As members of the human race, we are born with the desire - or, more accurately, the need - to protect what is ours. Thousands of years of evolution have ensured that we will fight tooth and nail to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our property. When we are in danger, those little evolutionary alarms sound, and our bodies give us two options: flee or fight. Psychologists refer to this as the fight or flight response.
Gate motors have been around for about two decades and, like us, have evolved into quick-thinking, robust machines capable of relentlessly guarding our homes and offices like unflinching sentinels. They also serve as faithful servants, opening and closing our entrance gates without complaint - it's what they were designed to do.
The advantages of gate motors are numerous, and we will now discuss a few of them. We'll also talk about access control, which is a close relative
Aside from the obvious lumbar region detriment, getting out of your vehicle to open a gate can be extremely dangerous from a personal safety standpoint. We've all heard stories about people being kidnapped or attacked while opening their gates. Installing a gate motor may not completely eliminate this possibility, but it will certainly reduce the likelihood. Some modern gate motors have adjustable speed settings, which means you can have your gate open and close quickly, reducing the time the gate is open as well as the time you are stationary in your vehicle. There are also some particularly advanced operators with novel features such as beam automatic closing, which causes the gate to close as soon as the safety beams are cleared.
Yes, gate motors open and close gates, but there are several models available that do so much more. Some models have onboard timers that allow you to set automatic activations or prevent certain inputs from working at specific times, while others can be interfaced with third-party alarm systems and infrared beams to alert you when would-be criminals approach your gate. It's easy to see how a device that once served a single purpose has evolved into a small electronic defense force.
Why go to the trouble of stopping your car, getting out, and then straining your poor, long-suffering back just to enter your own property? It is unquestionably more convenient to simply press a button and let your gate motor take care of the rest. Gate motors also give you a lot of flexibility in terms of how you activate them, as you can connect anything from a remote receiver to an intercom and use it as a triggering device. There are even GSM modules that allow you to open your gate with your phone. It doesn't get any easier than that, especially in this day and age when our phones have become extensions of our arms.
4. Total control
As I mentioned in the introduction, we'll also take a quick look at access control. Access control is a broad term that can refer to a wide range of devices such as keypads, proximity card readers, GSM-modules, traffic barriers, and, of course, gate motors. The great thing about access control is that it gives you complete control over who enters (or exits) a property.
Some variants, particularly proximity tag readers, can be interfaced with computers, allowing the user to upload transaction logs, remotely edit functionality, selectively add and delete users, and so on.
Innovation in the field has also ensured that no matter what your automation needs are - whether you have a swing or sliding gate, whether you need automation for your home or business - there is bound to be a gate motor and/or access control system out there for you.
So don't put it off any longer: automate!