The Importance of lighting when securing your business

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It’s an undeniable fact that the majority of crimes against businesses take place in the dark hours of the night. When the sun goes down, the likelihood of a perpetrator infiltrating your facility and getting away without being caught vastly increase. However, there are steps that business owners can take to reduce those chances and make their sites a less appealing target for the criminal underbelly.

Making The Most of Security Lighting

Criminals will seek to take advantage of the cover of darkness. This is why it’s essential to make the most of security lighting and use it in a way that benefits any existing measures you may already have in place.

Visual Deterrent

Lighting can help in some significant ways. First of all, it sends a visual deterrent to criminals who may be approaching. A constant presence of lighting shows criminals that you are active and security-minded, while motion-triggered lighting may hamper them in their tracks, should they decide to test their luck and approach.

Enhance existing security

But to really make the most of security lighting, you should use it as an enhancement of your existing security features. In practice, this should mean installing lighting to showcase your arsenal of perimeter security tools. For instance by positioning your lighting to show a highly-secure gate, barrier, or road blocker.

When criminals weigh up whether to try their luck at a property, one of the biggest factors in their decision will be their perceived chances of a getaway. If you can effectively show them that their entry and escape will be difficult then you will likely balance the scales of justice back in your favour.

Should a criminal decide the attempt is still worth the risk, you can make their life more difficult by employing sophisticated internal security measures. This can be traffic restricting measures such as speed ramps, barriers, and bollards, or internal access control systems that prevent them from accessing specific areas easily.

Maintain security lighting

Like any security measure, lighting is only effective if it is properly maintained. You should have a regular programme of maintenance and a designated member of staff charged with overseeing duties like cleaning lighting, replacing bulbs, and calling in repairs when needed.

Here at Gateway Automation, we believe in a holistic approach to perimeter security. This is why it is important to conduct a risk assessment that takes into account the nature of your business, the challenges you face, and potential solutions that can protect you from criminal activities.

Gateway Automation provides a range of products to help businesses and individuals secure their sites. We also provide nationwide servicing and repairs to gates, barriers, and other perimeter security equipment. To find out more, please call us on 01522 682255.

Top Perimeter Security considerations for the construction industry

Construction perimeter security

Crime is rife among construction sites. It might shock you to know that hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of equipment is being stolen from building sites in the UK every single week. While some of that equipment may eventually be recovered, it can represent huge delays in projects, missed deadlines, increased overheads, and bad press.

To avoid these problems, site operators must integrate tough perimeter security solutions into their plans from the get-go. Here we will look at some tips on how to protect a construction site.

1 – Risk assessments

The first step in creating a comprehensive plan for battling construction theft is a thorough plan, and this should come from a professional risk assessment. Your provider should take into account the nature of the site, establish threats, and come up with concrete solutions to address them. No site is the same, and your measures need to be bespoke and robust.

2 – Create a tough exterior

Criminals will always look for soft targets. You can deter opportunistic crime by creating an exterior that signals to intruders that you take things seriously. A site that is protected with security gates and fencing is far less likely to fall, victim, as criminals will rightly estimate that their chances of a successful venture are slim.

3 – Operate with entry controls

Security should extend to all areas of your operations. In a busy site, it can be easy for intruders to go unnoticed. A simple high-vis jacket and a hard hat may be enough to blend in. This is why it is important that you operate with a booking-in system that keeps a track of who is coming and going on your site. Equally, keys or other forms of access should be restricted and only trusted to veteran members of staff.

4 – Control entry automatically

It might not be practical for you to have dedicated security personnel at your site to monitor who is coming and going and to patrol your site. In these instances, you may choose to opt for physical equipment that can do the job for you in the form of barriers and turnstiles.

5 – Consider access control equipment

Another way to establish your security levels is to take advantage of new technologies and advanced equipment. For instance, you could integrate biometric controls such as fingerprint readers, or pin/fob controls to grant access. You might also install an intercom to both manage access via a mobile device. Learn more about access equipment here.

6 – Use lighting to your advantage

A large percentage of crime will take place in the evening or the early hours of the morning when visibility is low and passers-by are rare. As we mentioned previously, criminals will strike at sites where they feel they are most likely to get away with their crimes, so by installing adequate movement-triggered lighting you can effectively scare them away.

Gateway Automation provides a range of perimeter security systems to help businesses and individuals to secure their sites and also provides nationwide servicing and repairs to gates, barriers, and other perimeter security equipment. To find out more, please contact us on 01522 68255 or take a look at our brochure which can be viewed here.

