A drop arm barrier is a type of vehicle barrier that both directs and controls traffic while also providing perimeter security. These security gate arms most often utilize a steel horizontal bar to prevent access or intrusion at facility and building entry points. As such, drop arm gates are frequently deployed in tandem with a guardhouse at strategic entrances to commercial, military and government locations. Drop arms raise vertically up to 90-degrees when engaged, either by manual, electric or hydraulic operation.
Often incorrectly used, a crash arm barrier and a drop arm are not technically the same. A crash arm refers to an anti-ram rated vehicle barrier gate that satisfies extremely rigorous testing requirements for protection against hostile vehicle attacks (HVA). A drop arm could be as simple as the drop arms encountered at a railroad crossing or parking lot entrance or exit.
Since the 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks bombing, we have seen significant increases worldwide of Hostile Vehicle Attacks (HVAs), often employing Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED). These terrorist threats require more robust security efforts to mitigate and/or prevent incursions at important access points. A crash-tested and anti-ram rated vehicle drop arm barrier is an extremely effective defense to manage these hostile attacks. The goal of protective design is to mitigate and eliminate vulnerable areas in a location’s physical perimeter security. In the case of VBIEDs, crash arms and anti-ram vehicle barriers can provide increased “standoff distance” and save lives by preventing explosive devices from detonating close to people and buildings. This is one reason why Protogetic is proud to be the world's leading aggregator of drop arm barriers and high security essentials.
Barrier1 Model DACB-ELE-1200: The DACB-ELE-1200 is an electronically operated barrier gate arm certified to ASTM F2656-07 M50 P3, recognized by the US Department of Defense, and included on their Anti-Ram Vehicle Barrier list. And, because of its high-quality components, this device requires little maintenance and can be used in all types of weather.
BBRSS Cable Reinforced Crash Beam: The Cable Reinforced CR25 Crash Beam from B&B Roadway Security Systems is created and intended to safeguard at-risk access points and prevent forced entry or departure for medium to high-security establishments. The CR25 drop arm gate is appropriate for oil refineries, chemical plants, storage facilities, technical centers, data centers, nuclear facilities, military, and government organizations. It is available in manual and electromechanical working modes.
Protogetic's Vehicle and Drop Arm Barrier products are built by the security design industry’s leading manufacturers, using the best quality materials and cutting-edge technology. Nearly our entire vehicle barrier listing is anti-ram rated having met or exceeded rigorous crash testing at accredited labs like Calspan and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
Protogetic's marketplace of drop arm barriers also offers multi-purpose entrance drop arms that regulate traffic while also providing an anti-ram impediment for both accidental incursions and hostile vehicle attacks. In the rare event you cannot find the security barrier product that addresses your project’s unique requirements, remember that many of Protogetic’s Drop Arm Barrier manufacturers offer security products that are fully customizable. Use our “Request Custom Quote” tool to instantly message Vendor Representatives who can answer your specific questions. Contact us today to learn more about how you can protect your personnel and buildings with a drop arm barrier.