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New from Delta Scientific, the Californian manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control products, is its patent pending crash rated TB100 portable bollard. Users can block access to temporary venues where vehicles might be used as weapons against pedestrians. The portable bollards provide vehicle barricades in applications such as 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, the US firm adds.
Up to five TB100 portable bollards can be linked with a cable and be placed on a road’s surface to create protection for a span of 20 feet (6 m). No other installation procedures, excavations or sub-surface preparations are required, the makers say. 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.
David Dickinson, senior vice president of Delta Scientific says: “This is a remarkable result for a light-weight portable bollard system that requires no excavation or attachment to the roadway. 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.”
According to Dickinson, these temporary bollards can be used to close streets, entrances or wide expanses such as access to pedestrian areas or even airport runways. They can be installed with Delta’s MP5000 portable barricade to fill in gaps at public parades and sporting weekends and any place that vehicles could attack events.
Dickinson adds: “From a purchasing standpoint, it can be easier to buy portable bollards and barricades than permanent solutions. 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.”
The company’s products have been fitted at Windsor Castle in the UK; at docks, toll booths and embassies; and in the US at this year’s Fremont Street Festival, and at the 2016 Republican National Convention.