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For many homeowners, security is a number one priority. Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home, which is why more clients are looking towards additional security features for the exterior of their property, such as their gates, which can provide that added peace of mind.
There are countless ways in which a home can be made more secure, but one of the most popular options in the modern age are access control systems. These modern alternatives or compliments to the traditional lock-and-key can add that extra assurance people are looking for, making them a good option for installers to provide. However, there is a range of different access control systems available, each with their advantages and disadvantages. To make sure you have the right system for every gate and property, check out our simple guide to the types of access control equipment available.
One of the most common iterations of this kind of security, voice intercom systems are commonplace for many property types. Traditionally suitable to flats and offices, these systems come in a range of different styles. However, this will generally involve a visitor pressing a button, at which point someone in the property will be able to speak with (or see, if video is included) the person looking for entry before deciding whether to unlock the gate or door.
This system can prove hugely beneficial for homes that need a high level of security, as the added human element gives extra protection. A wireless intercom system is also useful for gates on large properties, as entry can be allowed without having to reach the specific point. A downside of this system, particularly for individual home use, is that it often has to be accompanied by another automatic method, as if there is nobody to answer the intercom inside the property, no access can be given. This issue can sometimes lead to the intercom being an unnecessary addition to a more straightforward access method.
Another traditional access method, the simple keypad remains a popular option on our gates. A reliable additional security measure, this method works by inputting a code onto a type pad for access. As opposed to the intercom system above, this is a quick, easy and largely reliable method of access, making it one of the most popular methods of access control.
However, there are some disadvantages to keypad access that can affect specific properties. The first thing is the passcode, which must be unique enough to keep out passers-by but must also be remembered by the members of the home. Additionally, keypads can be susceptible to wear over time, as well as external weather conditions and potential vandalism.
A more modern version of the keypad that has been widely used by businesses is proximity cards and tokens. Something of a mid-point between lock-and-key and keypad entry, proximity access systems involve pressing a card, token or other devices against a sensor, at which point the gate is unlocked. What is used as the unlocking 'token' is widely adaptable depending on the system, meaning options such as mobile-phone entry can also be considered.
One of the significant advantages of this access control system is its simplicity, as this is one of the most straightforward access systems available. The need for specific tokens also creates added security when compared to the keypad. However, this system can sometimes be more expensive than many others on this list and is susceptible to many of the issues faced with keypads, such as reliability in extreme weather and vandalism.
When deciding on extra security measures for the home, you should not only consider the property but its exterior. Many people look to have access control systems such as those mentioned above work with their gates, which has made gate automation systems a hugely popular addition to a home’s security.
Automated gates have a range of advantages, the primary one being the ease with which the gate can be closed, drastically reducing the likelihood of it being left open and the property exposed. There are many ways in which a gate can be automated with security at the forefront, and here at LinkCare, we offer a range of solutions for both home and business. Explore our remote control gate options today or read our other blog which asks the question, how secure are electric gates?