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Protecting Communities from Vehicle Attacks

Nice, France attack

In a January, 2016 article in Safety Outlook, Albert Goldson writes that “…make no mistake that a determined troublemaker, amateur or professional, can cause havoc by bringing into a venue legal and individually harmless items when used in a particular way or combined are de facto weapons.”

The recent use of a truck to attack a crowd in Nice, France on Bastille Day is the type of tragedy that we see too often.

The sad fact is that vehicle attacks can be easily preventable. Meridian’s ‘drop and go’ Archer Barriers could be deployed at key access points and roadways to allow pedestrians to gain access to an area but prevent vehicles from entering.

Our Archer 750 Barriers’ patented design stops cars and trucks by redirecting the force upward and into the vehicle. The Archer 1000 is an anchored barrier system that is fully rated (U.S. DoD K4, Level III) and deployable with a team of two people.

At Meridian, our mission is to make the world a safer place.


 

Meridian to Focus on Sea Ports

Meridian's active gate deployed at a port

Meridian Rapid Defense Group is poised to assist The Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to strengthen our Nation’s maritime critical infrastructure. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), a department of DHS, has established a Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) that directly supports maritime transportation infrastructure security activities. PSGP is one tool in the comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by FEMA and DHS to strengthen the Nation’s critical infrastructure against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks.

FEMA has already designated select, high-risk ports to receive federal grant money to improve their port security. Ports in California, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Texas and Washington have been deemed high-risk and have budgeted as much as $55 million for infrastructure security.

Meridian’s Archer 1200™ anti-vehicle barriers and Beam Gates have been successfully in use at the Long Beach and San Diego Ports since 2012., The Archer 1200™ is the most popular barrier for perimeter security. With its modular design and easy mobility, the Archer 1200™ enhances a port’s overall security system while maintaining the ability to react to changing needs.

 


 

Meridian expands to European market with Dutch security experts

Meridian teams up with COBBS Industries

The GPEC Trade Show in Leipzig, Germany marked the introduction of Meridian Rapid Defense Group to the European market. Meridian 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.

 


 

Archer barriers selected as winners at security award

GSN 2014 Security Award Winner
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 MacDonnell.

“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 Nominated for ‘Best Airport/Seaport Fencing, Barriers, Guard Services and Perimeter Protection’

Meridian's Archer Barriers crash test

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.

 


 

Meridian Rapid Defense Group’s Archer 1200 Barrier Reinforces Water Treatment Plant Operated by the Metropolitan Water District

Meridian Rapid Defense Group deploys the Archer 1200 portable vehicle barrier system at a Metropolitan Water District (MWD) facility in Southern California.

Meridian Rapid Defense Group’s patented Archer 1200 barrier has been chosen by the Metropolitan Water District to reinforce an existing facility gate. The vehicle barrier purchase provides the water treatment facility with an expanded capability to counter theft and ram attacks.

The Archer 1200 model is designed for rapid deployment, enabling the security team to redeploy the barrier to another location at a moment’s notice. The barrier is unanchored and does not require electricity or hydraulics to operate.

The Archer 1200 barrier has proven to be the preferred entry control solution for the water sector as many facilities are remote and access to electricity is scarce. The Archer 1200 is the only true “drop-and-stop” vehicle barrier on the market. The unique vehicle barrier requires no set-up and is reusable after impact.

Meridian’s portable vehicle barriers are modular and are adjusted to the varying needs of the military, government, ports, dams, water treatment facilities, oil & gas facilities, universities and the police. All Archer vehicle barriers made of ballistic rated steel and are an excellent deterrent against Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED). Meridian’s portable vehicle barriers can be deployed by one person without the use of heavy lifting equipment. Meridian offers a vehicle barrier rental program for special events. All of Meridian’s products are made in the USA and are distributed world-wide.


 

Portable Vehicle Barriers: Meridian’s Archer 1200 Rapid Deployment Vehicle Barriers Deployed at the 55th Grammy Awards

Meridian Awards at Grammy Awards
Meridian deployed the company’s patented Archer 1200 vehicle barriers to protect the 55th Grammy Awards. Meridian’s rapid deployment barriers barricaded four lanes at a key entrance at the Staples Center. The Archer 1200 barriers effectively blocked vehicular traffic while granting pedestrians unimpeded access.

The Archer 1200 vehicle barriers are configured for expedited deployment and as needed, retrieval and relocation. The rapid deployment vehicle barriers are transported on a trailer and can be rolled into position by one person without the need for heavy lifting equipment. The Archer barriers blocked 44 ft. from vehicular intrusion and took approximately ten minutes to deploy.

Meridian’s portable vehicle barriers are modular and are adjusted to the varying needs of the military, government, ports, dams, water treatment facilities, oil & gas facilities, construction industry, universities and the police. All Archer vehicle barriers are made of ballistic rated steel and are an excellent deterrent against Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED).

