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Automatic Gate Openers & Access: 4 Options For Opening The Gate

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Installing an electric gate on your home is a great way to add security and privacy to your driveway. Along with choosing the design of the gate, you also have the option of selecting the type of opener you want to access the gate. Choosing a specific opener is important for selecting the way the gate is accessed and used on a daily basis. Understanding four different opener options can help you make the best decision for your gate and the way it is used on your home. In some cases, you may even install more than one of these options to give you versatility with your gate security.

Underground Vehicle Sensors

When an electric gate is installed on your home, you have the option of adding a vehicle sensor to the gate. This sensor is installed in the ground underneath the front and back of the gate entry. This type of sensor is ideal for new construction projects or gravel driveway areas. If the driveway is already is paved, the asphalt would have to be torn up to properly install the vehicle sensor. These sensors work a lot similar to traffic light in-pavement detectors. They use metal detectors to determine if a vehicle has pulled up. Once the vehicle is detected, the sensor will activate and the gate will automatically open. This type of sensor can prevent people from just walking up and gaining access to the gate. It is only made for vehicle entry and exits. If you often have guests or delivery service coming to your home, then these sensors are ideal so each person doesn't need a personal opening remote.

Pin-pad Access Control

Another way to allow access from multiple vehicles and still have the security of a gate is with a pin-pad access control panel. This panel would be wired to the gate motor and positioned just outside the gate opening. When a person pulls up to the gate, they would type in a pin code to open the gate. You can assign a main access code for your personal use along with temporary guest codes. For example, if a relative is coming to visit, you can grant them a code that only works for a few days. These temporary codes can help prevent security breaches. When exiting the gate from your home, automatic sensors can be installed so you do not need a pin each time you want to pull out of the driveway.

Gate Opening Remotes

Much like a garage door opener, you can have a wireless gate opening remote available for any vehicle that you are driving. One of the main advantages of these remotes is the ability to start the opening process when the gate is within sight. This can help reduce the amount of time you have to wait until the gate fully opens. Instead, the gate will open and be available for you to easily pull into the home. Once the gate is installed, you can order multiple remotes for each vehicle that you own. This will ensure that you have gate access with each vehicle.

Smart Gate Technology

Instead of carrying separate remotes or having extra features installed, a lot of modern gates use updated smart technology features to access gate operations. With an app installed on your phone, you can quickly tap to open the gate as you near your home. You may also have the option of setting up automatic Bluetooth sensors. These sensors can detect when your phone is near and automatically open the gate for you. The custom settings allows you to secure the gate as needed and add extra protection. You can also use the app to open the gate when you're not home. For example, if a plumber is scheduled to come to the home, you can open the gate upon their arrival from anywhere you are located.

Along with convenience, it's important to consider your budget when choosing your gate opening mechanism. Consult with gate professionals to get price estimates for each of these options.


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