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Rapid-deploy perimeter protection system advancements unveiled by Zaun

by Brian Sims

Steel fencing manufacturer Zaun has designed a new QuickFit post system for its Rapid Deployment System (RDS) that was first created for political conferences and forms part of the National Barrier Asset. The business has also pre-assembled a ‘plug-and-play’ variant of perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) expert Harper Chalice’s FenceSecure to offer a speedily-installed temporary HVM and detection fencing system.

RDS has been a firm favourite with police services for securing party political conferences since it saved up to 90% of police time and proved its rapid-install-with-high-security credentials during a whistle-stop tour from Brighton to Birmingham via Manchester for the three main UK political parties’ autumn conferences in 2012 and at the G8 Summit held in Northern Ireland during May 2013.

The new QuickFit post system halves the manpower required for installation, with a team of two able to install a 30-metre run in just half an hour in trials.

Detection of cutting and climbing attempts

Opposing wedge-shape protrusions on the posts and clamp bar serve as a pincer system to clamp the fence panels to the posts. They’re locked in place with a single bolt fixing per post with the head of the bolt completely encapsulated inside a tube such that it cannot be removed. Zaun’s R&D team has created a video to demonstrate the innovation.

Harper Chalice’s RapidSecure ‘plug-and-play’ PIDS is the rapid-deployable version of FenceSecure, an approved solution for high-security and Government applications that has been deployed successfully on many high-profile projects. RapidSecure takes that same technology and proven performance and allows it to be used on a rapid-deployable fence. It detects intruders cutting and any climbing of the fence fabric to provide early warning of an attempted breach of the perimeter and this allows for swift organisation of the relevant response.

Complete protection and monitoring solution

When integrated with CCTV, the solution can provide complete protection and monitoring of a secure boundary, in turn reducing the need for security patrols and allowing more centralised or focused response teams.

The overall flexibility and simplicity of installation means that the system can be operational and provide protection against intrusion very quickly. It also allows for easy moving and redeployment, making it perfect for temporary construction or roadworks that require a high-security solution.

After the Labour Party’s Autumn Conference in 2012, Inspector Steve Worth (of the Specialist Operations Branch within the Conference Planning Unit at Greater Manchester Police) said: “RDS is now firmly the preferred product for the delivery of security operations for party political conferences and fully supported by the Home Office.”

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