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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
June 9, 2015

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Innovation at IFSEC: High Fence by Mojo Barriers

cees mojoMojo Barriers is exhibiting at IFSEC for the first time, introducing its new product, High Fence.

Developed specifically for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Australia last year the fence is now available to the global security market.

Below the company’s CEO, Cees Muurling, gives us the lowdown on how the company developed and manufactured the product in such a short period, what distinguishes it from competitors and his plans for the show.

IFSEC Global: Could you tell us a bit about what your product(s) do?

Cees Muurling: High Fence is a new barrier system ideal for segregating areas, controlling crowd flow and protecting buildings and perimeters. It is exceptionally strong; designed to withstand intensive destructive attacks and hooliganism.

It consists of 1m wide and 2.4m high sections of reinforced aluminium barrier with a see-through Polycarbonate upper, giving uninterrupted sightlines for police and security personnel. These sections can be easily linked together to create incredibly tough barrier lines, which can also go over curbs and uneven ground without losing stability.

High Fence joins our product range of crowd control equipment including our traditional stage barrier which is used on global tours, festivals and events from The Rolling Stones and U2 to Taylor Swift and Madonna, Glastonbury festival to Tomorrowworld festival and The London 2012 Olympics to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

We’re always looking to innovate and also recently launched our Gatekeeper system, an intelligent turnstile which gives vital real-time capacity information.

IG: How is it innovative? What does it do that no other product does?

CM: We developed High Fence with ease of build, strength and aesthetics in mind. It looks good, which is not common for a barrier product – people expect wire fencing and concrete bollards. Because it’s based on our stage barrier system it is also extremely easy to build. No plant equipment is required, just two crew members who can construct it by hand.

Also, the clear polycarbonate upper allows police and security professionals’ uninterrupted views at all times.

mojo high fence 2IG: How did you get the idea?

CM: Our Australian office has worked with local councils and event organisers across the continent for many years now, supplying our traditional stage barrier to music festivals and cultural events. When Brisbane secured the G20 Leaders’ Summit (which took place in November 2014 and saw dignitaries including Barack Obama in attendance) the organisers and the local police authorities contacted us.

They wanted a secure barrier system which would offer protection to buildings and delegates, but there was nothing on the market that fitted their needs. Everything tended to be heavy fencing systems, which would take ages to install, and didn’t look great either. We had very short timeline to design and manufacture 2,500m (2.5 km) of High Fence in time for the Summit.

Every single meter was used for the G20 Summit, at multiple sites across the city. There was also intensive testing where we used bombs, guns, sledgehammers and other weapons to ensure the stability and durability of the system. Our team then installed it across the city, in one of the most time-sensitive projects in our history.

IG: Which kind of customers will be interested in this product?

CM: High Fence is ideal for any event, venue or city that is expecting a crowd, or simply needs to section off areas of its location. It is also ideal for channelling people from train stations and public transport and protecting and segregating areas during riots, public events and sporting occasions.

The customers we think will be interested in the product is anyone involved in procurement or security at these sorts of occasions, or those that have the need for a strong, yet aesthetic perimeter protection system.

IG: What are your plans or expectations for IFSEC?

CM: This is a new market for us and we’re looking forward to bringing the industry’s attention to the benefits of High Fence and our other products. We’ll be letting visitors get hands on with the product and test the strength for themselves, as well as having our experienced team available on the stand to discuss crowd control and perimeter protection needs in general.

Crowd control and perimeter protection is about so much more than simply just the products themselves, it’s about analysing the site/location, predicting behaviour and planning correctly. That’s what we’ve been doing for the last 25 years.

Mojo Barriers will be showcasing the High Fence on stand C1925 at IFSEC International 2015. 

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