Businesses, law firms and government agencies routinely handle sensitive and confidential information while factories and industrial firms need to protect their equipment, which is often expensive and liable to theft and industrial espionage. For such organisations, dedicated vehicle access control and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) measures are crucial. Therefore, we have compiled this guide to lead owners of firms and organisations requiring reliable security on the basics of controlling vehicle access using road blockers.
Why You Need Vehicle Access Control on Your Premises
Controlling which vehicles can enter and leave your premises is a crucial part of your business’s security. A vehicle access control system prevents unauthorised access into your facility, increases security for employees and visitors, protects valuable data and capital, and provides many other benefits. Here are four reasons why installing a vehicle access control system such as road blockers at your business is essential.
A vehicle access control system is a strong visual deterrent for would-be trespassers and prevents unauthorised people from gaining access to a business premises. A secure vehicle access control system should ensure that only employees and genuine visitors are on the premises at any time.
Reduce Risk of Theft
Data, inventory and business supplies are routine targets for theft. A vehicle access control system makes it difficult for visitors to enter private areas of your premises. In addition, you can keep a record of employees who access restricted areas, and in case of missing inventory or tampered data, you can easily identify the responsible staff members.
Protect Your Employees and Visitors
If your premises routinely host large groups of people, such as universities and shopping malls, your premises may be a target for terrorist activity. PAS 68 High Security Products such as road blockers act as a preventative measure against such risks.
Control Access to Sensitive Areas
It’s essential to restrict access to sensitive data, high-value materials, hazardous machines, and chemicals to the necessary employees. A vehicle access control system ensures that employees have access to their working spaces while keeping them out of the places they don’t need to enter. Leaving areas such as labs, storage rooms, and data centres open could invite customers, and visitors could slip in undetected.
4 Reasons Why Road Blockers are The Best Vehicle Access Control System
Minimal Maintenance Costs
Road blockers require little maintenance with at least 30 years of use compared to other road safety equipment. They are designed for high durability and strength and can withstand strong winds, storms and collisions.
Great for Hostile Vehicle Mitigation
With the rising threat of vehicle-borne attacks from terrorists, Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are becoming a crucial part of all physical security strategies. Road barricades, specifically designed to stop vehicle-borne attacks, are the best HVM systems to prevent access from unauthorised vehicles.
A Strong Temporary Solution
Military checkpoints and other temporary barriers need a solution that can be installed quickly and provide an impenetrable barrier. Road blocks provide a fast and reliable security solution when and where it is needed.
Compatible with other Access Control Systems
Road blockers integrate seamlessly with arm barriers and other access control systems to provide maximum safety. In addition, engineers design these HVM systems to the desired dimension according to the length of the road. In automatic mode, blockers automatically rise and retract into the ground, and in case of energy failure, they operate using a hand pump or manual valve.
Different Types of Road Blockers (and How They are Useful)
Road barricades come in three types:
-Underground mounted with concrete foundations
Underground Mounted – Centurion Road Blocker
The Centurion blocker features a 1000m-high blocking segment to protect your site from extreme Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device attacks. With an M50 P1 rating tested by MIRA standards, this blocker remains operational even after impact. It is highly durable and integrated easily with a wide range of control equipment.
RB680 Road Blocker
This road blocker comes with a blocking segment of 350mm constructed from heavy welded steel to provide sufficient strength. A heavy duty durbar top plate coated with safety markings and a removable access cover enable efficient installation.
Shallow Mounted – Defender Road Blocker
The Defender blocker is suitable for areas where deeper foundations are not possible. Its ability to withstand direct impact forces of 1,852 KJ makes it the perfect system to protect your site from extreme Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) attacks.
Ground Level – Sabre Road Blocker
The Sabre blocker is designed to provide temporary protection where subsurface foundations are not practical or possible. Mainly used for temporary requirements, this blocker is suitable as a high-security control point for conferences or military checkpoints. The surface road blocker comes with a fast deployment time and combines ease of transportation with a high level of immediate protection.
Advance Access Road Blockers
Advance Access Ireland has successfully met security needs and challenges for the past 20 years by designing a range of customisable access control systems. The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) independently tests our road blockers in several full-scale impact tests conducted following standards outlined by the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA). You can trust our security products developed and manufactured by experienced engineers for your security needs.