Commercial barriers provide suitable access control solutions for many environments from entry control into a small office car park to barrier protection at a train crossing, right up to counter terrorism PAS 68 barriers at a secure government facility. While visually the barriers are not dissimilar, the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of the different types of commercial barriers varies greatly.
Portcullis Gate Automation in Kent supply, install and maintain a wide range of commercial barriers across London and the South of England. Portcullis Gate Automation supply and install all barrier types from standard car park barriers and access control systems right up to PAS 68 counter terrorism barriers, all in compliance with the Machinery Directive and health and safety recommendations as set out by the Health and Safety Executive.
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Introduction to Commercial Barriers ↓ show more detail ↓
Commercial barriers serve much the same functional vehicular access control purpose as commercial bollards and commercial road blockers but are best suited to certain environments.
Barriers are used where speed of entry and exit is a vital operational requirement, in areas such as car parks, toll booths or train crossings. The speed at which the barrier opens and closes via the access control system determines how much traffic can pass through in a given time frame. Basically a barrier will allow a far greater volume of traffic to pass through than any other commercial access control device which is why it is used in high density traffic control environments.
Another area where barriers come into their own is in a high water table environment. The barrier controls are all above ground hidden inside the control box therefore continuous water presence and water damage is likely to be avoided, unlike road blocker or bollard controls which are set below ground.
A typical car park entry barrier will be surface mounted using a standard aluminium arm which if rammed will tend to snap causing some car damage. A PAS 68 counter terrorism barrier with underground foundations and a barrier arm made of heavy steel could be guaranteed to stop a fully loaded 7500kg lorry travelling at a speed of 50mph depending on the barrier rating.