The GPEC Trade Show held September 9-11, 2014 in Leipzig, Germany marked the introduction of Meridian Rapid Defense Group to the European market. Meridian representative, Sam Levin, joined their newest distributor, COBBS Industries, at GPEC to showcase the manufacturer-leading line of Archer barriers to mainland Europe.
COBBS Industries, a Dutch-based security systems distributor, have much success with providing tactical equipment and innovative security solutions in most European and NATO countries. Serving in Dutch Special Forces together, CEO Bram Oostvogel and his sales staff have used their unique capabilities and connections with government officials to bring attention to the solutions they have to offer.
In light of NATO’s recent call to increase defense spending in the EU, The Meridian-COBBS partnership is poised to fill gaps in key security areas.
“As we expand our business in Europe, we are pleased to align ourselves with COBBS. Their infield experience and expertise are key in relating the Meridian product advantages to European buyers,” said Peter Whitford, CEO of Meridian.
Added COBBS Account Manager Bas Swaab, “We are very pleased with the initial response by the European markets. Foreign and Interior Ministries and airport officials have already shown serious interest in all the unique possibilities that Meridian and COBBS Industries have to offer.”
“High profile international events will see a lot of Archer barriers put to use in order to control traffic flow”, added Swaab.
With more than 500 exhibitors from 28 different countries in attendance, GPEC (General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference) is Europe’s leading closed specialized trade fair. Meridian showcased a range of security solutions including the Archer 1200 anti-vehicle barrier, which also attracted the attention of representatives from various Middle Eastern regions.
Serving Kandahar to the GRAMMY’s, Meridian Rapid Defense Group Named “Best Crash Barrier” in 2014 GSN Security Awards
Government Security Newswire (GSN) Magazine recently announced that Meridian Rapid Defense Group was among the winners for the 2014 Airport/Seaport/Border Security Awards. Nominated in the category of “Best Crash Barriers, Bollards, Gates and Guard Booths,” this win is the latest affirmation of Meridian’s success in security engineering.
Relatively new to the industry, Meridian has gained early success in the market with a unique, flexible design. Recent projects range from installations at NATO controlled Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan to deployment at the 55th GRAMMY’s Awards.
Chairman/COO of GSN Magazine Adrian Courtney remarked, “[GSN] are glad to have discovered Meridian and are intrigued by their unique security systems.”
The Archer Barrier Systems delivers protection and mobility and has won contracts specifically because it does not require heavy machinery to install or relocate. Successful deployments in Kandahar as well as the Port of Long Beach with their line of non-electric, non-hydraulic barriers schematic helped in the judges’ decision.
GSN judges included the founder of Secure Identity and Biometrics Association, Janice Kephart; cyber security expert and Xerox VP in charge of Homeland Security, Chuck Brooks; and CEO of MacDonnell Group Consulting and port security expert, Ralston MacDonell.
“We are thrilled that our systems are being recognized,” said Meridian CEO Peter Whitford. “A great deal of design work has gone into creating a truly unique solution for rapidly expanding security need.”
Meridian Rapid Defense Group has recently been nominated for the 2014 GSN Airport/Seaport/Border Security Awards. The nomination will be for “Best Crash Barriers, Bollards, Gates, Guard Booths” under the Best Airport/Seaport Fencing, Barriers, Guard Services and Perimeter Protection category.
MRDG is excited and honored to hear such news about the nomination and confident that the outcome will be one of positivity. They are the only company with barriers that are totally portable, making the nomination that much more unique.
MRDG found out about the nomination on May 13th, just seven days shy of the cutoff. The awards dinner for Government Security News will occur on the evening of June 9th on the luxury motor yacht, the Mariner III, in the beautiful New York Harbor.