By Cameron Chai
The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has certified the Hygard BL80 Shock Wave Sentinel, offered by Bayer Material Science with a designation of Developmental Testing and Evaluation under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology (SAFETY) Act.
This means that the DHS has recognised the blast resistant building shield as a potential technology that will contribute to the US security by countering terrorism. Bayer Material Science has exhibited its product in the ASIS International Security Tradeshow held in Orlando.
The Hygard BL80 comes with polymer panels that are transparent and laminated and are attached to a steel frame. This steel frame stands on a concrete foundation. In a detailed test that was carried out by DHS it was established that the Hygard BL80 can take in pressure of up to 80 psi and an impulse of up to 380 psi/msec. Since the panels are transparent, it will appear to have an open architecture. The panels can also be changed according to the specific needs of customers.
The Hygard BL80 is the first offering from the public sector business of Bayer Material Science. This division offers products and services that have been developed by using processes that are compliant to ISO 9001 standards. The public sector business will also cater to the Bayer Government Services group, which has already completed federal research projects worth $2 million and has $3 million worth projects in the offing.