Crowd safety is the winner as SecuriPods HVM devices make a low-key debut


It may have been a landmark moment for everybody at Securiscape, but it’s fair to say that the debut of our latest and most exciting product passed everybody else by when it took place this summer.


That’s because the product in question, the latest version of our innovative SecuriPods temporary HVM device, had a somewhat low-key unveiling, hidden beneath large A-boards lined up across the road leading pedestrians to the recent Nature Valley Open tennis event.

The event, which took place at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, passed off without incident with the pods in place for the duration of the week, following their installation, which took just a matter of minutes, requiring just one member of our own trained staff.

The Securipods are designed to keep crowds gathering in public spaces safe from hostile vehicle attacks by creating a barrier across any road or entrance that would be accessible to a car or truck.


Measuring just 79cm high and consisting of a framework bristling with steel fins, the pods have been proven to be capable of bringing an 18-tonne truck to a controlled stop, earning them the industry standard IWA-14 performance rating.

In Nottingham we placed a series of pods across the road at a distance of 1.2m apart, wide enough to allow pedestrians, families with pushchairs, cyclists and people in wheelchairs free access, but close together enough to stop a vehicle from passing through unobstructed.

To complete the look – and achieving our company’s aim of supplying security products without creating a fortress feel – the event organisers the Lawn Tennis Association used the pods as places to site A-boards offering useful information for visitors.

Mark Stone, managing director of Securiscape, said: “Our test result was the conclusion of many years of product development and so seeing the pods lined up in the road in Nottingham was a proud moment for everyone connected with Securiscape.

“We have always believed that while creating secure venues is important, it should not come at the cost of practicality, nor should it make people feel that they are under attack or put a burdensome cost on event organisers.

“That’s why we are so pleased with our Securipods’ debut in Nottingham, where we were able to demonstrate that they were unobtrusive, easy to fit and remove and above all cheap to transport.”

Rebecca James, Tournament Director of the Nature Valley Open, said “The safety and security of our customers, staff and players are paramount to us. Following advice to implement a specific HVM plan at the event, Securiscape were on hand to offer an effective solution within tight timescales.

“Mark went out of his way to ensure that the implementation of the Securipods at the event went smoothly, working closely with the safety officer and event personnel on site.

“The result of this meant that the erection and dismantle of the HVM barrier was a very simple process.”

Each SecuriPod is supplied covered with a recycled polyethylene cover, which can be supplied in any colour in order to match an event’s corporate branding, while its flat sides can be used for wording, branding or directional signage.

They are also designed to incorporate a planter, meaning that organisers can mount floral displays on top of the cubes in order to decorate the entrance to their events and further disguise the security below.

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