Access control Products:
ur hardware can be deployed using traditional proprietary security networking techniques, or standard TCP/IP networking utilizing your existing network or one dedicated to the security system.
Keypads are an easy and affordable method of controlling access to your property. There are 2 types of Digital Keypads, Wireless and Hard Wired. The most common type are Hard Wired Keypads which, as the name implies, require a physical, wired connection to the control mechanism. Wireless Keypads operate using a receiver’s RF signal. Features to look for when selecting a Keypad include the code capacity, which ranges from one to thousands, the number of relays for controlling multiple gates and RF frequency, if using a Wireless Keypad. Digital Keypads control Magnetic Locks and Electric Strikes on Electric Gates and Garage Doors for Apartment and Commercial Buildings.
Commercial Telephone Entry Systems always use a dedicated phone line. These systems are meant for gated communities, apartment building, and other multi-user situations. They can keep records of individual users and can incorporate card readers and transponders.
Stand alone card readers, Long Range Vehicle Access Control and Credentials
Proximity card readers allow greater security than keypads and transmitters to open driveway gates. Typically a proximity card is assigned to an individual. Cards can be added or removed from the system. If a card is lost it can easily be deleted thus maintaining security. Card readers can be stand alone, or connected to a larger system. The stand alone card readers contain the user data contained internally. The larger systems send the card information to a telephone entry system, door controller, and or a computer. At the central point the data for the card holder is kept along with usage and privilege instructions and record of usage.
Long range card reader systems are referred to as transponder systems. They operator much like “Fast Track” systems at toll booths. In these system the transponder is attached to the vehicle, and the receiver is near the driveway gate or garage door. This type of system is generally attached to a telephone entry system or centralized control system
Push Buttons and Key Switches
Electric gate push buttons are used for manual control of gates, overhead roll-up doors, and barrier arms. They can be located in a guard kiosk or inside the premises. Push button stations are available with 1 -3 buttons and are available as weatherproof for outdoor use. Single pushbuttons can be used to release magnetic locks or activate electric strikes.
Wireless radio control systems consist of an RF Radio Transmitter & Receiver. These type of radio remotes are primarily used on driveway gates and garage doors. Range for most of these are limited to about 100’. You can typically double the range to 200’ by use of an optional external antenna kit. Special long range units are available.
It is often possible to to use one multi channel transmitter to open a gate as well as a garage door. You can accomplish this by first obtaining the model and frequency of your garage door receiver and purchase a matching receiver for your gate installation. It is also possible to add a receiver to your garage door that matches the gate’s.
Knox key switches
Knox Key Switch, Single Access Lock Core
- Two-position electric override key switch. • Includes weather resistant lock cover and ID label
Emergency exit door release switch
EMERGENCY – BREAK GLASS TO UNLOCK DOOR
• 12/24 VDC 10A, 48VDC 3A, 250VAC 10A, N/O and N/C Contacts
• Wire Terminals fit Max 2.0mm Wire
• Dimensions – 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/8
• Includes Hardware
• Provides rapid access to automatic gates and secured areas.
• Opens a motorized gate when activated by an emergency vehicle equipped with a standard Opticom type operational strobe.
• 100% digital and fully compatible with the OPTICOM priority control emitter.
• Responds to both the high and low priority outputs of both the OPTICOM and STROBECOM II emitters and with the unit set in strobewatch mode.
• Made in the USA
Vehicle Loops and Loop Detectors
Vehicle Loops and Loop Detectors are used to detect the presence of a vehicle to open a gate, or as a safety device to prevent the gate from closing on a vehicle in its path.
Vehicle Loop Detectors are available with two types of connectivity; plug-in and wire harness. Direct Plug-In Loop Detectors are designed for specific control boards while the Wire Harness or Mountable Socket is universal fit.
Vehicle Loops are available as Direct Burial or Cut-In. In general, Direct Burial Loops are placed below the surface prior to application of asphalt or concrete while Cut-In Loops are installed within a slot sawed into the existing surface.
Probe Style Vehicle Sensors are self-contained units including a loop detector and sensing probe or wand. This type of vehicle motion detector is easy to install however, it is not recommended as a safety loop.
Photo Eyes and Safety
Automated driveway gates require safety precautions that protect against entrapment and hazardous pinch points. Photo Eyes, Safety Edges and other Sensing Mechanisms are designed to detect a potentially dangerous situation, such as a vehicle blocking the gate travel path and either stop or reverse the cycle.
Photo Eyes or Beams are “non-contact” devices that operate by shooting a beam of light across the gate opening. Interrupting the beam will prevent the gate from closing, or will stop the gate and reverse its motion.
Safety Edges are “contact” devices that operate when touched using pressure sensitive sensors. If an obstacle is encountered, the device signals the gate opener to stop and/or reverse operations.
Warning Devices such as Signs, Signals, Lights and Bells are useful accessories to any automated vehicular gate system. They provide visible and / or auditory indicators of potentially hazardous situations.
Magnetic Locks and Strikes
Magnetic locks are used on entry, garden, and driveway gates. The most common is a 1200 Lb. holding force magnetic lock. A 600 Lb. lock can be used on smaller garden gates. Typically magnetic locks are controlled by a keypad, card reader, or telephone entry system. Since a magnetic lock needs to be energized to maintain its holding force, an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) is needed. These locks draw about 240 mA at 12 VDC. The power supplies are in a small metal cabinet with a 12V 7 Amp Hr. gel cell battery and a power supply.
Timers and Relays
Timers are used with electric gates either to hold them open at specific times and dates or to disable entry devices at given times. For example, use a timer to hold open a commercial gate between 7 AM – 5 PM on weekdays. To enhance security, another usage for a timer is to disable keypad or radio remote access during night hours but allow entrance with a proprietary key switch, which is left active.
Timer Relays are typically used in driveway gate installations to activate lighting for specific time periods when the gate is opened. This could be security or landscape lighting. Most timers have smaller relays and will need a larger auxiliary relay or contact to handle larger loads.
Solar panels for driveway gate openers are available in various wattages. The wattage is determined by the gate operator and the location. In general, you will save money if the opener draws less current requiring a smaller solar panel. If the solar gate is in an area that has long overcast periods you should consider adding larger or extra batteries. A charging controller should be used on solar panels larger than 10 watts
Solar Gate Operators
Solar gate Openers are available in a variety of residential and commercial styles. Attention should be paid to the idle current draw of a solar operator which determines the size of the solar panel needed. The more efficient the control board, the smaller the solar panel needed, and the lower the overall cost of the system. Solar gate systems need efficient peripheral components as well such as low power loop detectors, and low power digital keypads. Solar panels and batteries for driveway gates should be sized accordingly to location. Sunny areas will require smaller panels. In areas with prolonged overcast periods, more battery storage capacity will be required.