ESCO vehicle arresting system passes certification milestone

"Soft Catch" containment provides non-lethal response


February 5, Aston, PA -- Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation (ESCO), a world leader in the development of innovative aircraft and vehicle energy absorption products and solutions for controlling and mitigating security perimeter threats has successfully completed NCHRP and ASTM certification testing for its new In-Ground Retractable Vehicle Arresting System at the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). This highly anticipated Vehicle Arrester is a non-lethal device used to safely "catch" and stop any category of vehicle up to and including a 15,000 pound truck traveling at speeds of 50 mph. Unlike other anti-incursion devises on the market, ESCO's system will cause minimal damage to the vehicle and/or injury to passengers.

When asked about the new certifications, Mark Allen, Director of ESCO's Security Products Group, said, "Quality and safety are our primary focus when we develop new systems and these certifications are a testament to that focus. They also serve as an industry stamp of approval that helps differentiate our Vehicle Arrester solutions from others in the market today."

The ESCO retractable Vehicle Arrester resembles a large net that when deployed manually or automatically by a speed sensor, springs from the ground to immediately catch, cradle and arrest an oncoming vehicle while safely bringing it to a controlled stop. Unlike traditional cement barriers and imbedded vertical bar installations, ESCO's retractable protection device—unless deployed in an emergency situation—is installed below ground so it does not impede routine traffic or detract from the aesthetics of the surrounding area.

Beneficiaries of this solution might include: military bases, oil refineries, nuclear power plants and other critical infrastructure that require multi-layered and robust perimeter security solutions. These facilities can use ESCO's retractable Vehicle Arrester system as a primary perimeter defense or as an added layer of security to increase protection. Illustrative of the products versatility, agencies within the federal government have expressed interest in the ESCO Vehicle Arrester because of the range of vehicles tested, speed qualifications and most importantly, because this Vehicle Arrester is a non-lethal, "soft catch" system.

For more than 50 years, Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation, the cornerstone of Zodiac's Emergency Arresting Systems Divisions (EASD), has harnessed mechanical energy to provide customized arrestment and containment solutions for aircraft and transport vehicles. ESCO's Security Products Group (SPG) designs and develops leading-edge critical infrastructure and perimeter security protection products. To learn more, please visit www.esco.zodiac.com.