Nasatka Security Sees Spike in Barriers with Increase in Vehicle Attacks
LAS VEGAS, April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — At the ISC West Show today, Nasatka Security’s CEO John Scolaro said the 42-year-old perimeter security solutions provider is seeing the highest interest in perimeter security barrier systems since post 9/11.
Experts say attacks in which cars or trucks are driven into crowded pedestrian areas present a unique challenge for law enforcement officials as they are virtually impossible to predict and relatively easy to execute. They require no advanced training and no specialized materials. Almost anyone can own or rent a vehicle.
According to Scolaro, you won’t see many of Nasatka’s clients listed on their website, nor will you be able to read about case studies or see onsite installation photos of recognizable government buildings, large corporations or foreign embassies, even though Nasatka is an icon in the perimeter security industry with many active patents and thousands of perimeter security systems all over the world. “Safety for our clients, their employees and the public comes first and perimeter security details shouldn’t be available on the Internet for anyone to see; it’s irresponsible,” Scolaro added.
Two weeks ago, another vehicle was used as a weapon in London, leaving five dead and 40 injured. It was almost a year to the day since 85 died from injuries in the ISIS-inspired attack on Bastille Day in Nice, France. And according to Scolaro, these are merely the incidents being covered by the mainstream media. “It’s occurring daily all over the world…and we see it all. We have worked with the Department of Defense (DOD) and various branches of the U.S. Military by supplying, installing and maintaining both fixed and mobile barriers all over the world. We routinely see pictures of vehicles stopped and lives saved,” Scolaro said.
Charlie Winter, a senior research fellow at the London-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, says what makes such attacks so frightening is the relatively low barriers to entry. The method was embraced by al-Qaida before being revitalized by ISIS. “It makes for a very effective, unsophisticated, high impact, very frightening form of an operation,” he said.
Nasatka has spent over four decades understanding and mastering the science of perimeter security. And although nothing is 100 percent, Nasatka feels they make a significant difference for their clients’ protection.
“Strengthening your existing facility against bomb threats or vehicle attacks may seem like a tough feat and you can’t really change that protective shell by renovation alone, but you can modify the perimeter and the access control points by installing bollards and barriers to extend stand-off distances, in addition to increasing your security personnel to make your site a less inviting target, “Scolaro said.
Nasatka produces American-made barriers and has installed and maintains thousands of wedge barriers, bollards and crash beams all over the world, protecting some of the most critical assets, including airports, nuclear power plants and ports. Nasatka engineered three versions of their Pop-Up Steel-Plate Barrier to meet the Department of State and U.S. Army K12/L3 (15,000 pounds @ 50 mph) crash certifications. And Nasatka’s versatile mobile barriers can be deployed and operational in 12 minutes, protecting targeted facilities, entry control points or special events. There is no surface, footing or barrier anchoring preparation required. Nasatka’s mobile barriers are crash tested under the ASTM F2656-07 standard to stop a 15,000 lbs. vehicle at various impact speeds.
Nasatka’s National Sales Director, Dan Madden said, “Nasatka Steel-Plate Barriers are the most proven, tested and reliable vehicle-access control barrier system in the world. They are a perfect combination of engineering achievement, durability and security. Absolutely no substitute comes close to the advantages offered by Nasatka Security’s Steel-Plate Barrier Systems, bollards and crash beams.”
With the economy booming and populations increasing, Nasatka consultants have seen a decrease in the size of real estate land parcels and an increase in the height and vertical footprint of large, mixed-use residential and commercial buildings. Many are upwards of 50 stories, in addition to the first few stories reserved for parking. Add an increase in outdoor space with parks, outdoor venues and sport arenas and this is an area that needs great attention when planning for a safe future.
Nasatka’s Vice President of Services Sales, Tom Mullen said, “We have improved awareness and expertise on the design end over the past few years by offering A & E firms the ability to schedule a free “Lunch & Learn” vehicle barrier course (Crash-rated Vehicle Barriers in Your Design). This AIA CES approved course was designed to educate A & E firms on perimeter security technologies and critical differentiators when designing a variety of installations. Architects who are members of AIA can earn one (1) learning unit towards their annual requirement for continuing education.
According to Mullen, Nasatka has also been focusing on preventative maintenance. Nasatka currently has a nationwide maintenance contract that includes virtually all major barrier brands. “Critical infrastructure is invaluable for both government and private industry, especially given the current trend towards vehicle-based attacks. Given new requirements, the architectural design and engineering (A&E) industry must focus on critical infrastructure security. Perimeter security is an essential part of their designs now,” Mullen said.
Nasatka is a global maintenance provider in the U.S. with over 5,000 Global ACP Assets. It also delivers 24/7 global support and service on any make/model of barrier plates, bollards and crash beams.
“In today’s market, there are many important factors to include when developing a sensible solution for a security-driven design and construction process for both government and private enterprise, in and out of the United States. Creating a comprehensive security plan is like starting any other business; you begin with senior management and a detailed facility security mission statement. This process is unique to each integrator, but we focus on educating the client and/or designers on what technologies are state-of-the-art and how to use them in the security vulnerability assessment process,” Scolaro noted.
Today more than ever, Nasatka’s barrier systems should be an integral part of any new or upgraded maximum-security plan. Whether the concern is thwarting terrorist vehicle attacks or simply prevention of unauthorized vehicle access, Nasatka’s Global Lines of Defense® protect some of the world’s greatest mission critical assets.
For more information about Nasatka Security, please visit their website at www.nasatka.com or stop by Nasatka’s booth #9141 at the ISC West Show in Las Vegas from April 5-7 at The Sand Expo.
About Nasatka Security
Established in 1975 in the Washington, D.C. area, Nasatka Security is the originator of the first patented crash-tested barrier systems developed, manufactured and installed in the United States.
Nasatka has been a leader in innovation, manufacturing, and service of perimeter security products for over 40 years with a global presence, having corporate offices in Clinton, Maryland and sales and service locations spanning throughout the U.S. and in the Middle East. Having installed the first steel plate barrier in the United States (J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C.) and conducted the first steel-plate barrier crash test in the United States in 1985, Nasatka has built, installed and serviced products that are deployed at the highest level security sites in the world. Nasatka Security specializes in the production of vehicular and pedestrian access-control devices for maximum security applications. These products are designed primarily to control, detect and where necessary, stop unauthorized motor vehicles and pedestrians. Nasatka’s business is a unique blend of physical, electronic, and cyber security including; crash-tested active and passive vehicle and pedestrian barriers, crash-certified perimeter fencing, guard booths, and turnstiles. Nasatka offers innovative access control products including automated, hands-free solutions to improve traffic throughput and tracking. In addition, Nasatka offers 24/7 Service and Maintenance Programs and Maintenance Services worldwide.
- Members of the ASTM F12 Committee Industry Group focused on the F 2656 07 and draft 012 Standard Test Method for Vehicle Crash Testing of Perimeter Barriers
- Member of the ASTM E54 Committee on Homeland Security
- Member of the ASTM E54.05.4 Subcommittee
About ISC West
The International Security Conference & Exposition – also known as ISC West – is the largest event in the U.S. for the physical security industry, covering Access Control, Alarms & Monitoring, Biometrics, IP Security, Video Surveillance / CCTV, Networked Security Products and more. At ISC West, you’ll discover the newest security products & security technology, network with colleagues & security professionals, and gain valuable security industry training & knowledge to keep you ahead through SIA Education@ISC.