Hardwire Armor Systems began by making a product used for the seismic retrofitting of buildings and infrastructure reinforcement applications. Today it is known for solving some of our country’s most challenging military and defense problems. These solutions range from armor kits for U.S. Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to E-glass panels and bullet-resistant panels.
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One specific area that has caught the eyes of school security professionals is the company’s school and office products. One such product is a Bulletproof Clipboard. Designed for everyday use as a classroom clipboard, it can also serve as a layer of protection in an emergency situation. The armor technology is derived from technology developed for the Department of Defense. All of Hardwire’s Bulletproof Clipboards are certified to meet NIJ Level IIIA protection.
Next in the lineup are the company’s Bulletproof Whiteboards. Hardwire’s Bulletproof Whiteboards are everyday instructor tools that can also provide emergency armor protection against an active shooter. These whiteboards are lightweight, durable and portable to protect anyone. They are available in NIJ Level IIIA and NIJ Level III protection.
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Hardwire is also known for its ballistic inserts for backpacks. The Ballistic Backpack Insert is designed to fit into book bags, backpacks and briefcases. The insert provides a layer of ballistic protection from handgun fire and can stop multiple rounds. Manufactured with Dyneema, a high-performance polyethylene fiber, this board weighs less than 1 pound and meets the NIJ Level IIIA ballistic testing standards. You never want to be in a situation when you are threatened by gunfire, however, if you are, you’ll have a chance with a Ballistic Backpack Insert covering your back.
Another unique armor option from Hardwire is its Peel-N-Stick Door Armor. These armor upgrades are essentially a whiteboard door panel that can be easily applied to any door to provide protection during a shooting situation. Each piece of door armor provides NIJ Level IIIA ballistic protection and is custom cut for your door’s dimensions and can be applied through an easy peel-and-stick installation process. (410-957-3669; hardwirellc.com)
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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Winter 2016 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.