Vehicle attack prevention at Lord Mayor’s Show

With over 50,000 visitors attending the Lord Mayor’s show in London, an innovative road block system was deployed to safeguard against a possible security breach.

Surface Guard, developed by ATG Access, was installed on Waterloo Bridge to protect the people at the event on 11 November 2017. The system was deployed in just an hour and a half and secured both ends of the bridge, meaning that road closures required prior to and during the event were kept to a minimum.

Specifically designed in response to the surge of vehicle ramming attacks across Europe, Surface Guard is capable of withstanding an attack from a 2,500kg vehicle travelling at 48 kph (30mph).

Glenn Cooper, CEO of ATG Access, said: “The need for increased security at temporary events has been heightened after the recent surge in vehicle attacks across Europe. It is now more crucial than ever that people feel secure and protected when visiting public events, but solutions used must cause minimal disruption to daily life to prevent creating a ‘fortress mentality’.

“Our innovative Surface Guard System was deployed to protect over 50,000 people on the Waterloo bridge at this high profile and historic event. We were able to deploy and secure the whole bridge extremely quickly, and because of the flexible configuration and modular shape of Surface Guard, it meant that obstacles on the bridge weren’t an issue to manoeuvre around. We firmly believe that this solution will prevent against further vehicle attacks, and will make safeguarding the public at temporary events easier and more robust for organisers.”

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