School Security

4 Ways To Increase Your School Security

With the school holidays fast creeping up, it’s that time of year again where schools around the UK begin to consider their upgrades and renovations. With children out of the classrooms, this is the perfect time to take a handle on any repairs that might need to be taken care of. However, this is also a great opportunity for schools to review their security protocol and identify weak points in their strategy, creating an award-winning atmosphere that provides peace of mind to both staff and students. Let’s take a look at four concrete ways to improve school security this year.

Undertake a risk assessment

The first step for any organisation in developing a more secure environment is to figure out exactly where they are vulnerable and where they might be exposed. For instance, many businesses, and indeed schools, rely too heavily on CCTV cameras which can be easy to disable or avoid. They can identify a vehicle or a trespasser, but they do not prevent their entry, simply they monitor it.

A risk assessment will take a deep-dive analysis into the potential threats and then look at ways to mitigate that risk comprehensively. Rather than relying on a one-size-fits-all approach that often doesn’t quite cut it.

A risk assessment should be carried out by an experienced and qualified perimeter security company that understands the constraints, considerations, and overall nature of your business. The final result should be a set of suggestions that will protect your school from criminal activity and create a safe learning environment.

Guard against truancy with access control equipment

A common headache for schools lies with their safeguarding responsibilities, and how this can play into truancy. Ensuring students are safe within the walls of their school is pivotal, not only for the well-being of their students but also for the reputation of the establishment. One way that schools can guard against truancy and manage student traffic is through the use of access control equipment. Entry and exit points can be upgraded with tools like intercoms and readers to limit flow during school hours.

Manage parking problems with bollards

Schools up and down the country share a common problem when it comes to parking. Some parents ignore parking-free zones established by schools and pose a hazard to pedestrians. Bollards provide an effective solution in this scenario. Electric bollards can be raised when needed to limit access and lowered when
access is required for staff or contractors. Static bollards can be introduced in areas that require no vehicle access.

Use gates for 24hr safety

A strong security gate is one of the most formidable ways to deter crime. Gates have an important role to play during school hours, preventing both unwanted pedestrian and vehicular traffic. However, they are just as important in the evenings, and out of term time. Schools house expensive equipment and technology and are often not given the same level of security consideration as that of organisations in the private sector. Gates of proper build quality that are robust and maintained well will send out a message to opportunistic criminals that your school takes their security needs seriously.

With school budgets stretched, your school must get the best attention to detail. Here at Gateway Automation, we provide you with a free, no-obligation risk assessment, feasibility survey, and quotation process free of charge. This means you can be sure that you are spending your money only on areas where it can make the biggest impact.

For more information on any of the security options above, or for further advice on how to protect your business premises from criminals, please call us on 01522 682 255.

 

Reasons your business needs gates and barriers

7 Reasons your business needs gates and barriers

Although the onset of the coronavirus saw a significant decrease in crime rates across the UK due to enforced lockdown, there are very few reasons for businesses to take this as a sign of things to come. Indeed businesses should take this time to consider their security protocols and begin to address any shortcomings in good time as restrictions lift and we move closer to the ‘new normal’. Here we will look at some of the benefits of two of our most popular forms of perimeter security: gates and barriers.

1 – Barriers and gates are strong deterrents against crime

Time and time again we hear stories of criminals that have acted on opportunity when committing a crime. A broken fence, unlocked door, insufficient lighting, the list goes on. Having outdated, broken or a complete lack of perimeter security almost guarantees you to be viewed as an easy target by criminal gangs. Barriers and gates are the first port of call for many perimeter security overhauls because they actively send out a message that your business is not going to be easy pickings.

2 – Barriers and gates allow you to control movement

While tools like CCTV are a great way to monitor the flow of traffic and pedestrians throughout your site, they do nothing to act on it. One of the main shortfalls of CCTV is that it simply takes a record of actions. The job of dealing with any issues is left to others. With barriers and gates, you can proactively limit entry to your site. With the use of pin pads, tokens, and fingerprint recognition you can reduce the need for manpower to administer front-of-house duties.

3 – Real-time savings

This brings us to our next reason to invest in gates and barriers. Perimeter security is essentially an investment in your future. These enhancements protect you from the disasters that follow on from a serious crime. Businesses that are victims of serious crimes like theft, burglary, vandalism, and arson can face significant losses in several different ways. The initial impact of stock loss or damage, losses from downtime for your business, and an impact on your customer relationships or reputation are all very real consequences. They can be successfully averted by investing in your security needs before the worst happens.

4 – Curb appeal

Gates and barriers are often the first thing that visitors to your site or passers-by will see. A high-quality installation will provide a level of professionalism to your company brand and reputation and show that you care about the safety of your employees, assets, and visitors.

5 – Privacy

For businesses that operate in sensitive areas or highly competitive fields, privacy is often high on their agendas. Gates and barriers extend your footprint to the far exterior of your property and mean that the only people who can approach your site are those who you have given explicit authorisation to do so.

