Installing access gates at each of your facility’s driveways is a wise step toward achieving your business’s security goals. Exterior access gates come in many forms. You can choose from several secure methods to allow or deny entry to staff, visitors and intruders. The following three tips will help you choose the best access gates for your applications.
Keep the End Goal in Mind
There are several reasons why your business needs access gates on the property. Some of those reasons include the desire to:
- Protect property and equipment
- Limit access to exterior and interior spaces
- Monitor staff and visitor traffic
- Keep children or the elderly safe
- Provide flexibility for receiving deliveries
When you have clear goals in mind for your exterior access gates, your fencing contractor is able to customize your security features to suit your business needs. For example, if you want a gate-access system with settings that are easy to change, a telephone entry (called a tele entry) system may be the best choice.
With some tele entry systems, the access gate is connected to a business landline. You simply punch in codes to allow or deny entry. The gate can be set to open for everyone or to no one. The tele entry system can also be tied to a keypad system at the gate for twice the security.
Tele entry systems are also available for use with cellphones and devices. With these systems, you can control the access gate from anywhere. These types of systems are useful for facilities that are vacant or used only sporadically throughout the work week.
If you want to monitor traffic in and out of your facility, you can use a free loop system. Also called a “loop vehicle detection system,” this type of entry involves installing an insulated wire under the pavement in front of the access gate. When large metal objects pass over the loop, the access gates open.
Most free loop systems feature diagnostic tools and traffic-data memory, so you can later analyze traffic patterns and any problems in your system. Placing video cameras at the free loop access gate also increases monitoring capabilities at the gate. Free loop systems generally won’t recognize people or bicycles due to lack of metal, but they can be adjusted to recognize motorcycles and smaller cars.
Determine Your Facility’s Weaknesses
After stating your access-gate objectives, it’s time to consider the weaknesses in your property’s security and access protocols. For example, if you regularly have a backup of cars out to the street, you may want to install your gate farther from the road or widen the area where people wait for the gate to open. If you have too many access gates, you may want to close off some access points and reduce the number of entry methods.
If your business is caring for small children, you need secure access gates on any exterior playgrounds at your facility. A keypad or card-entry system may be the best choice for an exterior playground gate. The playground access gate should be located in an area where it can be easily viewed from inside the childcare building. There should be video surveillance at the gate as well.
One weakness that facilities may have is a “tailgating” problem at entry points. This usually happens at secure doorways, but it can happen at exterior gates as well.
“Tailgating” is when one person uses their security clearance (with a badge, fingerprint scan or entered code) to open a doorway. If someone is standing behind them at the same door, they may hold the door open for that person and anyone else waiting to go inside. Tailgating is the way people with bad intentions may easily enter a “secure” area.
Most vehicle access gates are designed to thwart this type of entry in a car or truck. Depending on the settings chosen, sliding gates or barrierarm gates will begin to close before the next car can enter the opening. However, if you have exterior access gates for pedestrian visitors to your property, foot-traffic tailgating is a possibility. Your fencing contractor can help you design an access-gate security system that minimizes this possibility.
Consider the Property Layout
The location of gates relative to your property layout is an important consideration. With modern access security gates, you can choose wired or wireless systems. Both types of systems have limitations. There are distance limitations for a wireless system, as these systems must be installed relatively close to the gates they control.
However, wireless system gates can be quickly and easily placed in remote areas of your property where there’s no ready access to power. Many wireless gate-access systems offer solar power options and battery backups for added security. Some wireless systems do require frequent updates, which can be a hassle if you have multiple wireless controllers.
Wired systems are helpful when you have many gates that are far from your structures or power sources. Wired systems allow you to monitor all gates from one location. The wired controller can provide stable security for gates that are some distance from the facility.
Wired systems are more costly and time consuming to install. There are many components available for wired systems, so you have more options for your access gate.
Whichever type of access gate you ultimately decide on for your business, Carter Fence Company can help you install it. Contact them today to learn more about the peace of mind you can achieve with their secure exterior access gate systems.