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Multifunctional modular barrier goes beyond HVM

11 March 2019
The Pitagone HVM barrier includes a punch tip to immobilise a vehicle. Source: Pitagone

Marseille Provence Airport in France has acquired the F11 Modular Barrier solution from Pitagone for temporary protection of designated areas against hostile vehicle incursions.

“Airports mostly use bollards for hostile vehicle mitigation [HVM] but these require maintenance from time to time, meaning that temporary measures need to be put in place to maintain security levels,” explained Pitagone CEO Marc Weissberg.

“The F11 is perfect for this because it is totally flexible,” he told Jane’s during the Security & Counter Terror Expo in London on 5–6 March.

The F11 can stop an 18-tonne truck travelling at 75 km/h but Weissberg also identified other airport applications for the modular barrier, including crowd control during special events.

“If an airport can demonstrate it can provide this extra protection, it could potentially earn additional business,” he remarked. “It is expensive to put in permanent solutions, such as bollards, but it does make sense to make use of the F11, which is a reasonably inexpensive flexible solution.”

The F11 offers the same capabilities as a bollard but it can be moved into position by trucks when needed. The barrier can be manoeuvred on the ground on wheels by one person.

The modular barrier is not only certified to the PAS 69, IWA 14, and US ASTM standards, but it also meets more exacting requirements from German regulators.

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