Most people have probably seen bollards before but not known what they were called. Some people refer to them by a more generic term, such as “traffic barriers.” A bollard is a vertical post that is short and sturdy used for security to prevent vehicles from crashing into buildings or pedestrian areas. The word appears to derive from “bole,” a Middle English term referring to the trunk of a tree, though today’s bollards are typically made of steel. The first recorded use of “bollard” in English was in the mid-1700s. However, bollards themselves have existed in one form or another since the 1600s.
In the last couple of years, there have been significant online attacks against critical infrastructure in the United States that have led to shortages, price hikes, and other disruptions of everyday life. If bad actors were to launch a physical attack against infrastructure, it could be even more devastating. Delta Scientific offers a range of security products that can protect critical infrastructure facilities.
You may have seen scenes in movies or on television in which the bad guys are trying to get away, and it seems as though they might succeed in making their escape, but then they run over a set of traffic teeth while going the wrong direction. Their vehicle disabled, they cannot go any farther, so the good guys catch up with them and save the day.
The first Nuclear Security Summit was held in 2010 with the goal of securing all vulnerable nuclear material worldwide within four years. Since that time, countries that store nuclear materials have made great progress, but the challenge of securing them has proven difficult to overcome despite three subsequent Nuclear Security Summits at two-year intervals. Securing nuclear weapons and materials is a top priority for the United States, and Delta Scientific products may have a role to play in safeguarding the facilities where the materials are stored.
There are two different types of bollards. Originally, a bollard was a post installed into the shore alongside a wharf to allow sailors to tie up boats and ships. The word is still used in this respect, but because ships of today tend to be much larger and made of heavier materials than the ships of the past, the bollards have to be much sturdier and stronger. Testing bollards to make sure they can stand up to the stress is important.
Many barricades, including some of Delta Scientific products, are permanent installations that require building deep foundations. However, these devices are not always practical. Fortunately, we offer alternatives to better suit your needs, such as the DSC1425 Surface-Mounted Barricade.
Press Release January 11, 2020 Delta Introduces 16-Foot ‘Open Frame’ Vehicle Barrier 16-Foot DSC550 Meets New ASTM F2656-20 Standard at M50/P1 with -1.1 Foot Penetration DSC550-16 Pre Test DSC550-16 After Impact FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PALMDALE, CALIF. – January 11, 2020 – Delta Scientific, the leading manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United […]
me may have gained more prominence over the past year. Here is a look at the top security threats of 2021 and how our products may help with some of them.