6 – Restrict vehicular access

Smash and grab type crimes are on the rise. This is when a perpetrator uses a vehicle to approach their target quickly, commits their crime, and then escapes again before the police arrive. By utilising gates and barriers you can effectively shut down the chances of a speedy approach or escape and thwart their plans.

7 – Easy use

Tried and tested by a variety of different companies across industries, barriers and gates are a simple and easy-to-use method of increasing your security levels. Depending on the model you select barriers and gates often require no manpower. Access can be controlled via a variety of different methods including tokens, cards, and pin pads and manual barriers can be left open at the start of the day before being closed at the end of the day.

No matter the size or nature of your businesses, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess the security requirements of your organization. For more information on any of the security options above, or for further advice on how to protect your business premises from criminals, please contact us here or call us on 01522 682 255

How to use physical security for crowd management

How to use physical security for crowd management

Public events and large gatherings of people require a great deal of planning and forethought in order to be successful. Whether managing a music festival, a sporting event, or something entirely different, it is critical that organisers are able to account for the welfare of their guests while taking reasonable security precautions. Not just to ensure a successful event, but also to balance risks and liabilities. Here we will look at how physical security can be used for this purpose.

Creating a crowd management plan

The first port of call in managing crowds and queues is to create a detailed analysis of the risks at your venue or event. This comes from breaking down factors like the type of event, the type of venue, available entry and exit points, traffic management, communications, staffing abilities, and the overall makeup and demographics of the crowd attending or visiting the premises. This will help provide you with an overview of your needs when it comes to perimeter security and what help is needed. The next step is to discuss with an experienced provider some of the options available to you. Let’s take a look at some of the popular choices for crowd control and queue management that might be recommended.

Choosing physical security tools

While manned personnel can play an important role in the management of large groups of people, offering them instruction, monitoring threats, and dealing with any issues, there are physical tools that should always be considered.

Turnstiles

Turnstiles offer a robust and effective solution to managing the entry and exit of large numbers of pedestrians and can slow down traffic to a manageable level. Turnstiles effectively limit the number of people who can enter at any one time, avoiding a dangerous build-up or rush of people through entry or exit points.
Turnstiles are designed to only let one or two persons enter at any one time and depending on the type of business or event can be enhanced with a range of different access control methods such as manual entry, token or ticket entry, pin pads, and more. Another key benefit of turnstiles is the ability to prevent tailgating where one person quickly enters behind another.

In terms of aesthetics, waist-height variations of turnstiles have a sleeker, more corporate look, while full-height, 3 / 4 height, and full height combi turnstiles are more suited to sporting or arena-based events.

Gates, bollards, and blockers

Another important tool can come in the form of pedestrian gates. They serve a dual purpose in that they can be used to manage pedestrian traffic, but also used alongside turnstiles as a separate means of access for crew and staff during an event.

Pedestrian traffic should not be the only concern with crowd management. For specific venues and events, there are times when vehicular access also needs to be carefully managed. This might be to ensure that only staff and contractors are allowed entry to an area such as a car park, or it may be that members of the public or customers are required to have their credentials or passes checked prior to entry. There are several tools that can be used in these scenarios such as automatic barriers, road blockers, and bollards.

Gateway Automation is a nationwide manufacturer and installer of perimeter security systems and devices. We undertake civil and electrical site preparation and automate existing perimeter security devices and equipment throughout the UK. For a free, no-obligation quotation please contact us on 01522 682 255 or visit our website for further information: http://www.gatewayautomation.co.uk/.

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The Importance of Safe Gates

One of the most obvious tools in perimeter security is a security gate. Robust, effective, and able to send out a clear message to opportunistic criminals – security gates are often the first port of call for businesses looking to ramp up their security measures. Here, we discuss the importance of safe gates.

An overview of security gates

Security gates can solve many problems for businesses. They help to prevent unwelcome visitors and act as a barrier to unwanted car parking. They can provide you with a way to facilitate and register traffic from visitors to your site.

However, like anything in life, security gates require a little upkeep and maintenance to keep them in prime condition. And a security gate that is outdated or faulty is of no use at all.

Faulty gates present a very real danger to human life and a gate that is not given due care and attention can be very dangerous. Both automatic and manual gates have been the cause of serious accidents, and later legal disputes.

The importance of safe gates

Gateway Automation is proud to be accredited as ‘Gate Safe Aware’ by IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) and Gate Safe.

Gate Safe is a registered charity that started in 2010 following the tragic deaths of two children who lost their lives in tragic events involving automated gates.
Gate Safe calls for stronger industry regulations and work with manufacturers to underline both the importance of safe installation and frequent maintenance. They recommend that safety checks are carried out every 6-12 months and more frequently on sites with heavy traffic.

