Lower Security Costs by Completing a Threat Vehicle Vector Analysis

Threat Vehicle Vector Analysis is just one of the design services that Sloan offers. Due to its specialized nature, we offer this explanation to help clients understand the role it plays in security design, and, most importantly, its ability to reduce project costs.

In short, vector analysis determines the minimum crash rating required at each location on the project’s perimeter. This crucial information forms the basis for an effective security design and is obtained by calculating the maximum impact energy possible at those locations. 

For example, suppose roadway geometry and vehicle dynamics at one site show that a 45 mph perpendicular impact is possible. This high kinetic energy impact requires a very well thought out design. Whereas a 20 mph, angled impact would impart less energy and require lower crash ratings resulting in lower costs.

Figure 1: Example Vector Analysis

The drawing in Figure 1 is an example of one such analysis.

By shaping a design to reduce maximum speeds and impact angles it is possible to lower costs and increase a perimeter’s effectiveness.

If vector analysis is so important what information is required to begin?

  1. What is the threat vehicle (e.g. car, SUV, heavy goods truck)?
  2. What areas or assets need to be protected (e.g. front entrances, gathering areas, critical infrastructure, iconic locations, etc.)? This determines where the crash-rated perimeter will be located.
  3. What type of threat is to be mitigated; accidental impact or intentional attack?
  4. What are the possible routes of the threat vehicle?  This may require a vehicle path analysis, which is another service that Sloan offers.

Based on these parameters a thorough vector analysis will determine the minimum crash rating required at all points on the perimeter. This crash rating can then be used to choose the right solution for each point ensuring that security solutions are not over-designed nor under-designed.

Using this approach based on foundational information and proven methodologies produces a security design which is both effective and efficient. The Sloan team of security designers works together to ensure that no possible threat vector is missed or miss-calculated taking into account wrong-way approaches, multiple approach strategies including (insider threat and deceptive approaches) to provide a very complete analysis you can rely on.

For more information, please contact collin.sloan@sloansg.com for more information on how we can analyze your sites. 

Sloan Security Group delivers peace of mind for clients with critical physical security requirements.

Interfaith Sanctuary Names Sloan Business Partner of the Year

The Interfaith Sanctuary provides shelter, a warm meal and compassion for Boise’s homeless population. Several years ago, this population was rocked by violence that required additional security.

It has been Sloan Security Group’s privilege to be able to be a lead a generous group of security providers over the last two years – Cook Security Group, Concentric Security, and ERMS/Peter Ashwin in providing security services to this vulnerable population.

CEO Brice Sloan said “Sloan relationship with the Sanctuary helped to clarify Sloan’s Why:

  • Creating Order from Chaos
  • Safety for the Vulnerable
  • Securing Trust

This is a link to an article published in the Interfaith Sanctuary’s blog https://interfaithsanctuary.org/blog/making-the-shelter-a-safer-place/.

The Interfaith Sanctuary provides overnight shelter, a warm meal, supportive services, kindness and compassion to men, women & children who are experiencing homelessness. 

Sloan Security Group is an industry leader in delivering integrated physical security solutions to clients with critical security needs.

Sloan Wins Best Places to Work Award

We are pleased to announce that Sloan was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2019 Best Places to Work in Idaho.

This would not be possible if not for our team and for each individual’s contribution in making Sloan truly a great place to work.

Sloan Adds Revit Building Info Modeling (BIM) Capabilities to Assist Security Design

Sloan Security Group, Inc. is pleased to announce new BIM capabilities to provide advanced security design services.

Sloan is now able to receive a Revit model, navigate through it and generate elevation views, export the design to AutoCAD, and use the model as the basis for fence and gate/barrier designs.

Established in 1991, Sloan Security Group is an industry leader in providing total life cycle perimeter security solutions from design, build to maintenance that address clients’ security requirements.

SSG Wins Idaho Technology Council Award as “Innovative Company of the Year”

Sloan Security group is please to announce that it won the “Innovative Company of the Year” category in the 13th annual Idaho Innovation Awards.

Organized by Stoel Rives LLP since 2006 and with Trailhead and the Idaho Technology Council,, the program recognizes innovative projects, professionals and companies throughout the state of Idaho.  Please see this link to the official press release.  

Other 2018 awardees included:

  • Commercialized Innovation of the Year: MultiGrip Workholding by VersaBuilt Robotics – quick change vise jaw system
  • Consumer Product of the Year: Ammon Fiber Optics by City of Ammon – City-owned and operated fiber optic infrastructure 
  • Early-Stage Innovation of the Year: Continuous Fiber 3D Printing (CF3D™) by Continuous Composites – 3D printing continuous fibers that embeds functionality with fiber optics and copper wires creating a part that can sense and react to environmental stimuli 
  • Innovator of the Year: Tracy Lotz, Founder and CEO, LiveRez – a pioneer in a number of advancements in the vacation rental space, from online advertising to online bookings to cloud-based management software.

San Fransisco 49er QB Steve Young was the keynote speaker.  

The innovation award was accompanied by this video (no sound).

SSG won the runner-up Innovation of the year award in 2016, for it’s work in Doppler radar animal detection systems. Additionally, SSG holds several patents for innovative barrier systems and its vacuum excavation innovation has revolutionized excavation in Sub-Arctic Alaska.

Established in 1991, Sloan Security Group is an industry leader in providing total life cycle perimeter security solutions from design, build to maintenance that address clients’ security requirements.

