Things to consider when having your gates automated
1) Make sure the gates work!
Any gate to be automated must work properly as a manual gate. Automation will not overcome problems with an incorrectly installed or faulty/broken gates.
2) Gates on slopes
Gates have trouble on driveways and entrances that run uphill. This will complicate the situation and often leaves larges gaps at the bottom of the gate to compensate for the slope. Gates can be installed on slopes but the flatter the entrance the better where possible.
3) Is it up to the job?
Make sure that the equipment specified is suitable. Failiure to do this this will invalidate the guarantee and result in faulty operation / equipment failure.
4) Underground motors
Underground motors need drainage. These motors are design to be fitted underground – not underwater.
5) Professional installation
Gate automation equipment should be sourced from and fitted by a profession installer. It may cost a little more but you will then have someone who will take full responsibility for the installation. Whilst it is tempting to buy your equipment yourself from one of these companies who have little regard for the industry and sell at close to trade prices direct to end users, this does you no favours and damages the industry and may result in serious accidents for which you may end being responsible.
Consideration must be given to environmental conditions, particularly the effect of wind on a gate. Even an ‘open railing’ gate will present a degree of wind resistance, and close boarded wooded gates are just like a sail in strong wind. This can affect the operation and life of your gate operating system.
7) Means of opening gates
Consideration needs to be given to how you want the gate to open from both inside and outside. Various options include: Radio remote keyfobs, Keypads/proximity access, push-buttons, ground loops and GSM via mobile phone.
8) Visitor/pedestrian access
If there is no alternative, dedicated free pedestrian gate, you must consider how visitors will contact the property to gain access, and how the gate will be opened.
For pedestrian access from outside without a radio keyfob a digital keypad can be used to open one leaf only or both leaves depending on the system. Alternatively, for visitor access some form of entry intercom is normally used. Typical examples are:-
- Hardwired audio or audio/video system with or without built in keypad
- Radio audio system with or without keypad providing a range up to 200m in CLEAR SPACE
- GSM audio with or without keypad – unlimited range but dependent on local phone reception quality.
9) Trade Access
Consideration must be given to necessity for access to trades people such as dustmen, postmen, gardeners etc.
This is often achieved by connecting a button to a time clock which would allow the gate to be opened during a certain time period.
10) Self-locking motors
You cannot rely on automated gate motor to provide total security to a gate. The addition of extra locks will make it much more difficult to force a gate open. External rated Electromagic locks can be added to the system for additional security.
For more information on automated gates or to arrange a free security survey please do not hesitate to contact Zodiac Security by clicking on the side tab.