Vehicle Barrier FAQ
What is an Anti-Terrorism Crash Barrier System?
A barrier meant to stop, disable, or destroy vehicles intentionally driven into the perimeter of a protected area. These barriers may be active (movable at the push of a button) or static (permanently in a vehicle-stopping posture) and be located at gate entrances or along perimeters between vehicle access points.
Are Crash Barriers ever attacked?
Several notable attacks in the past few years involving airports, military, and oil refinery installations have been stopped partially or completely by vehicle barriers designed to deter a terroristic attack. Other instances of malicious intent involving disgruntled employees, drunk drivers, etc. have been stopped by crash barriers as well. Many smaller instances of non-terroristic attacks have been stopped which were a threat to the facilities protected even though there was no terroristic intent. Some areas with large perimeters and significant traffic are hit annually or more often due to uncontrolled vehicles that may not be intentional attacks, they are still dangerous due to their unpredictability.
What Type of Crash-Rated System Do You Need?
Utilized for active vehicle entrances, sally ports, unmanned entrances
Wedges, bollards, sliding, rising or pivoting horizontal beams, integrated into gates etc.
Hydraulically, electrically, pneumatically, or manually operated
May be surface-mounted, shallow-mounted, or standard depth installation
Utilized for fence lines, permanently closed gate openings, temporarily closed gate openings
Cable-type barriers, bollards, berms, trenches, walls, street furniture, vegetation, concrete barriers, guard rails etc.
What does it take to install a Crash-Rate Barrier?
Can Guard Rails be used as a Crash Barrier?
What is the difference between a Crash-Rated and Crash-Engineered system?
What are Standard Crash-Rated Barriers?
What are Modified Crash-Rated Barriers?
What are Crash-Engineered Barriers?
Why are Crash-Rated and Crash-Engineered Barriers important?
Both crash-rated and crash-engineered and crash-rated barriers are engineered but even with modeling programs and extensive engineering expense, crash tests often fail.
There are companies that may have one or two products that are crash-rated but offer a dozen or more “crash-rated products”
Companies must be pushed to explain precisely what, if any, engineering or crash testing has been performed to give the buyer a clear view of what they are getting for their investment