Guard Stations are the one piece of equipment that is used every day and a key asset to the overall perimeter security plan, as it houses your guards, as well as many other critical elements, such as monitors, gate controls, duress buttons and many other options.
The guards are your eyes and ears and it is imperative that they have a well manufactured, climate controlled area to stay alert. Additionally, bullet resistant booths no longer need to look like hardened boxes. It is easy to add architectural features to make the booths fit with the overall architecture of the facility they protect, and this can be done at a surprisingly affordable cost.
Guard Booths are the first line of control to let a person into a facility; it is necessary to have a well-protected Guard Booth to avoid having the guard for a high security facility turn out to be a sacrificial lamb to a terrorist.
The Army Corps of Engineers’ Protective Design Center has been very important in setting standards for perimeter protection of facilities. In the case of larger corporate facilities, the guard shelters tend to be larger in size to protect more people, and in addition to interior restrooms, they tend to have interior and exterior cameras, data communications and monitors placed on shelves, with pre-run conduits and boxes installed to make it easy to install the phone and cat lines after booth installation.
At the highest level of perimeter security, such as at nuclear power plants, Bullet and Blast Resistant booths (BBREs) are often specified so that they can act as fighting positions, and as such, they are also equipped with slide open gun ports and exterior blinding lights so that the attacker has a hard time seeing the booth and guards.
The use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) around the world serves as a daily reminder that even low-tech weapons such as homemade explosives and high-speed collisions are requiring B.I.G. Enterprises to develop ever more high-tech bullet- and blast-resistant guard booths to protect soldiers and citizens — and this mandate is nowhere more pressing than with strategically important targets like chemically processing facilities, nuclear power plants and government buildings.
A booth that is designed to resist the blast and remain intact and working, not only insures the guard’s life, but also allows the guard, who can if required, open the gun ports and return fire.