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.”