The appropriate type of barrier depends on a number of factors. In this article we consult some of the most common barrier security applications.

Security provided by barriers is available with many different degrees of safety options.

Whether the solution is permanent or somewhat temporary, depends on a facility’s unique needs as well as various external factors. Safety access, value of the secured property, and the risk of intrusion associated within the enclosed area are all essential questions to arriving at your barrier solution.

Barrier systems are built to specific standards set forth by the Department of State (DOS) and meet three levels of security K4, K8, and K12.

Depending on the facility, the level of protection can be increased or decreased by the use of these barrier enclosures.

Active Vehicle Barriers

These create a secure environment by blocking a path or route but open or move to allow passage when necessary. Barriers are considered active when they can be moved to allow access, but keeps unwelcome visitors outside.

Vehicle access control points or entry control points where credentials and/or vehicle contents are checked might require installation of an active vehicle barrier (AVB) at the end of the access corridor.

Drop arm barriers use a beam extending across the road. Usually the beam, or arm, swings vertically to allow the vehicle to pass, but horizontal swinging versions and telescoping beams are also available.

Retractable Bollards are another common type of AVB. They are frequently used where they are normally in an up position and only need to be operated infrequently.

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