Alan Pratt, Chief Security, Science and Innovation Officer, Home Office, presented the 14th annual ADS Security Innovation Award to Safetyflex Barriers on the opening day of Security & Policing 2019 in Farnborough. The company won the award for Springline 50, a new generation of anti-terrorist crash fencing that requires only 400mm foundations and stops an 18 tonne truck travelling at 50mph/80kph in accordance with PAS68 IWA14; this makes it more widely applicable to sites as less is required for installation, protecting Critical National Infrastructure Sites more effectively.

Safetyflex designed and produced the fence within 6 months of receiving a request to protect nuclear and high security sites where the foundations required for current products were too deep. Springline 50 is now installed at all EDF nuclear sites, with installation at other UK sites ongoing and new opportunities open in Europe and the US. Mercia Solutions was awarded the runners-up position in the competition for MediaStation, a networked system for downloading and transferring video, images and audio following forensic procedures that has been used evidentially by emergency services for disaster victim identification, saving hundreds of hours of police time through remote identification processing. Two further companies were highly commended in the ADS Security Innovation Awards:

Jepson & Co – for PlateSync®, a unique networked security tool for preventing number plate cloning.

SeeQuestor – for SeeQuestor Model 5, enabling rapid on-site deployment and significant improved performance of the pioneering video analytics platform.

Marcus Gerrard, Director at Safetyflex Barriers said: “This is a landmark award for Safetyflex, our products and our staff. We have used a combination of engineering pedigree with cutting-edge manufacturing technology to develop a product which is bringing safety and security to protecting people and buildings right across the world. That gives us huge pride but also fires us on to further develop and improve what we do.” ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said: “Innovation is at the core of the security sector as we seek to combat fast evolving threats. SafetyFlex Barriers has demonstrated agility and foresight in bringing to market an effective solution to the latest terrorist threats to UK citizens. “The ADS Security Innovation awards celebrate the dedication, determination and hard work of UK companies across the security industry. “Successful companies delivering high quality products and services make a vital contribution to our national prosperity and security. Congratulations to all the companies who have been recognised today and thank you to all those helping to make a difference.”

Notes to Editors:

ADS Group is the UK trade organisation representing the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, with more than 1,000 member businesses.