Gate access control is key when it comes to securing your parking area. Of course, access control is the most important point for safety and security, ensuring that only those with the proper credentials are allowed in. It’s easy to keep a safe and reliable parking situation when you control access to the entire area.
The best way to control that access is with parking gates. Parking gates come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials in the common forms: swing, sliding, and lift gates.
The most common type of access control involves a button, keypad, key card, or other form of electronic entry that is directly wired to the gate mechanism itself. Drivers attempting entry must interact with the device to be granted access, using keycodes, cards, and other similar forms of entry. This means limiting parking to only specific authorized individuals.
Remote entry is an increasingly viable option, in which a device within the vehicle grants access and allows entry, interacting wirelessly with a control mechanism in the gate itself. These can operate via push button or automatically, using proximity as a key.
For utmost convenience, automatic entry gates are a common option. These parking gates use pressure sensors or motion sensors to detect vehicles, opening the gate for entry. There are no credentials required, but the gate will keep traffic slowed to a safe and proper speed. These gates are best suited for parking situations with less security needs, obviously.
Finally, the most old-fashioned method for parking gate control is direct human contact. That means employing a gate operator. This employee performs the security function, allowing only those with the proper credentials inside. It’s perhaps the most robust form of security, but comes with a high ongoing cost.
As with any access control situation, the choice of function and style are determined by your individual needs and budget. Safety and security in your parking lot can never be underestimated. That’s why the most simple and effective defense happens at the access point.
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