideal height (585mm to lens) for reading sta...
Delta Scientific, the manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, announces that, in a review of its top selling products to the government, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided certification according to the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology Act (SAFETY Act) of 2002. This certification minimises insurance risks for organisations that deploy authorised Delta vehicle access control...
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 the path forward for government and private security regarding the commercial use of aerial drones. Additionally, the event featured a half-day, expanded version of SIA’s popular Secure Schools Roundtable, SIA member visits on Capitol Hill, a networking breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club and presentation of the 2018 Legislator of the Year and Statesman Awards. DHS works to protect federal networks and facilities and critical infrastructure Protecting federal networks & facilities Providing keynote remarks at the 2018 GovSummit were Chris Krebs, undersecretary of the National Program and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Soraya Correa, DHS’ chief procurement officer. Krebs highlighted DHS’ work to protect federal networks and facilities and critical infrastructure, the threat of nation-state attacks on American democracy through targeting election equipment and spreading false information on social media to sow division and discord and NPPD’s focus on blending physical security and cybersecurity in a holistic, top-down risk management approach. “Government’s role is to assist in raising the security baseline,” said Krebs. Correa spoke about DHS’ procurement efforts in support of the department’s strategic vision and interest in inviting creativity and innovation in its contracts with organisations. “When we understand each other’s business processes, we can do better business together,” Correa said. “We work with industry, associations and more – we want you to do business with us.” Cybersecurity and identity policy In a panel discussion of the Office of Management and Budget’s new cybersecurity and identity policy, Jeff Nigriny highlighted the Interagency Security Committee’s new instructions to federal chief security officers on physical access control systems implementations being fully compliant with federal security standards. “2018 is the year we fix the policy,” Nigriny said. In another session, a panel of experts considered the path forward for government and private security when it comes to unmanned aerial system (UAS) and counter-UAS policy. As drones have become more widely used, national security agencies have raised drone security as an important policy issue. “We could call this time the years of drone security,” said Lisa Ellman, partner at Hogan Lovells LLP and Company and co-executive director of the Commercial Drone Alliance. Rob Reiter was recognised for his leadership on issues related to protective and architectural bollards to address the need for greater perimeter security Public safety and security During the summit’s Policy Leadership Awards Dinner, SIA also presented its 2018 Legislator of the Year and Statesman Awards. The SIA Legislator of the Year Award is presented annually to members of Congress and other elected officials who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in advancing legislation and policies that encourage the effective use of technology solutions to enhance public safety and security and protect critical infrastructure. This year, SIA honored Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. John Rutherford (R-Fla.) for their work on the STOP School Violence Act, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) for authoring the Investment in New Ventures and Economic Success Today (INVEST) Act, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) for authoring the Secure Airport Spaces Act and Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) for authoring the Shielding Public Spaces From Vehicular Terrorism Act. The Statesman Award is presented each year to SIA member volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions of professional time, leadership and resources to position SIA to address the public policy challenges impacting the security industry. This year’s recipient was Rob Reiter, co-founder of the Storefront Safety Council and chief security consultant at Calpipe Industries, recognised for his leadership on issues related to protective and architectural bollards to address the need for greater perimeter security. SIA 2018 partners & sponsors This event was made possible through Washington sponsor United Technologies (Lenel and Interlogix); Lincoln sponsor HID Global; Jefferson sponsor Johnson Controls; dinner and reception sponsor Allegion; event sponsors AMAG Technology, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Ameristar Perimeter Security, ASIS International, Axis Communications, BCDVideo, Calpipe Security Bollards, Chenega Security, Christie Digital Systems, Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency, Gallagher, GSA Schedules, Inc., Hanwha Techwin America, DHS Science & Technology, Identiv, Louroe Electronics, Marshalls, Milestone, Nasatka Security, Panasonic, the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools, Renova Technology and the Secure Schools Alliance; media sponsors Campus Safety and DomesticPreparedness.com; and industry partner ISC Security Events.
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 of Homeland Security to secure the historic French Quarter of the city and protect the popular pedestrianized zone from potential attacks by hostile vehicles. The Counter Terror Business Awards are being held to recognise the efforts of both public and private sector organisations who have made significant contributions to counter terror strategy in the UK and overseas. On their shortlisting for the prestigious awards, Managing Director of Heald, Debbie Heald stated, “We’re delighted to have been recognised by the Counter Terror Business Awards as one of the leading organisations in the fight against hostile vehicle crime and terrorism. We are very much looking forward to the event and wish the best of luck to all of the other shortlisted companies and individuals.” Awards to be presented at SCTX Expo 2018 The awards will be presented during the Security & Counter Terror Expo, which takes place at the Olympia exhibition center in London, from March 6th to 7th, 2018. The awards will be presented by former Defence Secretary, Retired Honorable Sir Michael Fallon, and other attendees include Julian King, European Commissioner, Security, and Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police Service, and National Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing.
