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First-Ever, Fully Automated Marine Security Gate Installed

NEWTON, N.H., May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Halo Maritime Defense Systems (HMDS) announced today that the company has completed installation of a first-ever fully automated marine gate at a naval base in Israel.  The gate spans the entire breakwater-to-breakwater length of the opening to the base, fully completing the security perimeter.  A simple push of a button retracts the barrier and allows vessels to pass. 

"Normally, the waterside opening to a base like this would be secured with surveillance cameras and possibly patrol boats but never before with a proven, automated 24/7 protective gate," said HMDS President Brendan Gray, a 30-year veteran of the US Navy whose responsibilities included force protection for eight naval bases in Europe and the Mediterranean.  "The marine gate provides ease of access while offering unparalleled security," added Gray, "and at significantly less life-cycle cost than the alternatives with a Return on Investment (ROI) of less than 2 years."

The HMDS Guardian® Gate has been under development for the past two years with the help of the US Navy and the Ocean Engineering Program at the University of New Hampshire.  Boasting a 15-year design life, the HALO™ barrier is the only barrier in the world to have been validated in independent, fully instrumented crash testing by the US Navy.  Applications for the new technology include ports and harbors, oil and gas assets, nuclear power plants and other sensitive waterside infrastructure.

Tom Ridge, Former Governor of Pennsylvania and First Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security and an advisor to HMDS added, "I am proud to be working with a firm that has developed what I believe to be the definitive answer to addressing the threats posed by small boats to strategic and sensitive waterside assets around the globe – military, commercial and even residential."

See the HALO™ barrier at ISDEF, June 2-4, Booth #C60.

About HMDS:    
HALO Maritime Defense Systems (HMDS) provides state-of-the-art, floating Security Barrier Systems to protect strategic maritime assets like ports, naval bases, nuclear power plants, oil and gas facilities and other critical infrastructure. The HALO™ barrier represents a new type of security barrier system employing advanced composite materials and designed to provide systems that are by-design effective, low maintenance and eco-friendly.  HALO™ is not a line of demarcation but rather a formidable, stable deterrent that physically denies access to vital maritime assets.  Perimeter security begins at the sea.

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SOURCE Halo Maritime Defense Systems