Residential Gate Access Control Systems - Ideal for Gated Communities | All Security Equipment

One of the main reasons so many people choose to live in a gated community is the security and peace of mind that this high level of security provides. Gated communities with robust residential gate access control systems are not only secure but also peaceful. Anything that would disturb that peace or cause insecurity has to go through the central gate access control systems first, which isn't always easy.

These residential gate access control systems are designed to only allow access to those who have permission or authority to be on the property. This means that you can control who comes and goes, both in person and in vehicles.

With that in mind, here are some of the best access control system options that might be right for your gated residential community.

Intercom Systems

This is probably the most common type of sophisticated gate access control system. It has been used in residential buildings for generations now. Intercom systems, or intercommunication systems, act as door or gate phones through which the resident and their visitor can communicate upon the visitor’s arrival at the gate or door.

Some intercom systems can only provide audio, while others provide both audio and video. The biggest advantage with intercom systems that provide both audio and video is that you can put a face to who you are talking to at the gate.

As ideal as these systems are, they tend to be a little disadvantageous when dealing with large gated communities with a lot of visitor traffic. Each visitor would have to call their respective hosts to gain access. Not every host responds right away, which might cause delays and queues at the gate.

These systems are also susceptible to vandalism and breakage and fixing them isn't cheap. Another issue is prank calls from kids who find it funny to dial numbers randomly as they run past the gate.

Driveway Gate Access Control

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Driveway gate access control systems are a step higher than intercom systems. This is mostly because they incorporate an intercom system and a license plate reader (LPR). Depending on what kind of driveway gate access control system this is, it could either have audio only or have both audio and video.

This kind of gate access control system reads every license plate that drives through the gate. The resident can either whitelist certain licenses of trusted friends and family, which means that these vehicles can go through automatically at any given time, or make it so that they have to grant access every time.

This type of gate access control is ideal for large, gated communities that get a lot of vehicle traffic instead of foot traffic.

Telephone Entry Systems

These systems are a lot like intercom access systems in that visitors can request access to the premises by dialing a specific number, and the resident can either choose to grant or deny access.

With a telephone entry system, each resident is given a PIN code that they can use to grant themselves access. The problem with this kind of system is that it isn't as sophisticated as intercom systems.

For one thing, they don't offer the video option. Another issue is that not all of them work well with cell phones. You have to pay for the hardline, and you can't have them updated remotely; you have to be on site. Other than that, they are pretty convenient.

RFID Gate Access Control Systems

RFID (radio-frequency identification) systems use radio waves to scan and read data stored within RFID tags. This kind of technology is reliable enough to be used in gate access control systems across the globe.

Many RFID systems use keycards to grant access. Every resident has their own keycard registered in the system's database. Whenever they scan that card at the access point, the system checks to see if it's actually in the system and grants or denies access.

While these systems are ideal for restricting access to only those who have keycards, they have one major shortfall: keeping track of the actual keycards. The residents must have the keycard with them, or they risk being locked out.

Another issue is the running cost and manpower needed to operate this system. The property managers have to manufacture, assign, and give residents their keycards. They also have to keep track of all of them and replace and deactivate any lost keycards.

There's also one real security threat if the keycard gets stolen and the resident in question takes a while before reporting the theft to have it deactivated.

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Cellular Gate Access Systems

Because there are billions of cellphones in use today, it's only logical that there would be a cell phone gate access system. This kind of system relies on Bluetooth technology and a smartphone app. The resident needs to download the app and connect it to the Bluetooth device at the gate. To gain access, they only need to press a button on the app.

The biggest issue with this kind of system is that the Bluetooth range is limited, which means that the resident has to be pretty close to the gate (30 feet) to operate it, which kind of negates the whole remote access advantage.

There are many other different types of residential gate access control systems. The one you choose comes down to your budget, the kind of perks you want, and how easy it is to use.

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