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New from road blocker, bollard and vehicle barrier manufacturer ATG Access, is the Surface Guard, designed to protect pedestrians from targeted vehicle attacks.
The firm points to recent attacks targeting pedestrians at Nice, the Berlin Christmas Markets and more recently at Westminster and London Bridges. The new block has been tested to the IWA 14 standard, and arrested a 2,500kg vehicle travelling at 30 mph. Modular in design and compact, unlike many traditional barriers, no heavy machinery is required to install the product, the makers say. Four men can close off a roadway using the product in under an hour. When the system is no longer required, it is quicker to remove and causes no damage to the road surface as no anchoring is required. Supplied in individual units, each section of the barrier can be stacked for easier transport and storage. Rather than creating a ‘fortress feel’, the makers say that the block has been designed to complement its surroundings and allow pedestrians to flow freely into the designated area.
Mark Clegg, managing director of ATG Access, said: “The shocking terrorist attacks, which have happened at public events across the world have highlighted the need for security. Temporary events have always been difficult targets to protect. At ATG Access, we understand how difficult it can be for event organisers to protect against random vehicle attacks, which is why we have developed Surface Guard. Not only can it withstand ramming attacks from hostile vehicles, the robust perimeter security system can be deployed extremely quickly and also be removed just as easily once an event is over, without any surface damage.
“The Surface Guard System has also been designed to enable stakeholders to protect their venues and events without disrupting their operational patterns. The easy storage and modular design ensures that the product can be used in many locations with no special or bespoke engineering required. Rather than having to uneccessarily close down roads for days at a time, Surface Guard can be installed extremely quickly – this is a huge leap forward in the technology for the event security sector and helps keep operational disruption to a minimum.
“We believe that this innovation will prevent potential vehicle attacks, and will make it easier for organisers of temporary events to keep their attendees safe.”