The annual Conservative Party Conference runs at the ICC in Birmingham from Sunday 28 September through until Wednesday 1 October. Having supplied temporary high security fencing to the main political parties’ annual autumn conferences for a number of years now, Zaun has developed a special version of its multi-award winning Rapid Deployable System (RDS) to assist with security for this event which is expected to attract up to 14,000 delegates.
The new RDS Lite employs recycled plastic blocks for anchoring the fence line in favour of the massive concrete blocks that help to give its parent RDS system a PAS 68 rating. Zaun stacks ten 15 kg recycled plastic blocks in a 2×5 configuration into two purpose-built 15 kg brackets held together by four long tubular pins. This arrangement anchors each fence post.
The configuration means that blocks can be carried up and down stairways and even on to canal footpaths, which would have been impossible with the 750 kg concrete blocks that are placed into position by a forklift truck for RDS.
The innovation follows a direct request from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) to develop temporary crowd perimeter protection that can be carried by hand and deployed in places that forklift trucks cannot access and where structural restrictions on weight loading exist.
RDS is estimated to save up to 90% of police time. This is why the Home Office has thus far bought 5,500 metres of the solution – including access portals, turnstiles and gates – to add to the National Barrier Asset.
Mob testing in the West Midlands
RDS Lite was mob-tested last month at Zaun’s West Midlands headquarters. The test day was attended by CPNI representatives. The system will now be trialled on canal footpaths in Birmingham for the 2014 Conservative Party Conference.
Zaun will also supply two special CCTV bases for the conference – one with a narrow view camera and the other with a wide view model – to try and reduce still further the number of officers needed to police events of this nature.
Alastair Henman – Zaun’s founder and director – said: “RDS was already unique in providing hostile vehicle mitigation up to 30 mph in a rapidly-deployed temporary fencing solution with no below ground foundations. We integrated advanced electronics and top end CCTV as an add-on to existing security arrangements to help better cover specific strategic positions on the perimeter. This latest version of our celebrated RDS literally lifts temporary high security perimeter protection to new heights.”
Back in the autumn of 2012, Zaun installed its RDS for the first time at party political conferences, in turn garnering police accolades and capturing the Security Innovation Award for 2013.
A year later, Zaun incorporated the latest Video Content Analysis system using high performance PTZ cameras into RDS and pioneered the remote policing initiative when the Conservative Party Conference delegates arrived in Manchester.
Temporary, PAS 68 and permanent fencing solutions
With regional offices in France and Dubai, Zaun boasts an extensive range of temporary, PAS 68 and permanent fencing solutions as well as expertise in integrating CCTV and perimeter intrusion detection (PID) systems.
Zaun was founded in 1996 by directors Alastair Henman and Paul Painter and remains a privately-owned company, manufacturing in the UK at its state-of-the-art production facility in the West Midlands. The company manufactures to ISO 9001:2008 standards and is a member of the Sedex ethical supply chain initiative.
Importantly, Zaun is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association, the Fencing Contractors’ Association and the Sports and Play Construction Association.