New breakthrough in glass safety and security standards
Filed on November 14, 2019
Salama Pro-tect launches revolutionary glass security and protection system in the GCC
The world is quickly changing with recent innovations and research proving that we have entered a new era of advanced glass security systems. The previously fragile material of glass now offers real and complete protection.
Today, creating a secure environment is the priority for residential complexes, banks, schools, shops, airports and vehicle windshields. A revolutionary nanotechnology glass system by Salama Pro-tect, which was recently introduced in the UAE, is taking the idea of security to a whole new level. The product focuses on preventing glass penetration, dramatically enhancing glass strength, heat reduction and complete UV rejection. It can even be upgraded to ballistic protection.
The new technology is dedicated to offering customers a stress-free, secure feeling of ultimate protection. After extensive research, some of the best minds in the world have merged the brilliance of science with practical utility and safety in designing this glass system for people's well-being.
To the naked eye, the glass looks perfectly smooth. In reality, however, it has many microscopic defects and cracks, forming an uneven surface. This causes it to break when force or shock is applied.
Salama Pro-tect proprietary technology covalently bonds to and repairs the identified surface imperfections, dramatically increasing the mechanical performance properties of the glass unit while maintaining original glass design integrity.
This concept was developed in the US for special use. Apart from providing high levels of safety and security, this technology is also environment-friendly.
Samer Chaya, general manager at Salama Pro-tect, says: "The product itself is 10,000 times lighter than the human hair, but 100 times stronger than steel. In terms of security, strength and performance, it is amazing and is 99.9 per cent clear. When the water-based technology consisting of carbon nanotubes and water is applied on a glass surface, it does not impair vision at all."
Currently, majority of Dubai's financial institutions, shops in the Gold Souq, Mall of the Emirates and high-end retail brands at The Dubai Mall, are already enjoying the benefits of this state-of-the-art technology.
Easy to install, immediate retrofit and risk reduction
One of the groundbreaking features of this product is the fact that it can be retrofitted. The team can simply come in and install this product on all the existing glass works, without affecting the visibility or thickness of the surfaces. In the case of your car windshield, it takes just a couple of minutes to coat.
It is now leading the niche market with its strengthening and hydrophobic coating solution. At the moment, there are no other products for glass security systems in the region, within the automotive, household, retail, or security sectors.
"Our product has a hydrophobic agent, so in the event of rain, it will repel the water from the windshield surface to guarantee better visibility while also preventing stone chipping at the same time. In the security industry, the only alternative to our product is bulletproof glass, which is much thicker, heavier, more expensive and more difficult to install," Chaya continues.
Protection from ballistic attacks and forced entry
The security facet of this product has two applications - ballistic resistance and protection from forced entry. Many high-profile customers want to secure themselves and their families. After the system is applied to glass windows or facades, bullets cannot penetrate the glass thanks to the product's one-way ballistic resistance.
Besides the vast security advantage, it is a cost-effective solution as other bullet-proof glass options tend to be expensive, cumbersome and impractical. The product can easily be installed by retrofitting existing glass panels or facades.
In the case of forced entries such as burglaries, Salama Pro-tect is the only product that can not only delay but also prevent glass from being broken for up to three minutes; the average police response time is one to three minutes.
"Generally, a theft happens rapidly within the first few minutes, as the thieves break in and exit before the police have time to respond. Salama Pro-tect products delay the break-in time, giving authorities enough time to get to the site and deter robbery attempts," Chaya continues. "The ballistic resistance product has passed the US National Institute of Justice standards and the forced entry resistance feature has UAE certification."
Salama Pro-tect works on this new-age glass system in partnership with Houston University in the US and Swansea University in the UK. The nanotechnology system is already prevalent in the US and used to enhance security in government institutions, educational facilities and airports; the company is now offering these products in the UAE.
The product focuses on preventing glass penetration, dramatically enhancing glass strength, heat reduction, complete UV rejection, and can even be upgraded to ballistic protection.
One of the groundbreaking features of this product is the fact that it can be retrofitted. The team can simply come in and install this product on all the existing glass works, without affecting the visibility or thickness of the surfaces.
"The ballistic resistance product has passed the US National Institute of Justice standards and the forced entry resistance feature has UAE certification." Samer Chaya, general manager at Salama Pro-tect