SecureUSA Develops Energy Efficient, Pollution Free, Anti Terrorist Vehicle Barriers

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SecureUSA, leading provider of perimeter defense solutions, is setting a new standard for the perimeter security industry through the development of new environmentally friendly, fully electric vehicle barrier solutions.

SecureUSA, leading provider of perimeter defense solutions, is setting a new standard for the perimeter security industry through the development of new environmentally friendly, fully electric vehicle barrier solutions. Aware of its environmental responsibilities, SecureUSA now has a full range of green crash rated vehicle barriers and bollards, ranging from K4 to K12 levels.

As the demand and regulation to design and construct green facilities across the nation grows stronger, SecureUSA is providing solutions to compliment environmentally conscience construction projects, and is the only company with a full range of green solutions.

As North America's leading provider of perimeter defense solutions, SecureUSA has secured the nation's most prestigious government, corporate and military establishments from the threat of vehicular intrusion and vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) for over 14 years. In the rush since 9/11 to secure the Nation's at risk facilities, SecureUSA has found itself having to install heavy duty hydraulic vehicle barrier equipment such as wedge barriers, retractable bollards, and crash beams, that are prone to environmental pollution. The use of hydraulic fluids produces messy oil reservoirs and hazardous leaks and spills, causing clean up and safety issues, not to mention noise pollution created by large hydraulic pumps. SecureUSA has found that hydraulic fluid leaks have led to soil contamination, and there has been a risk of water contamination at many sites.

In an effort to combat these issues and be more environmentally aware, SecureUSA has designed a new era in barrier technology, producing the green electrically operated FutureWEDGE™ and fully electric EB Series Bollards. These new barrier technologies have many environmental benefits, in addition to low cost of ownership, reliability and maintenance advantages.

Electrical Efficiency
When one thinks of a green product, efficiency of operation is imperative; in this arena the SecureUSA FutureWEDGE™ and EB active bollards do not disappoint. The vehicle barriers make use of a three phase motor which provides greater efficiency of power utilization than single phase solutions. The industrial-grade, intelligent oscillator converts incoming electricity to three phase power, resulting in lower overall energy consumption and allowing the use of any incoming power source.

Linear Actuation and Spring Assist
With the new FutureWEDGE™ design the linear mode of actuation maintains the pursuit of overall efficiency by moving the barrier in the simplest and most direct manner. Added spring assist further reduces the electrical power required to operate the barrier and increases duty cycles.

Elimination of Hazardous Hydraulic Fluids
The SecureUSA FutureWEDGE™ and Electric Bollard Series of vehicle barriers are completely electrically operated, eliminating messy hydraulic oils and hazardous wastes. There is no need for hydraulic pumps, hazardous hydraulic fluid reservoirs or hydraulic hoses, which are prone to leakages.

Less Disruption to Surrounding Environment for Install
The FutureWEDGE™ Series has been designed in both surface mount and shallow mount configurations. Unlike other barriers on the market these barriers can be cost effectively bolted straight down to a suitable road surface, or for greater crash rating, shallow mounted in as little as only 9 inches of foundation. This shallow mount design reduces disruption to the surrounding environment and underground utilities. It also speeds install time.

Simpler Maintenance
The three phase motor design featured in both the FutureWEDGE™ and Electric Bollard Series provides much smoother and efficient operation than traditional vehicle barriers, allowing the barriers to be easily reversed in mid cycle without high stress or wear and tear on the drive components. The simple electromechanical drive system has few moving parts and is easily maintained.

Further information - FutureWEDGE™
In 2006 the original FutureWEDGE™ was released, and this February SecureUSA released the new generation FutureWEDGE™ Series 2. The original FutureWEDGE™ is a very popular unit and has been implemented to protect key banking facilities, corporate entrances, parking garages and casinos, both in the USA, and abroad, including Australia. DOD Crash Tested to K4 level the original FutureWEDGE™ is able to stop and immobilize a 15,000lb vehicle traveling at 30mph.

The FutureWEDGE™ 2 with a single buttress, just released in 2008, has a higher crash capability and increased duty cycle. The crash certification now meets the DOS K8 level criteria, capable of stopping a 15,000lb vehicle traveling at 40mph. It is the only single buttress wedge barrier to meet this crash rating.

The aesthetically pleasing, single buttress barrier is perfect for the protection of a large variety of entrances. It has a plate height of 31 inches and can secure up to a 16 foot single entrance. In dual configuration it is capable of blocking very large driveways up to 30 feet wide. SecureUSA is currently testing a dual buttress version, capable of supporting even greater plate widths, or providing up to a K12 crash rating.

The FutureWEDGE™ Series 2 is offered with an optional sophisticated touch screen control system featuring state of the art software and a wide range of integration options. It is the first of its kind to use both a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) to operate. This provides greater flexibility in barrier control and the ability to design a traffic flow system to meet any unique customer requirements, as well as sophisticated networking capabilities. At an operating speed of only 4 seconds and with integrated lights and a traffic arm for improved safety and effective traffic operation, the barrier is perfect for a large variety of applications.

Further information - SecureUSA Electric EB Series Bollards
SecureUSA has recently developed the EPA friendly SecureUSA Electric Bollard. The SecureUSA rising Electric Bollard incorporates electric actuation, instead of the industry standard hydraulic operation and has already been widely installed across the US.

SecureUSA developed the new electric bollard in response to concerns with the industry's outdated hydraulic bollards which included poor reliability, a high level of required maintenance and limited sequencing capabilities, not to mention the use of potentially environmental harmful hydraulic fluids.

SecureUSA's design team solved these specific issues during the development of the new electric bollard and developed advanced technology incorporated into the bollards operation. The new electric bollard features a smoother and quieter operation, longer cycle life, traffic data and analysis capabilities, system diagnostics, onboard alert system and complete programmable operation.

The electric bollard allows physical security integration with common security applications such as gate arms, access control points, biometrics, and intrusion detection systems much easier. The electric bollard provides a high level of physical security as well as its technological advancements. The electric bollard meets the K4 standard and is capable of stopping a 15,000 lb. vehicle traveling at 30 mph.

In honor of SecureUSA's commitment to the environment, SecureUSA was recently chosen as a finalist in the 2008 Atlanta Business Chronicle Green Awards.

About SecureUSA, Inc.
SecureUSA, Inc. is the leading provider of perimeter defense solutions in North America. A majority woman owned business, SecureUSA's capabilities include the manufacture of unique electrically operated "green" vehicle barriers, integration of perimeter defense design build projects, project management, installation and maintenance services. Our commitment is to provide our customers with the look they want and the security they need, protecting facilities against asset loss or damage.


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