Gate motors / operators have been around for the last two decades or so and, much like us; they have also evolved to be robust quick-thinking machines that are able to relentlessly guard our offices and homes like unflinching sentinels. They also act as faithful servants, opening and closing our entrance gates without so much as a word of objection - it's what they were built to do.
The advantages offered by gate motors are manifold, and we will now look at some of those offered by LiftMaster SL595103U sliding gate openers. We'll also discuss a very close relative of gate automation, namely access control:
The obvious detriment to one's lumbar region aside, getting out of your car to open a gate can be extremely hazardous from a personal safety perspective. We've all heard of people getting attacked or hijacked while opening their gates. Having a gate motor installed may not eliminate this possibility entirely, but it will certainly reduce the chances. Certain 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 car. There are also some particularly advanced operators with features such as beam automatic closing, wherein the gate closes the moment that the safety beams have been cleared.
Why go through all the effort of stopping your vehicle, 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 operator do the rest. Gate motors/operators 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. 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 various 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 3rd party alarm systems and infrared beams so that you're informed when would-be criminals are loitering in front of your gate. It's easier to see how a device that once had a singular purpose has now become a compact electronic defense force.
- Total Control
Now, access control is rather a broad term and can refer to any number of devices including keypads, proximity card readers, traffic barriers, GSM-modules 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 edit functionality remotely, upload transaction logs, 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 sliding or swing gate openers, 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.