SSG CEO Brice Sloan accepts the innovation award.

SSG nominated for Idaho Innovation Awards

Sloan Security Group is pleased to announce that it has been nominated as Innovative Company of the Year for the 2018 Idaho Innovation Awards.

In 2016, Sloan won runner-up Innovation of the year for its doppler radar animal detection system.  In addition, Sloan has a number of patents for innovative barrier systems and its vacuum excavation innovation has revolutionized excavation in sub-Arctic Alaska.

The annual Idaho Innovation Awards is Idaho’s first and only innovation awards program. The program recognizes innovations, innovative professionals and companies throughout the state. Stoel Rives LLP, a full-service, U.S. business law firm, has organized and hosted the program since 2006 and is pleased to organize this year’s program with Trailhead and the Idaho Technology Council.

Established in 1991, Sloan Security Group is a leading U.S. provider of perimeter security security systems.

SSG employees standing between two deployed wedge barriers.

July 2018 USACE DoD Anti-Ram Vehicle Barriers List Update

The DOD Anti-Ram Vehicle Barriers: July 2018 document adds several new barriers and adds two new aspects of defensive geometry.

  • “interpolated” designs where a barrier is tested for openings of 10′ and 20′ and is also approved for in between distances. such as 13′.
  • designs where a barrier is only able to be used for a particular engineered distance such as 20′.  This is challenging if your site doesn’t work in neat 10′ or 20′ increments.

To create this standard, the DoD employs an ASTM International performance standard and testing procedure for both active entrance barriers and passive perimeter barriers designated as “vehicle-impact rated barriers,” or “anti-ram barriers.” The current standard is ASTM F2656-07, Standard Test Method for Vehicle Crash Testing of Perimeter Barriers.

The ASTM F2656-07 test standard rates barriers in twelve impact categories, with three predetermined impact velocities for each category and four potential penetration ratings for each impact rating. These penetration ratings are: P1 – < 3.3 ft; P2 – 3.31 to 23.0 ft; P3 – 23.1 to 98.4 ft; and P4 – > 98 ft.

A few characteristics to consider are listed below (list taken from the DoD’s Protective Design Center – unlimited distribution):

  • Impact speed at barrier (low speed impact): The use of some vehicle barriers
    presented in this list exhibit vulnerabilities when impacted at speeds other than
    those associated with the ASTM and DOS test impact velocities.
  • Design Basis Threat (DBT) vehicle, other vehicle weights and speeds: The barriers
    presented in this list have been subjected to impacts under the specific conditions
    prescribed by the test designation. If the Installation’s DBT includes vehicles
    significantly different than the test vehicle, performance of the system may differ
    from what may be expected.
  • Deployment mechanisms: The mechanisms used to deploy vehicle barriers vary
    (pneumatic, hydraulic, electro-mechanical, manual). The various mechanisms
    should be investigated and the choice should be based on the best fit for the
  • Environmental condition at barrier: Environmental conditions can vary greatly
    from location to location. Conditions such as rain, snow, ice, sand, gravel, hot, and
    cold need to be considered when selecting a barrier for a specific location.
  • Operations and Maintenance (O&M) requirements: Each barrier comes with its
    own operational and maintenance requirements. The O&M requirements vary in
    the amount and intensity from barrier to barrier. O&M needs to be figured into the
    overall life cycle cost of the barrier.
  • After impact barrier gaps: Post impact gaps may be an inherent characteristic of the
    barrier system. The barrier system’s post-impact condition should be carefully
    evaluated for its cap
Portrait of Jerry Sturgill

Sloan Security Group Adds Two New Board Advisors

Towards building expanding Sloan’s role as a security industry leader in performance perimeter security systems, Sloan Security Group is pleased to announce that it has added two new advisers: Jerry Sturgill and Ed Zimmer.

Below are their biographies.

 Ed Zimmer retired as CEO of ECCO Group in October of 2009 after 24 years with the company. Under the leadership of Ed and his partner, Jim Thompson, Boise based ECCO grew from 20 employees into the world’s largest manufacturer of warning lights and reversing alarms for commercial vehicles, with manufacturing plants in Boise, England and Australia with over 500 employees and customers in over 100 countries.

ECCO’s growth story is featured in the books Small Giants and Finish Big, both by Bo Burlingham. Ed led ECCO through 9 corporate acquisitions between 1992 and 2008.

Prior to joining ECCO, Ed was the Olympic Coordinator for the USA Gymnastics team, and Head Gymnastics coach at University of Washington and Boise State University. Ed has degrees from University of Illinois, Chicago and Miami-Dade Community College (Miami, FL). With Dr. Kevin Learned, he helped found the Boise State Univ Venture College program in 2013, and is currently a director there. He is Board Chairman and CEO of Blac-Rac Manufacturing Company, an early stage Boise based manufacturer.

Prior to his investment banking career, Mr. Sturgill was a Corporate Law Partner at Latham & Watkins and Stoel Rives LLP focused on private equity, leveraged finance, infrastructure finance and other transactions. He has also served as the Chairman of the Matterhorn Group, an independent manufacturer of private label ice cream and water ice novelty products in the

 Western US, and as the Chief Executive Officer of Respond, Inc., a regional armored transit and ATM servicing company sold to Loomis in a transaction managed by Mr. Sturgill.

Mr. Sturgill has closed over $10 billion of transactions as both a lawyer and as an investment banker.