Understanding How Gate Security Systems Function

Understanding How Gate Security Systems Function

Each gate security system operates differently, but the critical function they all share requires anybody seeking entry to confirm their identity. After the system verifies the identity and entry permissions of the individual requesting admission, it signals the gate to unlock.

Our experts on gatehouse solutions offer these four basic stages of how a gate entry system functions:

  • Access control panel confirms credentials
  • The control panel tells the gate to unlock
  • The gate opener mechanism triggers
  • The gate shuts and latches

1. Access control panel confirms credentials

The access control panel is the heart of a gate security design. It's linked to the electric gate opener and confirms the credentials of the individual seeking gate access.

The most familiar kinds of gate access control panels are:

  • Video intercoms that use PIN codes or virtual keys (QR codes) to confirm entry permissions. Many gate security cameras inspect vehicle license plates or conduct facial recognition checks on individuals.
  • Keypads that need either PIN codes or mobile certifications. Keypads are perfect for auxiliary or service gate entries.
  • Key card or key fob scanners with RFID tag readers that communicate through chips implanted in cards or fobs.
  • Security guards that sit in guard booths close to gates to check residents' and guests' ID cards before pushing a button to unlock the gate.

2. Control panel alerts the gate to unlock

When the right access credentials are entered or submitted, the entry control panel transmits an electronic alert to the gate opener, allowing authorized automobiles and individuals to enter.

3. Gate opener mechanism triggers

There are different kinds of gate openers. The primary differentiator among them is the direction that the gate extends. The three primary gate opener mechanisms:

  • Sliding gate opener: A motorized design with gears that push the gate to glide along a track on the ground.
  • Swinging arm gate opener: A mechanical design that swings the gate closed or open.
  • Vertical gate opener: A motorized design with tracks along the gate frame slides, raising the gate open in an upward movement.

4. Gate shuts after a precise amount of time

The gate only remains open long enough for one automobile or pedestrian to penetrate. This is to stop unauthorized individuals from "piggybacking" on somebody authorized, circumventing the gate security system, and unlawfully penetrating the property. In addition, some gate designs will discharge alarms to signal property attendants if the gate is kept open for too long.

Can you unlock a gate with a phone?

Yes, if the gate security method is mobile-based, you can unlock the gate with your cellphone. Many modern systems come with mobile apps for residents to download. Once the app is established, residents can enjoy numerous ways to unlock the gate with their smartphones. The most familiar ways to unlock the gate on a mobile phone:

  • Swiping to unlock
  • Scanning a QR code
  • 3D or haptic contact
  • Inputting a PIN code

We hope this information helps you understand how gate security systems operate. Contact us today for gatehouse solutions to keep your community safer.

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