In 2009 Explora was awarded a contract for the design of the Entry Control Point and physical perimeter defences of ISAF/NATO HQ in Kabul. The scope included conducting a detailed All-Hazard analysis for the base and the development of four different mitigation strategies. Once the client decided on the preferred option, Explora was commissioned to develop a full construction tender package for the works.
Alongside the design and construction of the perimeter security infrastructure, Explora also designed and constructed the vehicle and personnel Entry Controls. This covered Operational, Technological & Physical spheres. The objective was to minimise security personnel exposure to Blast and Ballistic threats as well as maximising their operational efficiency and physical comfort.
Explora performed the Project Management and Quality Assurance for the construction works and Certification of the project. The entry control, walls, designs and systems represent leading-edge blast-and ballistic-mitigating technology incorporating DynaBlok materials and hot-sprayed polymer.
This €35M project is considered one of the most sophisticated physical Force Protection endeavors performed by NATO in Afghanistan.
Explora Security continues to support Operation Resolute Support - the NATO-led follow-on mission in Afghanistan.
Entry Control Design & Build
Perimeter Security & Entry Control Point
Explora Security was tasked to perform a Security Survey, Blast Risk Analysis and Protective Blast Design for the site (and it’s perimeters) selected as the residence for the Quartet Representative in Jerusalem. This involved close liaison with the Representative’s security team, the UK Metropolitan Police Special Operations team (SO1) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The initial stage saw Explora perform a survey to determine the resistance of the proposed new building to the effects of an explosive attack as well as the possible threat scenarios that it could be exposed to. Further analysis took place to establish what steps would need to be taken to improve the protection and access control. Once these were identified a design was submitted showing the use of additional protective works and retrofit options.
Explora Security were also asked by the Quartet / London Metropolitan Police Personal Protection to design a blast mitigating wall to protect the new headquarters. The building is designed to withstand significant blast pressures from a VBIED or similar source at very close ranges. The wall will deflect and absorb the blast, using reinforced concrete and Dynablok in a composite structure.
It is a supreme example of the state-of-the-art entry control, advanced anti-blast technology that can now be incorporated into a beautifully designed and finished structure.
Retrofit & Architecturally Sensitive Entry Control
The brief was to create an upgraded Vehicle Screening Facility, incorporating strengthened vehicle screening and search capabilities to meet updated and evolving threats, support the expansion of increased construction traffic, provide new technological tools & operational space - along with increasing hostile vehicle mitigation for RCMP officers and staff.
The project introduced new capabilities and technologies such as ballistic resistant guard booths, under vehicle inspection, radiation detection, mobile x-ray, drop arm crash barriers, license plate recognition and under vehicle inspection.
Particular focus was made on introducing blast protection - of personnel, technology investment and to preserve site access integrity. To validate the protection levels Test Walls were assembled and tested extensively in various blast conditions.
All of this had to be installed in an architectural and heritage environment to short timescales.
Entry Control Point Pilot Programme
Explora conducted the design and turn-key delivery of the Entry Control Point Pilot program (ECPPP) in Iraq for the US Marine Corps.
This is a unique state-of-the-art demonstrator project of US Governments Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) certified anti-terrorist technologies (detection, prevention and mitigation) where Explora took the role of lead designer and integrator (including construction and installation) for the ECPPP.
The US Government wished to construct a state-of-the-art Entry Control Operation in order to act as a template for US bases in High Threat Environments world wide.
Explora Security acted as the systems integrator for the project as it incorporated design and integration of blast resistant structures and innovative technologies.
The design concept was to reduce direct human contact until the threat of an IED has been reduced as far as possible. All personnel are located in blast resistant buildings for normal operations. Buildings have the capacity to survive a large IED attack so that troops can fight off the subsequent multi-phase assault.
The design requirements included the ability to process in excess of 15,000 vehicles per month, including convoys of up to 200 trucks arriving simultaneously, requiring large holding areas.
The solution called for:
Rail mounted vehicle X-ray
Under vehicle scanning
Barriers/Bollards K4, K8, K12
Surveillance Camera Systems
DynaShield Window Systems
Fibre Optic Cabling
Control systems for traffic/pedestrian access
Public address system
Entry Control Systems - Additional Projects
The projects listed above are just a sample of Explora Security's proven track record in the design, build, certification, testing & real-world application of Entry Control techniques and technologies.
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