Modular Vehicle Barrier: Meridian Rapid Defense Group Delivers Portable Vehicle Barriers for Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan

Archer 1200 Barriers

Kandahar Airfield (KAF) reinforcing perimeter security with Meridian Rapid Defense Group’s Archer 1200 Rapid Deployment Vehicle Barriers

Meridian Rapid Defense Group was awarded a contract and delivered their patented Archer 1200 rapid deployment vehicle barriers to Kandahar Airfield.

Kandahar Airfield has been maintained by NATO under the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) banner since 2006 and is a key logistics hub used by NATO forces in Afghanistan. It is now one of the busiest single-use airports in the world.

The Archer 1200 anti-ram vehicle barriers are configured for expedited deployment and as needed, retrieval and relocation. The Archer barriers are modular and can be deployed in a straight line, in rows, in serpentine configuration as a main perimeter security system or in support of an area that requires maintenance.

“With climactic conditions varying around the world, Meridian’s products are ideal for many situations as they perform under all conditions of extreme cold and heat” says Peter D. Whitford, CEO of Meridian. … » more

Portable Vehicle Barriers: Port of Long Beach Bolsters Perimeter Security Measures

Port of Long Beach Upgrading Physical Security with Meridian Rapid Defense Group’s Archer 1200 Rapid Deployment Vehicle Barriers

Pasadena, CA, September 13th, 2012 –The Port of Long Beach has embarked on a multi-year physical security enhancement project in order to improve the Port’s physical security infrastructure, traffic control capabilities and protection of critical areas. During the study phase of the project, different types of physical barriers were evaluated for their functionality, operation and performance criteria.

Meridian Rapid Defense Group’s Archer 1200 vehicle barriers were selected by the Port of Long Beach to fulfill the Port’s need for enhanced physical security. The Archer 1200 barriers are configured for expedited deployment and, as needed, retrieval and relocation. The Archer barriers are modular and can be deployed in a straight line, in rows, in serpentine configuration as a main perimeter security system or in support of an area that requires maintenance.

Meridian supplied modified trailers to transport the Archer 1200 vehicle barriers purchased by the Port. Nine Archer 1200 barriers are able to be deployed from a trailer within 10 minutes to secure up to 58 feet of perimeter.

Procurement of Meridian’s portable vehicle barriers is fully funded by a FY 2008 California Port and Maritime Security Grant Program and a U.S. Department of Homeland Security FY 2009 Homeland Security Grant Program Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). HCI Systems, Inc. was awarded the contract by the Port of Long Beach to supply Meridian’s Archer anti-vehicle barriers.

“Meridian caters to a niche market within the physical security sector, focusing on Emergency Response Kits (ERK’s) and temporary physical security requirements. In today’s world of rapidly changing security threats, the company has seen an increase in business due to our products speed of deployment and lack of reliance on electricity or hydraulics to protect buildings and human life” says Peter D. Whitford, CEO of Meridian Rapid Defense Group.

Meridian’s portable vehicle barriers are modular and are adjusted to the varying needs of the military, government, ports, dams, water treatment facilities, oil & gas facilities, universities and the police.All Archer vehicle barriers made of ballistic rated steel and are an excellent deterrent against Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED). Meridian’s portable vehicle barriers can be deployed by one person without the use of heavy lifting equipment. Meridian offers a vehicle barrier rental program for special events. All of Meridian’s products are made in the USA and are distributed world-wide.

Meridian Barriers Go to Washington

Archer 1200 barriers in Washington, DCAs part of Meridian’s summer roadshow, we brought our barriers to Washington DC, a military base and other east coast locations to demonstrate the capabilities of our Archer 1200 barriers. While all of Meridian’s barrier, perimeter and entranceway security systems are rapidly deployable without requiring heavy equipment or large installation teams, Meridian wanted to find out if “seeing is believing.”

The gist? All were impressed by the Archer 1200’s rapid deployment and performance. No electricity or hydraulics required. No assembly necessary. A truly “drop-and-stop” barrier that gets the job done. Lastly, people were excited that Meridian’s barriers can be rented for events held almost anywhere in North America.

What did we learn? Marines are tough customers who can easily deploy the barriers using our tow bar; no HaulsAll needed, thanks. And Washington D.C.’s rush hour traffic is legendary, but Meridian’s Archer 1200 barriers turned some heads – and gained some serious creds.

Contact a Meridian representative at (323) 282-7836 for a demonstration or quote. We’d be happy to earn your business.

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Video Clips


U.S. Dept. of State (DOS) K4 Crash Test
(Running time: 3:24)


Archer 1200 crash test with a 3,500 lb. car at 30 mph
(Running time: 1:19)


Video showing rapid deployment of
an Archer 750 barrier.


Video of an SUV trying to push
an Archer 750 barrier.


Downloadable media clips:

K4 Crash Test

Rapid Deployment

SUV Pushing Barrier

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