Safe­guard­ing

New Zealand fa­cil­i­ties against threats

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HTS GROUP is ex­pand­ing its op­er­a­tions in New Zealand to sup­ply world lead­ing anti-ter­ror­ism so­lu­tions to pro­tect the pub­lic from pos­si­ble at­tacks.

Rang­ing from sim­ple bar­rier and boom gates for carparks, right through to ad­vanced speed gates with in­te­grated con­trols, HTS Group’s tech­nolo­gies are de­signed to pro­tect spa­ces from unau­tho­rised per­son­nel that may in­tend to cause harm. The lat­est tech­nolo­gies in­clude in­de­pen­dently tested crashrated bol­lards, gates and speed stiles, de­signed to pro­tect peo­ple from threats in­side build­ings and out in the open.

HTS Group is ex­pand­ing its New Zealand op­er­a­tions through its of­fices in Auck­land and Welling­ton.

“Glob­ally, there has been an in­crease in vi­o­lent and dis­rup­tive in­ci­dents caused by dis­af­fected peo­ple want­ing to cause harm to oth­ers. While New Zealand is shel­tered from these sorts of at­tacks to a de­gree, they are not to­tally im­mune. Fa­cil­ity man­agers, there­fore, have a duty of care to pro­tect peo­ple in their build­ings by tak­ing pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures,” says Noel Ma­haraj, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, HTS Group Ltd, which has been sup­ply­ing and ser­vic­ing in­stal­la­tions in New Zealand with ac­cess and se­cu­rity tech­nolo­gies for more than 20 years, and is see­ing an in­crease in de­mand for higher se­cu­rity tech­nolo­gies in re­sponse to global trends.

“Enquiries for safety and se­cu­rity tech­nolo­gies have tre­bled world­wide in re­cent years, as com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions are be­com­ing more aware of se­cu­rity risks ev­i­dent glob­ally, and how to mit­i­gate against them,” he said.

Fa­cil­i­ties to which the HTS Group’s tech­nolo­gies pro­vide se­cu­rity and safety ben­e­fits par­tic­u­larly in­clude tourist hotspots, cor­po­rate head­quar­ters, gov­ern­ment build­ings, pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture spa­ces, sta­di­ums, cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties, en­ergy and fuel, re­tail, con­struc­tion sites and health­care fa­cil­i­ties.

ANTI-TER­ROR AND HIGH SE­CU­RITY

In ad­di­tion to tech­nolo­gies to keep build­ings and fa­cil­i­ties se­cure, HTS Group also pro­vides a range of anti-ter­ror and open spa­ces se­cu­rity tech­nolo­gies, to pre­vent out­door in­ci­dents.

The com­pany has part­nered with sup­pli­ers such as Ezi Se­cu­rity Sys­tems, Mag­netic Au­to­ma­tion and Boon Edam, with a shared fo­cus on safety and re­li­a­bil­ity.

“New Zealand will be host­ing the Amer­i­cas Cup and APEC con­fer­ence in 2021, so for­ward-think­ing in­fra­struc­ture and se­cu­rity plan­ners think­ing about pub­lic safety mea­sures should be look­ing at in­de­pen­dently crash-rated prod­ucts,” says Mr Ma­haraj.

The IWA 14-1:2013 is the recog­nised in­ter­na­tional stan­dard which spec­i­fies the es­sen­tial im­pact per­for­mance re­quire­ment for a ve­hi­cle se­cu­rity bar­rier ( VSB) and a test method for rat­ing its per­for­mance when sub­jected to a sin­gle im­pact by a test ve­hi­cle not driven by a hu­man be­ing.

HTS Group is an au­tho­rised dis­trib­u­tor and ser­vice agent for the Safe­tyflex anti-ter­ror­ist bol­lards, bar­ri­ers and crash fences, in­clud­ing the small­est and most cost-ef­fec­tive 50MPH (80Km/hr) bol­lards sys­tem avail­able, re­quir­ing only a 200mm deep foun­da­tion.

“Peo­ple want­ing to cause max­i­mum harm of­ten choose large open spa­ces, or well-known land­marks. The sim­ple act of in­stalling bar­ri­ers or bol­lards that mean ve­hi­cles are un­able to en­ter a large open space could save lives,” says Mr Ma­haraj.

HTS Group’s bol­lards can with­stand im­pacts from ve­hi­cles weigh­ing up to 7.2 tonnes at 80kph, which safely pre­vents ve­hic­u­lar ter­ror threats from en­ter­ing pub­lic spa­ces where they can cause harm to large num­bers of peo­ple.

SER­VICE AND EX­PER­TISE

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing an ex­ten­sive range of ac­cess and se­cu­rity tech­nolo­gies, HTS Group has in-house prob­lem solv­ing and tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise to cre­ate unique so­lu­tions for chal­leng­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

“We don’t see un­usual or chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions as prob­lems – we see them as an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide a unique so­lu­tion that will pro­vide on­go­ing ben­e­fits. Our team has the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to be far more than providers of qual­ity prod­ucts,” says Mr Ma­haraj.

“Ev­ery fa­cil­ity is dif­fer­ent, both in its phys­i­cal con­struc­tion, and the way it is used. A one­size-fits all ap­proach just won’t work when it comes to se­cu­rity and ac­cess con­trol. In­stead, we look at each project com­pre­hen­sively be­fore rec­om­mend­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate so­lu­tion,” he said.

QUAL­ITY PART­NER­SHIPS

HTS Group fur­ther ex­tends its se­cu­rity and ac­cess con­trol reach through part­ner­ships with or­gan­i­sa­tions that share a fo­cus on qual­ity and safety. HTS Group also places a strong em­pha­sis on qual­ity, and is BVQI, ISO 9001:2008, and AS/ NZS 4801:2001 – oc­cu­pa­tional safety and health ac­cred­ited.

“Our part­ner­ships al­low us to ex­tend our ranges even fur­ther into com­ple­men­tary ar­eas by work­ing with world-class com­pa­nies such as Ezi Se­cu­rity Sys­tems, Mag­netic Au­to­ma­tion and Boon Edam. It al­lows us to pro­vide com­plete se­cu­rity so­lu­tions, be­cause we can pro­vide a large range of prod­ucts and ser­vices from a sin­gle point,” says Ma­haraj.

FU­TURE TRENDS

“The se­cu­rity in­dus­try is rapidly chang­ing, both in re­sponse to global threats, and in a pre-emp­tive na­ture, to safe­guard against new threats that haven’t yet been re­alised. We’re see­ing a strong trend to­wards ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies such as fa­cial recog­ni­tion, which can of­ten be eas­ily in­te­grated into ex­ist­ing ac­cess tech­nolo­gies,” says Ma­haraj.

HTS Group pro­vides a range of ad­di­tional se­cu­rity fea­tures to their ac­cess con­trol ranges, in­clud­ing:

• Key­pad.

• Prox­im­ity card or swipe card.

• Re­mote con­trol.

• Bio­met­rics or fa­cial recog­ni­tion reader.

• Li­cence plate reader.

These se­cu­rity fea­tures ap­ply to a broad range of tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing:

• Bar­rier gates and boom gates.

• Swing gates.

• Slide gates.

• Kit­set slide gates.

• Pedes­trian con­trol turn­stiles and re­tractable gates.

• Ris­ing steps and block­ers.

• Crash rated bol­lards.

HTS Group says it also has strong ex­per­tise in traf­fic man­age­ment sys­tems, ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy, sports tim­ing and dig­i­tal me­dia sig­nage.

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