In the photo: The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the largest land border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. It connects Mexican Federal Highway 1 with Interstate 5 on the U.S. side. The Delta Scientific installation here includes 50 custom-designed bullet-resistant guard booths, K4-rated swing gates, barriers and bollards.
Delta Scientific, a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the U.S. and globally, is developing new products to take on the increased protection of vehicle checkpoints between the United States and Mexico as part of the Trump Administration's plan to better secure the border. The firm is also designing new manufacturing flexibilities into its planning cycles. The projects will require increasing numbers of hydraulic barricades, bollards, traffic control barriers, portable barricades, beam barriers, sliding gates and guard booths.
"While the projects have not yet been funded, plans are already being created to upgrade vehicle checkpoints along the 1,250 miles of the U.S./Mexican border," says Greg Hamm, vice president of sales and marketing of the manufacturer. "Once building commences, the government wants all checkpoints operational in less than three years."
At present, the U.S. Border Patrol operates 71 traffic checkpoints, including 33 permanent sites along the border. Over the years, Delta has implemented vehicle-crossing protection at many of the most secure sites including El Paso, San Ysidro, Calexico, Otay Mesa and Tornhill-Guadalupe.
The most recent Delta project at San Ysidro provides a glimpse into the design and equipping of future point of entry checkpoints. Located between San Diego and Tijuana, it is the busiest land port in the world, processing an average of 50,000 northbound vehicles per day and features 50 custom-designed bullet-resistant guard booths, K4-rated swing gates, barriers and bollards.
In addition to the booths, products in the $5 million project also included beam barricades that are counter-balanced, hinged semaphore-type gates consisting of a crash beam, support and pivot assembly, steel foundation implants, cast-in-place concrete buttresses, and locking and anchoring mechanisms. The crash beam incorporates a high-strength wire rope that is firmly attached to both buttresses when the crash beam is in the down position. In a collision, the energy of the impact is transmitted through the crash beam to the buttress and the foundation.
Delta Scientific Corp. is a manufacturer of vehicle access control equipment with over 260,000 square feet of production in Palmdale, Calif. Delta's three product lines consist of high-security vehicle barricade systems, parking control equipment and guard booths. Delta Scientific has been engineering and manufacturing vehicle access control equipment since 1974 and sells its products worldwide.
In the video, see a test of Delta’s DSC1200 Surface Mounted Barricade.