ECI was recently called upon to add barrier gates at Triton College in River Grove, IL. The barrier gates were needed to control unauthorized access and egress along a horseshoe road traversing around the college’s multi-purpose and football field. The challenge was the lack of electricity and the cost associated with bringing power to the locations for the gates.
Our solution was to install two ELKA Solar Powered Vehicle Barrier Gates by Q-Saq, Inc. Pictured above is the completed installation on the south side of the field. The black and gray solar power unit is clearly visible in the upper left quadrant of the picture.
The vehicle barrier gate is fully powered by batteries that are re-charged by the solar panel. On average the barrier gates can run over a 12 hour period without battery recharge while performing 300 cycles per hour.
The barrier gate arm is shown in the down, or closed position in the picture. As a vehicle approaches and stops, a vehicle detector loop senses its presence and turns on the access reader provided by Door King. The reader is shown in the foreground to the left and is protected by bollards installed to safeguard the pedestal and reader from accidental damage. If authorized credentials are presented the barrier gate is opened via a relay from the access control reader.
A similar installation setup on the north side of the field is pictured above. Here the barrier gate arm is pointed towards the field and the solar panel is arrayed in a different direction in relation to the gate.
For free (no credentials required) egress, a vehicle entering on the north traverses the horseshoe. Upon reaching the south barrier an exit vehicle detector loop senses its presence and relays to the gate operator to open and allow the vehicle to exit. Upon clearing the next vehicle detector loop the barrier gate is signaled to close. This sequence is reversed for vehicles entering from the south.
ECI also supplied and installed the concrete work, vehicle detector loops, safety bollards, pedestals and poles.
According to its Website, Triton College was founded in 1964. It is located in western Cook County and is one of more than 48 public community colleges in Illinois. Initially it served three townships, Proviso, Leyden and Elmwood Park. Oak Park-River Forest, Riverside-Brookfield and Ridgewood school districts joined in 1972, creating the Illinois Community College District 504.
Learn more about barrier gates and other gate systems at https://eci-illinois.com/automatic-vehicle-gate-systems/. Contact ECI at 847.949.0134 for more information about gate systems and turnkey installations to solve your vehicle access control needs.