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If you are coming to the UK as a visitor, you are allowed to stay here for up to 6 months in most cases. If you want to stay here for longer than 6 months, you may require a visa. To be allowed to enter or pass through the UK, you must meet certain requirements. The UK Border Agency ensures that all vehicles and pedestrians entering the UK meet these requirements and prevent the entry of unauthorised people, goods or vehicles. Paramount Security Group, based in Stoke on Trent, have joined forces with the UK Border Agency in protecting entry control points into the UK. The full scope of work has yet to be completed, but already a large number of Paramount’s standard traffic barriers, which have been supplied complete with access control, have been deployed at strategic locations.

The choice of suitable equipment was a crucial factor in specifying Paramount traffic barriers; the nature of all UK border entry points requires a highly reliable solution. The chosen solution must cope not only with large volumes of traffic, but the ability to operate in all weather conditions was also an essential factor.

With over 25 years' experience in the automated gate and barrier industry, Paramount’s world renowned product range has been selected by the client after they researched a number of possible potential suppliers.

An initial trial lasting for one year, which included the installation of Access Control on four lanes of traffic proved to be a success. The specification for the Paramount traffic barrier was then approved for use on a wider scale.

When you return to the UK from your summer vacation, you may well find yourself being managed by a Paramount product, whilst having your passport or visa checked.

The project is being managed by Operations Manager Wayne Fitzsimmons, who commented “it’s nice to see UK manufactured products being chosen for use at high profile locations”. Imported access control equipment is difficult to compete with on a commercial level due to lower costs of production on the continent. The overall life time running costs of imported equipment are usually significantly higher when compared to the Paramount UK manufactured product range.