Paramount Studios has been equipped with Delta Scientific’s bollards and beam barricades to keep visitors and staff free from harm of terrorists and errant drivers. Perimeter Security Group installed the high security equipment at five different locations across Paramount Studios’ 65-acre complex.
“Paramount Studios asked us to create an aesthetically pleasing solution that would stop unauthorised vehicle entry at these five places but would still let production vehicles through when needed,” recalled Troy Blood, senior physical security professional at Perimeter Security Group. “With all the news of terrorists using vehicles as weapons against people, Paramount Studios recognised that they, too, could be a high-profile target. We reviewed their facilities and vulnerabilities and recommended a combination of Delta’s TT212 beam barricade and DSC800 high security bollards. Paramount wanted the job done quickly and at night so we wouldn’t disturb tourists or shoots.”
The high-strength wire rope of the TT212 beam barricade will stop a large or fast-moving vehicle weighing 2,722kg at 40mph. The beam is raised to let the passage of authorised vehicles through and then lowered to protect cars or trucks from entering. The TT212 beam barricades are seen at many nations’ embassies throughout the world. They are also selected for government facilities, restricted or reserved parking areas, impound yards, freight terminals, shipping and receiving docks, storage and warehouse entrances, arms depots and other places where standard traffic controls or gates are not capable of resisting such high crash forces or vandalism.
Paramount Studios also selected Delta’s manually operated DSC800 crash rated bollards for those areas in which vehicle passages are infrequent. The DSC800 will stop a 6,804kg vehicle at 30mph. It specified a model with cast aluminium decorative sleeves, which slip over the crash tube. If ever damaged, Paramount will simply slip off the old and slip on the new sleeve.
“Versus hydraulic or pneumatic operation, manually-operated bollards were especially cost-effective for this application because they were used in locations where they would seldom be lowered,” said Blood. “As a result, this expedited installation because there were no motors or power to contend with and also eliminated the need to work with any additional trades, such as electrical. All we needed to do was to make the barriers plumb.”