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.
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.
Benefits of boom gates
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.
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.
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