The above image shows two new boom barrier gates we recently installed on what might appear to be a residential gated community in Orland Park. The gates were, in fact, guarding a main thoroughfare for residents of a condominium association. The goal was to allow access and egress for the residents as well as emergency services, such as police and fire, vehicles while prohibiting use as a cut through by other vehicles.
A prior application of single barrier gates proved ineffective since they were routinely lifted out of the way or broken. Several other vendors proposed various solutions including extremely expensive wedge barriers. Our solution was simple, effective, cost-efficient and compliant.
We suggested and installed these two barrier gates supplied by Magnetic Automation. At the end opposite of the gate operator is a post (with a ‘Y’ at the end) where the boom’s end is secured via an electro-mechanical lock.
This lock securely holds the barrier gate in place so it cannot be manually lifted and opened. The lock releases and the barrier bar rises to allow access or egress upon presentation of valid access control credentials. Free egress is not allowed in this case.
You can see the card reader on a black gooseneck pedestal in the left foreground whick operates the barrier gate to the right. There is another to the left of the tree in the middle of the picture which controls the other gate. You can make out the black pole and that reader shows against the white truck’s rear panel.
Upon passing through, vehicle detector loops relay the gate operator to close the gate. The electro-mechanical lock is then activated.
In addition to the installation, ECI assisted in purging the years-old database and reloading current and valid authorized user information, including public officials.
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