These days, we experience passing through a boom gate on a regular occurrence, be it a carpark, unit complex or shopping centre. This type of automatic security barrier is the common method for controlling access and the flow of traffic into an area that is restricted.
Boom gates are a great, low-cost way to improve security and privacy, monitor and control the flow of traffic in and out of your property, and save money. But there are many other benefits of boom gates, as you’ll discover below.
Boom gates are suitable for all different types of properties, including:
- car parks
- shopping centres
- commercial buildings
- industrial sites
- units, flats and apartment complexes.
What is a boom gate?
Boom gates are the simplest, yet effective automated barrier used today. Consisting of a long arm that lowers automatically to block the path of oncoming traffic. To raise the arm of the boom gate, the vehicles driver must present a pass, enter a code, pay a toll or wait for recognition before it is safe for them to proceed. Typically, an electric motor raises and lowers the arm, while a sensor or security access system controls the motor operation.
Where are boom gates used most?
There are many uses for boom gates. They may be located in car parking facilities where drivers enter and leave the car park. When exiting the driver may have to present a receipt showing proof of payment to have the boom gate rise for safe flow of traffic.
Boom gates can be also placed at a checkpoint and at the entrances of restricted areas. Normally, in these instances, the driver will have to provide identification, tap an access fob against a sensing plate or swipe an access card to enter.
Boom gates can also prevent traffic from accessing suburban areas like roads, while allowing authorised vehicles such as buses and emergency vehicles to pass through. This restricts other vehicles from using these routes to allow a more direct, shorter route to reach those in emergency situations faster.
8 Benefits of boom gates
Here are our top 8 benefits of boom gates.
1. Improved security
Security is so important these days for commercial and residential properties. By installing a boom gate you can approve or deny entry to vehicles entering your property based on their credentials. If you don’t want a vehicle to enter your property, they can’t.
With a boom gate, you can also monitor and record the registration details of every single vehicle that enters and leaves your property.
2. Control the flow of traffic
Boom gates are the best way to control the flow of traffic on and off your property. This is important for properties with limited parking spaces that often attract a lot of vehicles.
A boom gate also allows you to control how many vehicles are on your property at any given time. And if your car park is full, you can prevent further entry.
3. Save money on security costs
A boom gate will save you money on security costs in the long run. You will have a one-off cost to install the boom gate security system, but once it’s installed it is very low cost and low maintenance.
By installing a boom gate you can often remove your need for a security guard. This means that you won’t have ongoing security costs once it’s installed.
4. Make money on car park spaces
If you have a car park, a boom gate with ticket system is the perfect way to make money. As a vehicle approaches, they will be required to take a ticket, and the boom gate won’t let them leave until they have paid for their parking time.
Especially if your property has a car park in a central or popular location, fees from car parking can be a very lucrative business.
5. Instant privacy
Are you sick of people driving around and having a sticky-beak at your property? If so, a boom gate will give you instant privacy.
If you have a commercial property and want to protect your intellectual property, trade secrets, and prevent theft, a boom gate is a great solution. And if you own a residential property, a boom gate can protect the privacy of your residents.
6. Efficient use of space
As far as gates go, a boom gate system is the most economic use of space. Swinging gates and sliding gates require a larger space at your entrance. In contrast, a boom gate only needs a small amount of vertical space to swing upwards.
7. Made to last
Boom gates are very durable and made to last. They’re also built to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear, and are low maintenance. Boom gates have only a few moving parts which makes them a safe effective automated security barrier. They are easy to install and maintain as well.
8. Easy exit in case of power failure
If there is a power failure at your property, a boom gate can be manually operated and switched to open. This will allow vehicles to exit safely and swiftly.
Boom gates from Commercial Gate Systems
At Commercial Gate Systems, we supply and install SEA Boom Gates for our commercial clients in construction, government, facilities management and property development. We only install barriers manufactured for reliability and proven access control.
For more information, please contact the team today