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More than ever, there is the need to keep both people and property safe from extreme threats such as terrorism and aggressive criminal attack, both in the public realm and on private land.
Many deterrents and preventative measures are taken to combat such threats, one such option being the use of high security infrastructure to minimise the opportunity for such threats.
Some applications require the use of crash rated bollards to offer even greater security. These include embassies, airports, nuclear facilities, and high profile buildings.
As such, we provide a range of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HMV) options using crash rated and internationally accredited bollards. These are specifically designed for use in highly sensitive and vulnerable areas at risk of hostile vehicle borne threats, such as stadiums, shopping centres and airports.
These systems are designed to withstand a higher usage and physical impact than standard systems, whilst still maintaining the same unobtrusive aesthetics to fit in with the local surroundings.
Certifications available include: PAS68:2013 (K4) / IWA 14-1:2013 (K12) / ASTM F2656-07
What exactly are crash rated, and in particular, PAS68 rated bollards?
BSI PAS68 is the Publicly Available Specification in the UK for crash rated vehicle barrier and bollard security products. The PAS68 standard defines the test criteria which a product has to be tested in order to comply and achieve BSI PAS68 and identifies impact test methods, tolerances, test vehicle type and performance criteria that need to be met.
PAS68 has become the industry standard for the testing and use of HVM (Hostile vehicle Mitigation) products to prevent vehicle born attacks. As these products have been designed to help counter against vehicle borne attacks, they are commonly used to protect high profile sites and secure locations.
The use of crash rated bollards and barriers is on the increase as a means of perimeter protection, and the PAS68 standard has been prepared to address the needs of those who wish to have the assurance that perimeter barriers and bollards will provide the level of impact resistance they require. PAS 68 specifies the essential impact performance requirement for a vehicle barrier or bollard, and a test method for rating its performance when subjected to a single impact by a test vehicle. The PAS68 rating a product receives is dependent on a number of factors, including vehicle’s speed and weight.
Similarly IWA 14-1:2013 is the International Workshop Agreement specifying the requirements for impact performance by the security bollards, and the criteria the products must meet when subjected to test vehicle impact. Again, the rating identifies the impact test tolerance and vehicle performance criteria needed in order for a product to conform and be granted a classification. Design guidance is provided in IWA 14-2:2013, and should be considered during installation.
The latest information on the crash rating specifications and guidelines can be found on the BSI website
The need for crash rated bollards
With the unfortunate rise in the threat of UK and global terrorism, the need for reliable and effective counter measures to these threats has also risen. One such measure is the use of crash rated, or HVM (hostile vehicle mitigation) security bollards, which have been specifically designed to help mitigate against the risk of vehicle borne attacks.