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July/August 2008
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Proposed New Practice Evaluates Security Fence System Effectiveness

A proposed new ASTM International practice will allow a wide variety of users to differentiate levels of effectiveness among the many types of security fence systems that currently exist. WK19721, Practice for Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Different Types of Fence Systems, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F14.50 on High Security Fences and Perimeter Barriers, part of ASTM International Committee F14 on Fences.

“There are different levels of security required for the protection of life and assets,” says Charles Naegele, P.E., principal, Allied Consulting Inc., and chair, Subcommittee F14.40 on Chain Link Fence and Wire Accessories. “A standard is needed to assist in quantitatively ranking fence systems to better match the fence to the need.”

Naegele says that a list of users for the proposed practice is quite large and would include the military, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, industry and utilities. Participation is welcome, particularly from security professionals, in the activities of Subcommittee F14.50.

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