Only one high-throuput portal will stop a determined gunman or suicide bomber from entering a public building. The Barbecan Portal matches each individual pedestrian’s pace – slow or fast. Each pedestrian is scanned at the moment that a door is in place both in front and behind them. In commerical mode, any weapons detected result in the Barbecan Portal reversing direction and backing the pedestrian back out of the portal. US and British patents are granted. Prototype development is underway.
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Massacres at Newtown, Virginia Tech, Columbine, and so many others at schools, malls, theatres, churches, and businesses could be avoided in the future. An armed guard won’t stop a determined attacker with semi-automatic weapons. Technology is the answer – a portal that will prevent a gunman from ever entering a building. The need is clear. Sadly, research from Pete Blair, an expert on criminal justice at Texas State University shows that Active Shooter Events (ASEs) are rising rapidly in recent years. Attacks in 2010 at military bases in Afghanistan and Texas point to a need for better entrance portal solutions at bases as well as embassies and consulates – portals that will not just detect, but will absolutely stop an attacker. The attack at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport on January 24, 2011 that killed 35 and injured 180, showed that people passing through airport main entrance doors need to be screened. This requires a high-traffic solution like the Barbecan Portal. Conventional checkpoints are too slow and won’t stop a determined and well armed suicidal attacker.
Not only are the number of ASEs rising in recent years, the number of victims is also on the rise. In November 2008, terrorists attacked hotels, hospitals, railway stations, and other targets in Mumbai killing 173 persons and wounding 308. Barbecan Portals would have prevented this. On June 10, 2009, a lone gunman with an antique rifle walked straight through the security check at the Holocaust Museum in DC and started firing. A guard died. Had the gunman brought an automatic weapon and killed the other guards, hundreds might have died. The museum had over 2,000 visitors at the time. The problem only gets worse. A suicide bomber or gunman can enter virtually any structure and commit a massacre. Security checkpoints detect, but won’t stop a determined attacker. They will shoot their way past the guards. Barbecan Portals will STOP a gunman – or a suicide bomber – without interrupting or slowing traffic flow. Barbecan Portals are safe and track the pace of each pedestrian walking through.
The revolutionary Barbecan Portal would have prevented the majority of massacres at public gathering places worldwide, including these high-profile incidents that were prominent in the U.S. press. On January 3, 2010, a man walked the wrong way through a secure area exit lane at Newark Airport, causing a 5-hour shutdown. Had Barbecan Portals been installed as “un-breachable” high traffic one-way exit doors, this exit lane breach would not have happened. A wide variety of access control devices for secure areas exist today. Security checkpoints at entrances to secure buildings include metal detection and various forms of x-ray and scanning capability. However, if a person carrying a weapon is determined to pass through these security checkpoints knowing they would be instantly detected, they could do so, and until they were apprehended they could use their weapon with abandon. The 2009 shooting at the Holocaust Museum is a testament to this vulnerability. Many security systems combine identification mechanisms such as cards, fingerprints, or optical scan in order to identify an individual and allow them access. Unfortunately, a perpetrator may be someone normally allowed access to a facility or area, and use of an identification card will not hinder them. In the case of large gatherings such as sporting events, museums, hotels, concerts, lecture halls at universities, schools in general, and large business facilities, if a person with suicidal tendencies is determined to wreak havoc and destruction upon a large number of people, today’s security access devices will not prevent them from entering if they are carrying a weapon and intend to use it. A new security access control device is needed that will not only detect a person carrying a weapon and attempting to pass through an access point, but will absolutely prevent that person from passing if a decision is made to prevent them – that decision preferably being made automatically. Also, and given the fact that many of the institutions mentioned above normally allow unhindered access into areas where large gatherings occur, it is important that any new security access device allow uninterrupted passage for high traffic flow at peak times while still being capable of stopping a person carrying a weapon.
- Revolving Doors — A form of access mechanism still popular today is that of a revolving door. Revolving doors are deemed to be safe, people understand how to use them, and they continue to be designed into new buildings including hotels, banks and airports. There are negatives relative to using a conventional revolving door in a security application, and especially in applications where the amount of traffic is substantial. Conventional revolving doors provide a fixed amount of traffic flow, and the level of flow is always equal in both directions. Thus, at a time of day when most people will be exiting a facility, a revolving door will have one half of its capacity not utilized and is therefore space-inefficient. If a person in a revolving door was detected to be suspect of carrying a weapon, the revolving door would be stopped and possibly reversed, however if another person was simultaneously exiting in the opposite direction within the same revolving door, they would be stuck in the door or forced to back up.
- Double Door (Man-Trap) Security Portals — This category includes any portal with separate entrance and exit doors. Placing two doors or turnstiles in series in order to stop a detected perpetrator between them creates the requirement for both doors to be closed at the same time with no subject between them before the entrance door can open, and also that both doors should never be open simultaneously. This also prevents weapon passing from one subject to another when two subjects are working together. As a result, a person cannot enter such a turnstile or double door complex while the person ahead of them is simultaneously leaving. Thus the use conventional turnstiles – or any security portal with separate input and output doors – significantly impedes the flow of traffic.
- Barbecan Portals — What is needed is a security access control device that is safe, space efficient, provides extremely high throughput, and offers great flexibility in directional control, while at the same time absolutely preventing a person carrying a weapon from entering a secured area. Barbecan Portals are the right solution.
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