Gate access is at the forefront of access control for properties around the world, and for good reason. Access gates are the first line of defense when it comes to security, controlling who is allowed into a given space in a surprising number of methods. From traditional manual gates to fully automated systems, there’s an option for any property and any budget.
For today’s world, electronic access control is the best bet in town because of several factors. First of all, electronic access control allows for effortless passage for those granted access. This means no physical exertion is required for access, allowing a broad spectrum of people to hold credentials for entry. Secondly, electronic access means that gates in any style can be operated without complication or confusion. Finally, electronic gates allow for a fully functional access control system without the need for hiring a security guard or gate operator. It’s simply the most cost effective solution for most situations.
While there are a number of electronic gate types, perhaps the most convenient is the automatic gate system. These gates are set up with electronic sensors that allow them to open, granting access to those with proper credentials, without any direct action on the part of the party seeking entry. The appeal is obvious: access can be controlled passively, without intervention or complication.
No matter the size, style, or shape of a desired gate, it can most likely be installed as an automatic gate system. The only important question is: how will access be controlled and granted? Many automatic gate installations use a motion sensor or weight sensor to determine when a party is attempting to gain access, but for those with additional security needs, the system will be equipped with hardware to detect specific credentials. This means that anyone seeking access must possess an access card or other device with a built-in chip that signals proper credentials. The attached hardware detects the chip and the person or vehicle is allowed inside. Although there are a number of configurations possible, the basic premise is the same across the board.
Keep in mind that your automatic gate access control method will only work as well as it’s designed. It’s important to balance what you can afford with what is most effective in a given situation.
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