Electric Gate Operators – Built-in Power Failure Features
Electrically operated gate opening and closing equipment is used in both residential and commercial settings for security and access control for vehicles. Any location, however, can experience occasional power outages. When they occur, provisions for controlling gates manually are necessary to allow access and prevent occupants from being trapped inside the gates. Whether you have swinging gates, sliding gates, or barrier gates installed, dealing with power outages is always an important consideration. Linear gate operators incorporate power failure features in every model. Here’s a rundown on how these features work:
- Standard Manual Release Features – Every Linear gate operator has easy-to-operate manual disconnect or manual operation features built-in. By activating this feature, the gate may be manually opened and closed as needed. In addition, every model also includes an electrical power disconnect option, to prevent unexpected gate movements when electrical power is restored. In any emergency where power fails, access and exit from the facility can be re-established quickly and safely. In most cases, gates should remain open during power failures, with security staff providing access control until power is restored. Training in the use of these manual features should be provided to a range of people, to ensure that qualified personnel are available in the case of a power failure.
- Battery Back-up and Solar Power Options – Several Linear gate operators include battery backup, and 24v low-voltage operation. Other models have optional battery backup units available as optional equipment. In some jurisdictions, battery backup systems are required for power-operated vehicle gates in some installations. Consult your local authorities to determine whether this feature is required. For battery backup systems, the opening and closing may be programmed to “fail open” or “fail secure” when there is a power outage. In the “fail open” mode, the gate or barrier arm will open and remain open until power is restored. In the “fail secure” mode, the gate will operate normally until battery power is low. Battery power is monitored continuously. Once the batteries are low, the gate will cycle open until AC power is restored. If your gate operator includes the solar power charging option, normal operations will resume once the batteries are fully charged.
Pedestrian Gates Are Required for All Installations
Electrically operated gates are not safe for pedestrian use. All installations require a separate pedestrian gate, at least 7′ from the drive gate for safety reasons. In case of power outages, these pedestrian gates allow safe access to and exit from the site. Power operated gates are designed for vehicular traffic only. They are powerful and heavy, and their control and safety features are designed for vehicles, not foot traffic. Pedestrian traffic should always be directed to pedestrian gates, regardless of whether power is on or when there has been a power failure.
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