Personal bodyguards giving close protection to their principles have been with us at least since the Roman times when the Praetorian guards saw to the physical safety of Roman generals. And the Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Chinese, Indian civilizations had their versions of close protection. This protection was often done by horseback, or by chariot, even elephants. Vehicles in executive protection have been instrumental throughout history. As the principle travels, so do the bodyguards. Bodyguards in cars began as soon as wealthy or powerful individuals started using big-cabin, armored cars in the mid 1910’s in which bodyguards could ride with their charges.
Today, bodyguards and powerful, fast, sexy cars are part of global zeitgeist. And over the past ten years or so the use of bulked up SUV’s for transporting politicians, executives and VIPs have put executive protection in with the black SUV look. Armoring technology and bulletproof glass from military deployments have been incorporated into custom cars with heavy resistance to certain gun or light weapons attacks – typically depicted in action movies.
Smart, armored close protection vehicles are progressing rapidly, and in some cases where very heavy protection is needed, transportation vehicles are becoming much the hybrid between military and civilian-designed vehicles. The Roshel Smart Armored Vehicle is the latest example. The latest technology for protection inside vehicles includes satellite/cellular communication, interactive armor panels, optic-fire source detection, nigh vision, drones, remote monitoring and biometrics.
At WWPro we take in-vehicle transportation so seriously it is a major part of our company business, both in planning and prep work, and execution.