Safetyflex Barriers’ Springline 50 wins prestigious 2019 ADS Security Innovation Award

Alan Pratt (chief security, science and innovation officer at the Home Office) has presented the 14th annual ADS Security Innovation Award to Safetyflex Barriers at Security & Policing 2019 in Farnborough. The company won the award for Springline 50, a new generation of anti-terrorist crash fencing that requires only 400-mm foundations and stops an 18-tonne truck travelling at 50 mph/80 kph in accordance with PAS 68 IWA 14.

Safetyflex designed and produced the fence within six months of receiving a request to protect nuclear and high security sites where the foundations required for current products were too deep. Springline 50 is now installed at all EDF nuclear sites, with installation at other UK sites ongoing and new opportunities opening in Europe and the US.

Mercia Solutions was awarded the runners-up position in the competition for MediaStation, a networked system for downloading and transferring video, images and audio following forensic procedures that has been used evidentially by the Emergency Services for disaster victim identification, in turn saving hundreds of hours of police time through remote identification processing.

Two further companies were highly commended in the ADS Security Innovation Awards:

*Jepson & Co for PlateSync, a networked security tool for preventing number plate cloning

*SeeQuestor for SeeQuestor Model 5, which enables the rapid on-site deployment and significant improvements to performance for the company’s established video analytics platform

Marcus Gerrard, director at Safetyflex Barriers, said: “This is a landmark award for Safetyflex, our products and our staff. We have used a combination of engineering pedigree with cutting-edge manufacturing technology to develop a product which is bringing safety and security to protect people and buildings right across the world. That gives us huge pride, but also spurs us on to further develop and improve what we do.”

Paul Everitt, CEO at the ADS Group, stated: “Innovation is at the core of the security sector as we seek to combat fast-evolving threats. Safetyflex Barriers has demonstrated agility and foresight in bringing to market an effective solution that addresses the latest terrorist threats posed to UK citizens.”

The ADS Security Innovation Awards celebrate the dedication, determination and hard work of UK companies across the security industry. On that note, Everitt added: “Successful companies delivering high quality products and services make a vital contribution to our national prosperity and security. Congratulations to all the companies who have been recognised and thank you to all those who are helping to make a difference.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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