Homeland security and antiterrorism efforts have largely driven the demand for perimeter security and physical barriers over the past 20 years. In response to vicious attacks involving runaway trucks, suicide bombers, asset destruction, mass attacks on crowds and more, high-security barriers have had to rapidly adapt and stay ahead of terrorist strategies to attack government installations, public gatherings, learning institutions and places of worship. Many components of physical security barriers are governed by regulatory agencies, such as ASTM International, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and UFC. Requirements are ever-changing to meet the security needs of DOD, state and federal agencies and the public at large, including response rates, crash ratings, cycle times, life cycle costs, deployment speeds, controls and more. Protecting assets, personnel and facilities using high-security solutions that are affordable and reliable is a continuing challenge.
This session provides an overview of current codes and guidelines and looks at various issues and solutions that are being installed stateside and around the world today. Pros and cons, benefits, concerns and costs for different products (not brand-specific) will be discussed, as well as case studies demonstrating various products in use and how they have succeeded or failed in achieving their desired security goals.