Parking Wedge Barriers Guard Egress from Auto Lot

Parking Wedge Barriers Guard Egress from Auto Lot

ECI had an interesting application recently ideally suited for installation of HySecurity® WedgeSmart™ Wedge Barrier Arm Operators (as shown above) in a unique fashion. Automobiles were being stolen off of a remote storage facility located in Chicagoland. Owners had taken sufficient steps to protect the perimeter by installing fencing and concrete barriers. However control was still needed for access and egress lanes.

This application called for a reversal. The wedge barriers are used to keep the cars inside rather than prevent access in an anti-terrorist application. Cars are allowed to access the facility but are prevented from egress without authorization. Therefore, although the wedge barriers appear to be installed in the wrong direction, they are not.

Wedge Barrier Fully Extended

Wedge Barrier Fully Extended

There are two means of egress. If present, a guard in the guard booth activates a push button control. Or, an authorized agent can use an intercom to signal a remote location for activation.

The image to the left shows a wedge barrier in it’s fully extended position. It looks reversed put is actually preventing egress. The traffic light here will change to green to signal access is allowed.

The image below shows a wedge barrier lowered and the barrier arm raised to allow access or egress. The green light on top of the white housing gives a visual indication to proceed.

Wedge Barrier Closed to Allow Access

Wedge Barrier Closed to Allow Access

These barriers are surface mounted for quick installation. They can withstand small cars (2,430 lb.) traveling at 40 mph or full size sedans (4,630 lb.) moving at 30 mph. With its integrated lighted barrier arm and wedge they are highly visible. They are equipped for a second light for bi-directional traffic as indicated above. They thus present the final obstacle in preventing autos from being stolen off this facility.

This was a turnkey installation for ECI. We provided the wedge barrier equipment, traffic light, concrete work, piping, electrical work from the guard shelter as well as interfacing with existing devices. We also provided the vehicle detector loops as well as the concrete cutting for same.

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