When looking at your business security, consider thinking about the overall site security rather than the building security. The measures you can put in place should make it hard for intruders to access as much of your site as possible. Every obstacle you put in their way makes them doubt their intentions to attempt a break-in.
Automatic barriers can be the first line of defence. There are many types of security barriers. Some of them can be automated and grant access at a push of a button. Some can be integrated with your access control system to automate entrance and verify the identity at the same time.
Thus, security barriers can suit a wide variety of applications. For example, residential estates, construction sites, event venues, hotels, shopping centers, car parks and other high-traffic areas employ this security solution. At the same time, this solution can as well benefit a low-traffic neighborhoods and sites.
There are different types of automatic barriers available in the market depending on the desired application and the budget. First of all, we can distinguish between hydraulic motor and electromechanical motor barriers.
Depending on the desired way to grant access to users, there are security barriers with biometrics, swipe card or UHF readers, GSM module, remote controller, and switch to exit button. Biometrics readers grant access using biometric readers such as the face, fingerprint, or iris options.
How to choose an appropriate automatic security barrier?
To provide the best level of business security at your premises, you need to understand the application, use frequency, and space availability. Answering the following questions will facilitate your shopping experience:
The duty cycle is the number of times the barrier can close and open without overheating. Residential barriers feature a 40-70 % duty cycle, whereas commercial ones - 100%. That means commercial automatic barriers are capable of continuous and intense use.
There are booms gates of different sizes and shapes to control your driveway (or other kinds of passage). The length of a beam can be from 2 to 13 meters. Hence, it is possible to suit the needs of industrial and construction companies with oversized vehicles.
There are some safety features to look for when choosing a decent security barrier, such as:
Make sure your automatic barrier complies with international standards as it is one of the ways to guarantee its safety and quality.
When buying a barrier, think about maintenance and operating costs, which can also depend on the availability of spare parts and qualified technicians.
The anti-vandalism valve protects the hydraulic system if the barrier arm is forced, whereas the anti-panic unit allows the manual opening of the beam during the power failure. These two systems cannot be installed together in the same system.
An automatic security barrier is the first line of protection against unauthorized visitors and vehicles. Choosing the most suitable barrier that significantly improves residential or business security is not that easy and straightforward.
To make the best choice you need to consider several factors, such as traffic intensity, types of users, and the width of the roadway. For instance, low-voltage barriers operated by remote controls are preferable for residential areas or areas with multiple-user access. And the best option for heavy traffic areas is a barrier equipped with a magnetic loop system.
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