Since the recent increase in terrorist attacks and fatalities due to vehicles entering restricted areas, the idea of adding extra layers of protection to buildings has come to the forefront of building design. Solutions that are both effective and aesthetic are most sought out by businesses around the globe. Keeping citizens safe from drivers that veer off their designated path can lead to the death of unsuspecting pedestrians that are walking or peddling around on their bicycles.
How High-Security Bollards Work
The bollards are installed around the perimeter of designated buildings that keep out automobiles and other large vehicles. The design allows for a layer of protection but still grants access to people that need to gain admittance to the office or building they are entering.
Additionally, there are wider gaps allowed for driveways and other entrances where the otherwise unwelcome vehicles are permitted to enter. They are commonly found around schools, universities, hospitals, banks, retail shops, and government offices.
The posts are between 36 and 52 inches tall in most cases and mainly go unnoticed by people walking or driving past them. They can be made from a variety of sturdy materials including steel and concrete for superior impact resistance.
When these devices are installed properly, they can withstand even the greatest impact. Some have been tested and rated at holding back up to 66,000 pounds of force to protect against ramming break-ins and terroristic threats.
Protection from Terrorism While Maintaining an Old World Charm
Many businesses fear installing security features like high-security bollards because it takes away from the appearance of the existing location. One of the benefits of the products offered by Advance Systems is the fact that their units don’t look overly aggressive.
As time goes on and security comes in higher demand, the look of these bollards is becoming more enhanced. They blend in with the architecture and landscaping surrounding the property as not to take away from the original look.
The number of companies and agencies that are including bollards in their security designs is growing. It is expected that they will continue on the same path for many years to come. With the demand for them increasing, it is believed that there will be further improvements to the overall look and appeal of these necessary parts to the security of all buildings.
The Many Benefits of High-Security Bollards
Along with providing security and safety to a building and the people entering and exiting, there are many other positive aspects to having them installed on your property.
First of all, they can be used to control traffic including diversions, semi-closures, road closures, and test channelling. They can warn drivers of any areas on the road where there is narrowing or higher curbs as well. For high traffic areas, they can be the only thing preventing fast-moving automobiles from entering the sidewalk.
When there are problems with parking availability, people have been known to do what’s called “mounting the curb” so that they don’t have to walk further to their destination from a far away parking spot. With Security Bollards, the curbs can be blocked off preventing the possibility of this happening.
The safety of pedestrians is arguably the number one benefit of bollard installation. Anywhere there are both high vehicle and high pedestrian traffic, these can be implemented to prevent unnecessary meetings between the two parties due to a car that has gone by the wayside.
Advance Access Offers Quality Bollards
Three different style bollards are available to you from Advance Systems. Every model can be installed nationwide, and they provide a wide array of advantages to the consumers that decide to use them.
The SB970CR Scimitar Bollards allow you to provide a high level of security. Unauthorized vehicles will not be able to access any area surrounded by these. The outward appearance isn’t overly intrusive and will blend in nicely with the existing security features of the property.
The Scimitar Static Bollards have been tested and passed the PAS 68 requirements. They are high security and durable with a look that is a little more pleasing to the eye and modern in appearance.
For super shallow areas that need to be restricted, the SSF100 Resilience Bollards are the best option. They are designed to provide stand-off protection for any structure. The difference is, these versions don’t require a deep foundation to be set in place.
The highest level of security was being explored when Advance Systems was given the opportunity to work on The Central Bank project in Dublin. The bollards that were installed with help from the Henry J Lyons Architects gave the protection around the podium and entrance systems that were necessary. Along with providing the property a higher level of security, the job was completed with integration to the existing Chubb Access Control System for seamless operation.