Advanced Vehicle Access meets Mitigation

One of the most complex considerations taken into account when designing any hostile vehicle mitigation equipment is the ability to filter and allow authorized vehicle access. Such access may be required by event vehicles, deliveries or emergency vehicles.

When designing a product that accommodates for this type of access, the engineer must be mindful of the time it takes for access to be granted, the space allowed for the vehicle to pass through and the strength of the technology securing the access point.

Much of the portable technology available is widely used and suited for temporary events and mass gatherings, many of which require road closures. These road closures restrict access to the site which is likely to be heavily occupied by pedestrians. It is not uncommon for gatherings of this nature to call upon emergency services for reasons including fire and medical emergencies. Whatever the cause for urgent response by emergency services may be, it is imperative that they be allowed rapid access to and egress from the site to ensure that the appropriate action is taken with minimal interference.

Meridian Rapid Defence Group has carefully considered the necessity of vehicle access through the Archer 1200 portable barrier system. A 3 metre Arrestor Cable has successfully been used at previous events to allow authorised vehicle access without hindering the integrity of the secured area.

Other portable barrier systems may require a vehicle to be used as a gate, as they do not have the ability to allow vehicles access. Any vehicles used as a gate require constant monitoring so access can be granted as needed. While this may seem like a seamless solution, vehicles as gates are accompanied by complications, including the lack of insurance available for vehicles used for mitigation.

Where frequent access is required at a high traffic entrance-way or perimeter, Meridian has considered every angle of mitigation versus access and created the Archer Beam Gate. Made of UV and abrasion resistant webbing, this item is rated at 21,000 lb load bearing weight. Unlike other beam gates and access control technology, the Archer Beam Gate does not require hydraulics or electricity. The counterweight balanced beam is simply lifted to allow access for vehicles.

Held in place by two connected Archer 1200 barriers on either side, the strength simplicity of the Archer Beam Gate is unmatched by its competitors. Almost as impressive as its stopping power is its ability to be installed by just two people.

Upon impact by dangerous vehicle, the beam will crumple allowing the netting to draw in the attached barriers and stop the vehicle within 20 ft. This technology has been utilised by the U.S Military and energy hotel industries.

AML Risk Management were chosen as the Australian provider of Archer products. While the Archer Beam Gate has not yet made its way to Australia, 40 Archer 1200 barriers are frequently servicing locations around Victoria.

As event season rapidly approaches contact 03 9326 2244 or email to secure your dates for the Archer 1200 portable barrier system, or enquire about the Archer Beam Gate. More information on the Archer 1200 can be found at

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