Firstly, my knee is much, much better thank you for asking.
Secondly, lets quickly demystify GATE AUTOMATION right quick. Gate automation simply explained is the use of technology to make the opening and closing of the gate happen with minimal human assistance. It's safe to say that gate automation has caught on pretty well in South Africa since its invention in 1881 by a Canadian inventor called Fred W. Watson.
Most homeowners around the world find electric gates to be one of the best options to secure the home. A lot of homeowners in major crime cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, and the Freestate rave about the superior convenience of the electric gate especially at night. This is mainly due to the fact News24 reported in 2019 that 85% of residential contact crimes start at the driveway gate. This, therefore, means that the less time you spend at your driveway entrance the better. Imagine suspecting that someone is following you... As you turn into your street you speed up... You have lost them but they are still coming hot behind you, looking for you... Imagine how much it would suck to be found at your gate frantically trying to unlock the padlock on your gate chain.
The thing is you had lost them, if you had an electric gate you would have started opening it while yards away, slipped in and pressed the button on your remote again to close it without ever needing to get out of your car. In major, Most people report that once they have installed automatic gates they feel more secure (especially at nights), that they are delighted with the ease of operation, and also that their property feels more exclusive.
Centurion says whenever we as humans are in danger we either run or stand and fight. Which is an effect psychologists call the Fight or flight response. However, modern technology provides us with a third alternative:PREVENT! What if we didn’t have to stand and fight but didn’t exactly have to turn tail and run, either? We can efficiently protect what is ours by simply making good use of the tools that the Cyber Age has given to us.
The benefits offered by gate motors (electric gates) are so many, and we will now look at some of them. We’ll also discuss a very close relative of gate automation called access control. 1. Safer
Some modern gate motors have adjustable speed settings, meaning that you can have your gate open and close rapidly and thus reduce the time that the gate is open and also the time that you are stationary in your vehicle. There are also some particularly advanced operators with innovative features such as beam automatic closing, whereby the gate closes the moment that the safety beams have been cleared. 2. Convenient
Why go through all the effort of stopping your car, getting out, and then straining your poor, long-suffering back just so that you can get into your own property? It is certainly much more convenient to simply press a button and let your gate motor do the rest. Gate motors also offer you considerable freedom when it comes to the manner in which you will activate it, since you can connect anything from a remote receiver to an intercom and use that as a triggering device. There are even GSM-modules that allows you to trigger your gate using your mobile phone. It doesn’t get more convenient than that, especially in an age where our phones have become extensions of our arms.
Yes, gate motors do open and close gates, but there are several models on the market that do so much more than that. Some models provide onboard timers, allowing you to set automatic activations or to bar certain inputs from working at set times, while others can be interfaced with third party alarm systems and infrared beams so that you’re notified when would-be criminals are loitering in front of your gate. It’s easy to see how a device that once had a singular purpose has now become a compact electronic defence force.
4. Total control
As I mentioned in the introduction to this article, we’ll also take a brief look at access control. Now, access control is rather a broad term and can refer to any number of devices including keypads, proximity card readers, GSM-modules, traffic barriers and of course gate motors. The wonderful thing about access control is that it affords you total control over who enters (or leaves) a property.
Some variants, particularly proximity tag readers, can be interfaced with computers and allow the user to upload transaction logs, edit functionality remotely, selectively add and delete users, etc. This does its bit for convenience as well as security.
Innovation in the field has also ensured that no matter what your automation requirement – whether you have a swing or sliding gate, light or extremely heavy, whether you require automation for your home or business – there is bound to be a gate motor and/or access control system out there for you.