Historic Rose Bowl Employs Archer 1200 Vehicle Barriers For Year End Event

Barrier Puts Public Safety at the Forefront for Global New Year’s Day Crowd

To kick off the new year, Meridian outfitted the historic Rose Bowl Stadium main entrance with the latest in hostile vehicle mitigation technology. The Archer barriers are best-in-class portable drop and stop solution meeting both the US Department of State (DOS) and Department of Defense (DOD) guidelines and European’s PAS68 certification standards.

The barriers will support a robust security program at the year-round venue which hosts large-scale outdoor events including A-list concerts, World Cup soccer, UCLA Football and the annual New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Game. Archer 1200 barriers are specifically deployed to allow foot traffic and emergency vehicle access while addressing the growing risk of pedestrian assaults by malicious vehicle attack.

Archer Drop & Stop Vehicle Barriers Top U.S. and European Crash Test Standards

Meridian Rapid Defense Group (MRDG) announced that the Archer 1200 vehicle mitigation barrier has just received a passing certification on the European Publicly Available Specifications security standard known as the PAS 68. The barriers successfully stopped a 1500 kg vehicle traveling 48 kph becoming the only portable barrier to do so.

The Archer 1200 barriers already meet U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security guidelines and have demonstrated the ability to stop a malicious vehicle in fewer than 10 feet. The products have Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) certification and have been independently tested by engineering consultants at KPFF and Karco.

Protecting Communities from Vehicle Attacks

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. (more…)

Meridian to Focus on Sea Ports

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. (more…)

Meridian expands to European market with Dutch security experts

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. (more…)

Archer Barriers Selected as Winners at 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.

Serving Kandahar to the GRAMMY’s, Meridian Rapid Defense Group Named "Best Crash Barrier" in 2014 GSN Security Awards

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." (more…)

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

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. (more…)

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

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. (more…)

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