Over recent years, urban designers have increasingly had to consider security strategies in response to safety concerns. Concrete roadblocks in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in the USA, for example, have slowly given way to solutions with a greater aesthetic appeal. Security bollards are one of the least prominent and most efficient ways to restrict access to areas in cities and airports, where they can be deployed to good effect to give round-the-clock protection.
In addition to protecting human lives by preventing vehicle-based attacks, high-security bollards mitigate damage to property assets and investments. In today’s city streets, bollards help to minimise injuries to pedestrians and deaths caused by drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol – especially in cities with limited on-road parking space and, therefore, less of a physical vehicle barrier.
High security bollards act as a barrier to prevent the entry of unauthorised cars, vans and larger vehicles – whether nuisance parking or for more sinister motives – while still allowing access for pedestrians, wheelchairs and bicycles (where permitted).
Typically installed around a site perimeter or near building access points and driveway entrances, some additional frequent uses of high-security bollards include the enhancement of physical safety near sensitive government and financial institutions, hospitals, universities and schools.
Once installed in shopping centres, robust bollards provide continuous protection for luxury storefronts. Here, they deter or frustrate vandalism as well as ram-raiding incidents, where violent criminals use vehicles to break in through shop fronts to carry out ‘smash and grab’ thefts.
Extensive Product Range
In Ireland, companies that wish to install bollards and other vehicle barrier solutions are now able to choose from a range of security products offered by Advance Access Control Solutions, part of the Advance Systems group and based near Tallaght to the south-east of Dublin. All Advance security products including high security bollards undergo extensive testing, including impact and blasts in accordance with internationally recognised standards.
BSI PAS 68 is the main specification for vehicle safety barriers and bollards; in the UK, it has become an industry-wide security benchmark for all hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) equipment and the highest quality. With Advance in Dublin, Irish clients have a guarantee of technical expertise: the company’s founding managers have an engineering background and years of accumulated expertise in this specialist protection area.
SB970CR Scimitar bollards are functional in appearance and come in a matte grey finish with a reflective horizontal stripe. PAS 68 static bollards also provide a high level of tested security, without an outwardly aggressive appearance. Made from finely finished hardened steel and attractively shaped to blend in with paving, roads and urban landscapes, these fixed bollards enhance company, office and building security through a visible deterrent and physical barrier. Ongoing maintenance costs are usually minimal, depending on the surrounding ground surface.
Alternatively, the Avon Resilience SSF100 bollard provides standoff hostile vehicle protection for infrastructure. This model is suitable for use where deep foundations are not possible.
In Dublin, Advance recently worked in close cooperation with local architects Henry J Lyons and contractors Walls Construction to design and install improvements to the existing traffic control and security arrangements at the Central Bank.
Here, the project saw the successful installation of high-security PAS68 type bollards to implement the highest standards of security in and around the entrance and podium area, just off the riverfront road. Additionally, the new improvements interfaced directly with the existing Chubb access and security system at the client’s premises. Engineers and technicians worked hard to complete all project work on time.
For additional access control, rising arm vehicle control barriers are suitable for applications such as in parking areas, while tough heavy-duty barriers provide additional security. Additionally, high-impact gates come in hinged and slide versions, some with ballistic protection.
Road blockers are available in a choice of widths to suit local site conditions. Notably, the choices of design permit highly effective solutions even where depth limitations necessitate shallow foundations, or where only temporary protection is required.
For further details of high security bollards and security protection equipment throughout Ireland, please contact Advance Access Control Solutions today.