Gate access control is a unique and effective way of securing your property. Your front and rear entrances can be conveniently guarded by a full gate which can be opened with just the push of a button from inside or the swipe of a card or punched-in code from the outside with the right system.
Gate access control systems work similarly to other access control systems in terms of access control; you have an electronically locked door or gate that is connected to the access control server or IP network via a hardwired or wireless connection (usually a cellular signal). An electronic password is transmitted to the door lock when the proper credential – usually a PIN code or keycard – is entered, unlocking it, and allowing authorized personnel to enter. It’s that simple, and it works the same way whether you’re working with a gate system or a locked door.
So, how precisely does the gate opener work? When the correct code or other credential is entered into the gate’s access panel, it connects with the server, verifies the credentials, and sends an electronic signal to the door operator and control panel.
A swinging arm opener pulls or pushes the gate open in the right direction, holds it open for an appropriate amount of time, and then pushes or pulls it shut again; or a sliding gate opener, which uses a motorized gear to move the door open to one side on a track, by connecting with a “gear rack” mounted on the gate that allows it to open.
Most gate opener systems come with the manufacturer’s recommendations on access control panels and keypads. However, if properly installed, most access control systems and gate openers will be capable of communicating with one another (by a professional systems installer or integrator).
If budget and security allow, almost every gate access control system accepts multiple kinds of credentials, such as swipe cards, proximity cards, PIN codes, smart cards, RFID, and even biometrics and scanners. Many modern devices include video and IP intercom connectivity, allowing for more flexible and powerful access control.