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.

portrait image of Derek Leen

New Hire

Sloan Security Group is pleased to welcome Derek Leen to its team as lead field engineer.

Derek graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State Chico with a BS in Mechatronic Engineering – a hybrid degree with elements of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering. He has had internships with Livermore National Labs and Tesla (through a controls subcontractor). Derek was also involved in the SpaceX sponsored Hyperloop Competition as a lead wiring coordinator, winning a Pod Innovation Award from SpaceX.

Unfinished workshop interior

Building Update

We pleased that from our August groundbreaking, our building continues to take shape with project management leadership from one of our founder, Ed Sloan (retired).  Exciting to have all of our employees under one roof again.

See below for a quick tour.

Metal manufacturing space.

Building the first story.

Progress – rain or shine.


Security Bollards stop a car during the 2017 Time Square car crash

Security Bollards Make Cities Safer and More Pleasant

If installed properly, security bollards aren’t just a security element, they are also a way for city’s to create a more architecturally pleasing environment. This article from Slate does a great job of going through some of the in’s and out’s of bollards.

You may not know that Sloan manufactures architectural bollards for customers around the world.


Doppler-biased radar detection system near Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Sloan ADS Doppler Radar System Receives US DOT Recognition

Sloan Security Group is pleased to announce after three years of operations, its animal detection system, installed on US95,  a few miles south of the Canadian Border, is being recognized for its reliability and effectiveness by the United States Department of Transportation and others.

The latest findings were published by Marcel Hjusier from Western Traffic Institute/Montana State University in cooperation with the Idaho Transportation Department and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Contact Brice Sloan at 208.412.7944 for more information.

Click on this link to read the paper.


Breaking ground on the new building.

Sloan Breaks Ground on New Building

We are pleased to announce our August 18th groundbreaking with family, friends, employees, and partners.  Boise Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Connors spoke and participated in the groundbreaking.   The future building will bring Sloan’s metal fabrication and security divisions under one roof.

The project is led by Ed Sloan, who recently retired from CH2M after more than 30 years as a project manager.

President Greg Sloan told the audience of more than 60 that the decision to  build the building is a measure of the success of Sloan’s projects and commitment to remaining in Boise.  He said it was also a measure of Sloan’s confidence in the future.

Sloan Security Group is an industry leader in providing comprehensive critical perimeter solutions.