SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: SWHC) — Universal Safety Response, Inc. (USR(R)), a Smith & Wesson company and a leading turnkey provider of perimeter security solutions, today announced that the company has won the 2010 Government Security News (GSN) Homeland Security Award for “Best Crash Barrier” (Gates, Fences, Bollards, and Guard Booths). The award was based upon the company’s Expeditionary Mobile Barrier (EMB(TM)) and was presented at the GSN 2010 Homeland Security Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC on November 8th, 2010. This is the second consecutive year that a USR barrier has been recognized with a GSN Homeland Security Award.
Judging in the category was based on a combination of factors, including a demonstrable increase in customer organization security; technological innovation and/or improvement; the ability to fill a recognized government physical security need; cost reduction; and, efficiency improvements.
The EMB is an innovative, mobile vehicle net barrier that provides security in a variety of settings. Applications include utilization at security check points by law enforcement and military personnel, as well as on or near roadways by departments of transportation and road construction companies seeking protection for workers. The EMB’s technology is designed to reduce the risk of injury to vehicle occupants while bringing the vehicle to a complete stop. In addition, the EMB is designed to simultaneously meet two safety and security standards: the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration TL-3 vehicle barrier rating and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) PU-60 vehicle barrier rating.
The EMB system can be transported in a standard pick-up truck and set-up by two individuals in less than eight minutes with no tools. It can be reset with new brakes and reused after an impact, generally in less than five minutes, compared with alternative barriers that often require extensive repair before reuse. With multiple anchor options available, the EMB can be set-up virtually anywhere a vehicle barrier is needed. A wireless remote control allows the EMB to be raised or lowered within two seconds.
The EMB is a solution suitable for organizations that need a cost-effective portable, reduced-risk active vehicle barrier. It has been purchased by the U.S. military for facilities such as Fort Sill, a United States Army Post near Lawton, Oklahoma. Fort Sill requested a portable barrier system that could be set up in 30 minutes or less at manned check points with the added flexibility of moving the barrier to another on-site location if necessary.
In 2009 the EMB won the first ever ASIS Accolades Award in the category of “Most Transformational Product or Service.” The EMB is offered through USR’s GSA Schedule, and can be viewed at https://www.gsaadvantage.gov. For more information on the EMB, please visit www.fnss.futurenetsecurity.com/products/mobile-barriers/expeditionary-mobile-barrier-emb/.
Based in Franklin, Tenn., USR is a full-service perimeter security integrator, barrier manufacturer, and installer. As a wholly owned Smith & Wesson company, USR provides a complete range of products and services tailored to each client’s unique specifications. USR is proud to incorporate its core values of customer service, integrity, innovation, and quality into every project. Founded in 1994, USR is the creator of the GRAB(R) barrier system. USR serves a variety of clients in the defense, transportation, and petrol-chemical industries, as well as corporate facilities, airports, Fortune 500 companies, national laboratories, and museums. To learn more about USR’s services and products, call (615) 224-0400 or visit www.usrgrab.com. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.
About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: SWHC) is a U.S.-based, global provider of products and services for safety, security, protection, and sport. The company designs and constructs facility perimeter security solutions for military and commercial applications, and delivers a broad portfolio of firearms and related training to the military, law enforcement, and sports markets. SWHC companies include Smith & Wesson Corp., the globally recognized manufacturer of quality firearms; Universal Safety Response, Inc., a full-service perimeter security integrator, barrier manufacturer and installer; and Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc., a premier designer and manufacturer of premium hunting firearms. SWHC facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Tennessee. For more information on Smith & Wesson and its companies, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com; www.usrgrab.com or www.tcarms.com.