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9/11, A Decade Later -- Improvements in guard booths
What has the country done in the decade since 9/11 to strengthen its homeland defense and security, and better protect our people, property and way of life?
A great question that can and will create a lot of debate, but in my opinion, a fantastic job, so far. Homeland security is an enduring concept in both peace and war. The global war on terrorism is a long war and it may take 25 to 30 years because of the nature of the threat.
Our company has seen a tremendous rise in the level of ballistic resistance specified for perimeter security guards booths that we manufacture. Prior to 9/11, there were a few guard booths manufactured to resist threats from super powerful hand guns. Now, many of these same booths are built to resist threats from 7.62 NATO, all the way up to .50 caliber armor-piercing weapons.
In addition, these ballistic resistant guard booths are now equipped with gun ports to allow the responder a more secure way to react to threats, and more advanced electronics to allow the guard
to see the perimeter of the facility using cameras and monitors.
What is most pleasing about many of the guard booths we currently manufacture is that the government is asking the designers of these guard booths to make them architecturally more aligned with their surroundings.
Guard booths not only have been made more secure, but they are also being made to architecturally complement the facility, making them more to our way of life.
David King is vice president of B.I.G. Enterprises. He can be reached at: