Matthew Batson, Director at Bft Automation, explores the latest developments in the gate automation market.
Demand for automated gates remains strong, as property owners want more control over access – whether that’s in residential, public or commercial settings. As an installer, there’s much to consider when helping your clients make the right choice of gates for their property and keeping on top of the latest developments in the market can help you to find the right solution to fit their needs.
One of the biggest developments is the availability of faster motors for sliding gates, which allow people and goods in and out of a property at a quicker pace. Not only does this reduce the risk of unauthorised entry while waiting for a gate to close, but it also means waiting times are reduced. This is particularly beneficial for properties in busy areas where a vehicle could risk blocking traffic while waiting to gain access. Beyond these practical considerations, people aren’t as used to having to wait for things – and this applies to the time it takes to get in and out of their property. Faster motors are therefore likely to be more appealing for clients who have sliding gates fitted to their domestic property and who prioritise convenience. The choice of which faster motor to use will be impacted by a number of factors, including the weight of the gates. And, as always, it’s important to make sure that any installation complies with current safety regulations.
Protection from the elements
A further development in access control technology includes intelligent torque management systems, which update the level of torque required to perform the gate’s operation, allowing it to work at the optimum level regardless of weather conditions, temperature or the degree of wear and tear on the device. Depending on the typical weather conditions experienced at the site and the anticipated frequency of use, it’s worth looking at options that take these factors into account.
Installers often face the challenge of fitting gate motors in confined spaces, potentially making for a time-consuming and technically demanding task. When you only have a small space to work with, simple details can go a long way to helping you. By putting the fastening screws on the front of a motor’s casing, for example, installation and maintenance are easier and more convenient – even in particularly compact areas.
There are a range of options available for controlling automated gates – from intercom systems to remote controls. There’s even the possibility of using vehicle detection loops that are installed discreetly under tarmac, allowing the presence of vehicles to open the gates and prevent closing while obstructed. When advising on the type of lock and access control available to your clients, remember that in some scenarios it’s important for particular individuals to have security rights. In which case, there are motors available that come with personalised keys, which are unique, providing an additional level of security. As the access control market continues to grow, working with suppliers that offer more than just a manual means you’ll have access to advice and support on what new products have to offer and what you need to consider before advising on an installation.
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