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Bollard is no crash test dummy

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article image The bollard penetrated the vehicle by approximately 700mm.

LEDA Security Products recently undertook what is believed to be the world’s first crash test of an automatic, electro-mechanical retractable bollard (ERB), at Monash University.

The LEDA ERB150C electro-mechanical retractable bollard, tested under the Australian Government standard, passed the 2500kg vehicle travelling at 42km/h crash test with flying colours.

Preliminary test results indicated vertical deflection of the bollard of 8-10% with no bollard separation at ground point. This was an exceptional result, given that the bollard penetrated the vehicle by approximately 700mm.

The crash test, conducted under strict conditions and supervision, was part of the SCEC endorsement process for the Australian designed bollard. Although tested under the Australian Government standard, full consideration was given to US and UK standards.

All post crash analytical results and video of the test are available at www.ledasecurity.com.au.

In addition to proving its anti-terrorist application, the ERB bollard is designed to rise and lower in 2 –3 seconds. One of the benefits of the ERB bollard is that its positioning is not limited to the proximity of operating equipment, and a series of ERB bollards may be inspected or serviced quickly with less interference to traffic.

The ERB bollard was awarded the ASIAL Best New Product for Physical/Barrier Security at the Security 2004 Exhibition in July, and third prize for Best New Security Product at the Safety and Security Exhibition and Conference in Singapore 12 months ago.

Testing of the larger LEDA ERB200C electro-mechanical retractable bollard will be conducted in December 2004. The ERB200C will also be tested at 40km/h but with a 4000kg vehicle.

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