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 began managing Delta's East Coast sales team and directing barrier programmes for the FBI, CarMax and the State Department's Overseas Building Operations. In 2016, Bobrosky was promoted to vice president of sales, taking a more active role in production management, helping Delta Scientific exceed clients' ever increasingly strict deadlines. "I look forward to continued efforts promoting the Delta brand and legendary name by furthering our clients' requirements for secure perimeter safety and eliminating the concerns for vehicles used as weapons", emphasises Bobrosky. "I plan on cultivating opportunities with our clients and showing the industry just how customer driven Delta is." Mechanical knowledge Bobrosky graduated with honours from California State University, Northridge in 2007 with a business degree in marketing. Prior to Delta Scientific, Bobrosky comes from a strong sales and customer service background, helping operate a heavy equipment logistics firm. When Bobrosky is not spending time camping with his wife and two daughters, he enjoys weightlifting, woodworking, and mountain biking with friends and co-workers. Keith Bobrosky is a Los Angeles native and grew up in rural Palmdale, California. He was actively involved in the community through 4-H in his youth and developed his mechanical knowledge from motorsports fabrication with his father.
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.”
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.
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.
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 and the adoption of public safety systems in both North American and Europe. This includes many cities creating wireless network infrastructure for public WiFi connectivity and for their surveillance network. Oftentimes smart cities develop because of an initial safe city initiative and then cities start to leverage the same infrastructure for more applications. Impact of terrorism Unfortunately, we saw a growth in terrorism attacks in 2017 in Europe and the United States. This has had a significant impact on security in public spaces where large groups of people congregate for entertainment, shopping and sporting events, all of which are now potential targets. We started to see cities install bollards on streets to prevent trucks from driving up on people on sidewalks and video surveillance systems so that police can monitor public spaces in real time. An example was the SuperBowl LIVE venue in Houston, which held several large outdoor events. To help monitor these events the city deployed a mmWave wireless network system for the surveillance cameras which were installed to monitor this area. Cybersecurity a growing concern In addition to terrorism threats, cybersecurity has become a growing concern and focus. More and more manufacturers, including Siklu, have begun to develop secure systems that are extremely difficult for hackers to gain access to because an encrypted network is no longer enough. The devices on the network also have to be secure. There is a growing shift towards younger generations wanting to live in the city where they have access to public transportation, restaurants and entertainment Looking ahead to 2018, the security market should expect to see continued growth in the use of video analytics for proactive surveillance purposes and more technology that leverages the intelligence of this data. Also, there is a growing shift towards younger generations wanting to live in the city where they have access to public transportation, restaurants and entertainment. They also expect to live in a safer environment and this is where the smart city approach comes into play with the introduction of WiFi in parks and public spaces, along with surveillance systems. These two solutions and services can now sit on the same network, thanks to better connectivity options and interference free solutions, such as mmWave wireless radios. Embracing new technology Next year the winners will be those who embrace new technology and do not solely focus on security. It’s important to embrace other IoT devices and recognise that video as a service is growing in demand. Cloud-based solutions are also growing for both video storage and monitoring management systems. The losers will be those who are not willing to embrace new technology, those who offer poor service and those who don’t expand their business to include professional services. Siklu success Siklu’s security business has doubled year over year, and there are now more than 100 cities globally with a Siklu radio deployed. This is because there is an increasing acceptance of our mmWave wireless technology and people are starting to recognise the benefits our systems provide when compared with installing new fiber or a traditional WiFi system. We recently introduced a new point-to-multipoint solution called MultiHaul™, which utilises immune narrow beams within a point-to-multipoint network topology and enables interference free connectivity and complete security. The solution’s 90-degree scanning antenna auto-aligns multiple terminal units from a single base unit, serving multiple locations while reducing installation times to minutes instead of hours by a single person and the total cost of ownership for end users.
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.
As part of a new centrally controlled vehicle security system, The North West Ambulance Service has recently updated the security of its premises at its Lancashire regional headquarters using Nortech’s stainless steel bollards that house Nedap ANPR cameras. The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust operates around 1,000 vehicles to provide 1.1 million emergency and non-emergency patient journeys. It was established in 2006 by the merger of ambulance trusts from Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside, Cumbria and Lancashire. The Lancashire regional HQ is based near Broughton in Preston. Securing the perimeter Nortech supplied the ANPR camera housed in a robust stainless steel bollard to protect the camera from any potential vehicle knocksThe trust needed to secure the perimeters of their premises at the Lancashire regional HQ and appointed Expert Security UK, Frank Whittle Partnerships and W. Monks Ltd to design and install the new centrally controlled vehicle security system. Expert Security UK approached Nortech in order to integrate the Nedap Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) into the system and new automatic barriers were installed to secure the perimeter and prevent unauthorised vehicles. Nortech supplied the ANPR camera housed in a robust stainless steel bollard to protect the camera from any potential vehicle knocks. As vehicles approach the new barriers, the ANPR reads the number plates and converts each valid number plate into a Wiegand ID string, which it sends to the access control panel in the same way as a standard card reader. The Wiegand number can then be checked centrally for access rights so that vehicle access can be granted or denied accordingly. Preventing unauthorised parking The barrier system is a great security measure for us and has prevented unauthorised parking"Danny Scholfield, Sales Director at Expert Security UK, commented, "We are all delighted with the final result. The system is very fast and ticks all the boxes for us. As we are already using the Net2 system here at the HQ, it is great to see the ANPR integrating into the system without complication. The barrier system is a great security measure for us and has prevented unauthorised parking." The benefits of the Nortech ANPR system is that it integrates with most access control software, avoids the need for manned gates or vehicle tags, allows automatic vehicle identification at between three and six metres and prevents unauthorised vehicle access. Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind.
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.
Round table discussion
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.