Pasadena Defense Supplier Gets Certification for Barrier to Stop Terrorist Vehicle Attacks on Pedestrians, Crowds

Published : Monday, July 17, 2017 | 5:40 AM

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One Pasadena company is working to combat the threat of terrorist vehicle attacks such as those seen in London, Nice and Berlin over the past year.

Pasadena-based Meridian Rapid Defense Group said its portable Archer 1200 vehicle mitigation barrier has just received a passing certification on the European Publicly Available Specifications security standard known as the PAS 68.

This was after the barriers successfully stopped a 1.5 ton vehicle travelling at 30 miles per hour, becoming the only portable security barrier to do so.

In May, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration report is warning U.S. truck owners and rental agencies to be “vigilant” about the increasing threat of attacks from terrorists who aim to use the big vehicles for mass killings.

The Archer 1200 barriers already meet U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security guidelines and have demonstrated the ability to stop a malicious vehicle in fewer than 10 feet. The products have Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) certification and have been independently tested by engineering consultants at KPFF and Karco.

“Adding the European testing standard to the resume for the Archer 1200 is an important step for us in providing a rapid response security solution to countries in need,” said Peter Whitford, Meridian Founder and CEO. “The U.S. has been very proactive in adding portable vehicle mitigation to sports venues, city centers and government buildings. We know that credentials that match their specifications will allow us to show their superiority over current marketplace options.”

Archer 1200 Barriers are portable, modular and require no electricity, hydraulics or maintenance. They are non-lethal and completely reusable after impact. The barriers are single-person deployable and easily moved to allow emergency vehicle access or to react to a changing developing need.

“When an attack happens, one of the first things to go in the area is power,” Whitford adds. “First responders can’t be held at bay with failed security systems. Speed is always the most critical element.”

Archer 1200 Barriers were recently employed in New Orleans for the Mardi Gras parade. Painted a festive canary yellow, the barriers allowed free pedestrian flow through the streets while providing a solid perimeter to unwanted vehicles.

The barriers are made of ballistic-rated steel for armor piercing NATO rounds up to .50 caliber ball rounds. This feature was required for deployment in Los Angeles for the 55th GRAMMY Awards as law enforcement was on heightened alert during the manhunt for rogue police officer Christopher Dorner.

With headquarters in Pasadena, Meridian Rapid Defense Group operates in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia as perimeter security specialists. Meridian develops anti-vehicle barrier systems that are engineered for speed of deployment, allowing tactical or military forces to quickly secure politically, economically or environmentally important sites for short and long durations.

Meridian’s product line is focused on anchored and unanchored portable vehicle mitigation barriers as well as the supporting elements that ensure a fast and effective deployment.

For more information about the company and its products, visit

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