A quick search of the World Wide Web can lead you to countless companies that offer perimeter security solutions for everything from military bases, industrial sites and commercial sites, to even residential property. Corporations around the world dedicated to the safety and security of their respective customers can trace their history and the history of their products as far back as civilization itself. With an eagerness for knowledge and curiosity, we've decided here at the SecuredByMAC.com Turnstile Blog to dedicate this week’s blog to the history of perimeter security. By looking back, we can look ahead.
Many trace the earliest form of perimeter security to Hadrian’s Wall in the Roman Empire around 122 AD. A turf (and later, stone) wall was built along the northern border of the Roman Empire to keep out barbarian invaders. Most historians theorize that the wall was built for a number of reasons, but more than likely served, at least in part, to secure the growing empire.
Another example of early perimeter security in ancient times was the Great Wall of China which was originally built to withstand nomadic invaders from the North. While the wall was somewhat successful, historians suggest that it served as more of a psychological barrier than a physical barrier. The very sight of the wall, it has been said, was deterrent enough for some to give up the notion of attack.
From very early on, securing the perimeter of one’s land or country was vital to the safety and security of people around the world. Using everything from sharpened pikes, wooden posts, and stone walls to more modern technological solutions, those in need of security have sought to prevent enemies and invaders from cutting through the first line of defense. In almost every war or battle ever fought, the military developed perimeter barriers to slow the approach of enemy invaders.
An age old example of perimeter security still in use is razor or barbed wire fencing. While many U.S. ranchers use barbed wire to kept cattle in and cattle rustlers out, the first World War saw the advent of specialized barbed wire to secure military camps. Modified versions of fencing and barbed wire are used to this day at military bases, around construction projects, as well as at a wide variety of other sites that are in need of additional security.
Today’s modern era perimeter security solutions like fences, guard houses, turnstiles, and access control technology are being used to protect many different types of locations. The technological age has driven the evolution of perimeter security beyond anything those early developers in the Roman Empire and Ancient China could have ever imagined. Perimeter security has largely become portable, turnkey, and easy to install. Much like the Patented MAC Portal and Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portal, perimeter security solutions are becoming more cost-effective, and they accomplish a lot more than simply keeping out intruders. Given the integration of access control technologies, it is easier than ever to track people’s movements and keep up to date records for time-keeping as well as payroll purposes.
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