Meridian Brings Archer 1200 Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Barrier Into Rental Business
Standard-Setting Portable Barrier Now Available to Support Largest U.S. Outdoor Event Market
LOS ANGELES, October 17, 2017 (Newswire.com) - Meridian Rapid Defense Group (MRDG) has partnered with equipment rental company eps America to offer the Archer 1200 vehicle mitigation barrier for rental in the Los Angeles market. The Archer 1200 is the best-in-class portable drop & stop solution meeting both the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security guidelines as well as Europe’s PAS68 certification standards.
The barrier rental program is being debuted in the Los Angeles market to address the number of yearlong outdoor events and the growing risk of pedestrian assaults by malicious vehicle attack.
“Meridian began as a military solution for rapidly-deployable perimeter security,” said MRDG Founder and CEO Peter Whitford. “Unfortunately, there is now a great need in the public sector as venues, markets and event spaces are often not designed to protect property and pedestrians from rogue vehicle attacks.”
Archer 1200 Barriers are portable, modular and easily moved to allow emergency vehicle access or to react to developing needs. The unique security solution allows for the ability to address problem areas as well as harden perimeters in response to changing threat situations.
eps America is a leading company in equipment rentals and has supplied a wide range of events for the music, sports, film and public event markets. Meridian sought a partnership with eps America to ensure that effective vehicle breach security was available and to displace common solutions like water barriers, aluminum fencing and traffic cones, which are inadequate protection methods.
“Vehicle mitigation needs to be addressed for every public event,” says Managing Director Knute Brye. “Planners cannot take a responsive approach. With the addition of the Archer 1200 Barrier, event coordinators can employ state-of-the-art engineering to stop vehicle breaches and protect lives, property and reputation.”
Archer 1200 Barriers were recently employed in the city center of New Orleans for the Mardi Gras parade. Painted a festive canary yellow, the barriers allowed free pedestrian flow and emergency vehicle access, 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 cal. 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.
MRDG products are also deployed at U.S. military installations including Fort Wainwright, Alaska and Kandahar Air Force Base; the ports of Long Beach and San Diego, Shell Motiva Oil & Gas Refinery, NFL and Major sporting stadiums and with the California Water Board.
About Meridian Rapid Defense Group
MRDG is headquartered in Pasadena, California and operates in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia as perimeter security specialists. MRDG develops anti-vehicle barrier systems that are engineered for speed of deployment. The flexibility of the system allows tactical or military forces to quickly secure politically, economically or environmentally important sites for short and long durations. Their 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.
About eps America
eps America, LLC is part of the eps international group of companies. With offices in Germany, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, North and South America, eps is one of the world's leading providers of event infrastructure such as grandstands, ground and turf protection systems, roads for heavy goods vehicles, security gates and furniture and mobile sanitary installations.
eps also handles project and CAD planning for major events as well as international touring business regarding infrastructure. With offices in the Los Angeles, Chicago and New York regions, eps America is truly a national company with the resources to satisfy the needs just about anywhere. Please find further information on www.eps.net.