The accreditation is given only to installers who have undergone specific training demonstrating that they can responsibly install gates.

What businesses should know

The burden of care lies not only with the installer of security gates but also with the businesses themselves. A company that has failed to utilise quality gates and properly maintain them will be looked on poorly by the courts, which is why it is critical to maintaining their safe operation.

Common examples of security gate issues over time include gates coming off their runners and hinges failing due to a buildup of dirt or grime. While you might be able to counter some of the causes of hinge failure through your cleaning maintenance, more technical issues may need to be addressed by an experienced technician.

These issues should not be seen as a reason to avoid security gates. Security gates are a formidable tool in protecting businesses from crime and nuisance in the modern age. However, gates must be installed and maintained in a responsible fashion. This can avoid devastating injuries, fines, and damage to your reputation.

Whether your business runs from small retail premises or a large industrial site, Gateway Automation can help. We provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess your perimeter security equipment. We also offer a nationwide reactive call-out service to deal with any equipment issues and are proud to be Gate Safe accredited. Please contact us on 01522 682255 for more information

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How to decide which barriers are best for your business

When it comes to site security, many business owners think of gates, fences, CCTV, and security personnel. However, one of the less obvious, but nonetheless commonly used forms of perimeter security are barriers.

Easy to understand and incredibly useful, barriers are increasingly utilised by those in the know. As their name suggests they act as a strong defence against unwanted intruders, and ultimately provide you with the keys to the castle. Allowing you to decide who can and cannot get entry to your property. If you are interested in installing barriers at your site though, there are a few things you should know first. There are a variety of different options to choose from which will we run through today.

The benefits of barriers

Regardless of whether your premises is a business or a residential site, barriers are commonplace around the UK. Used properly, and installed with care, they are a perfect solution to managing entry to your site. They can be used as a manual tool operated by security staff, or automatic and controlled with keys, codes, or fobs. But with so much variety on offer – which barrier should you choose for your business?

Manual barriers

Manual barriers are one of the more cost-effective types of barriers available on the market. Typically used in rural or isolated settings, manual barriers are operated by hand. However, they are also a good choice when manned security is preferred for operation. They might be used to stop traffic and check the visitors’ credentials before providing them access. Manual barriers are perfect if your site is located away from the grid and electricity is not available to power an automatic barrier. You can also lock them into position, so if you wanted to leave access shut off during the evenings, or open all day then you could.

Automatic barriers

A sophisticated solution, automatic barriers are used in a variety of settings and require electricity to operate. You might use automatic barriers on staff car parks, or at the entrance to a particular area of a site. With automatic barriers, the options for gaining access are almost endless. Depending on your needs you can provide entry via manned guards, CCTV for visual confirmation, pushbuttons, cards, tokens, or even fingerprint recognition.

Height restrictor barriers

Height restriction barriers can be found in a variety of sites from construction and garages to car parks. Their main goal is to block access for heavy vehicles and are often utilised in public car parks where overstays and unauthorised long-term have become an issue. Similar to manual barriers, they are a cost-effective solution and do not require electricity or manned guarding.

Guide your decision with a professional risk assessment

When it comes to deciding which barrier to choose for your property, it is important to take professional advice. Numerous factors need to be considered including but not limited to: available space, the type of business, cost, level of security threats. Every business is different and all of these factors should be taken into account. With a professional risk assessment, we can take a forensic look at your business needs, and requirements to help you make an informed decision and start you on the path to a more secure future.

Gateway Automation can provide free, no-obligation quotes and feasibility surveys for your premises to assess your security requirements. To find out more, contact us on 01522 68255 or take a look at our brochure here: http://www.gatewayautomation.co.uk/brochure/.

A guide to swing gates

Gates are one of the most traditional and popular forms of perimeter security and remain one of the most effective. Here is a quick guide to choosing the perfect swing gate that will suit your business needs.

Swing gate vs sliding gate
There are many reasons why choosing a swing gate may be the perfect option for you compared to a sliding gate. Swing gates are quieter which makes them perfect for sites that need to open and close the gates at unsociable hours. They also open and close in a very discrete and smooth manner, making them a simple yet effective option. You also can change which direction it needs to open depending on your requirements. As long as you have sufficient space for the gates to fully open and “arc”, swing gates are a great looking option.

Automatic swing gate vs manual swing gate
Once you have decided on a swing gate you need to decide whether you would like it to open automatically or manually. Again, this will depend on both your needs and your budget. Automatic gates can come with sensors and remote controls which provide greater control over your security. They also provide convenience as someone doesn’t have to manually open them each time.  Our GA9600 Automatic Swing Gate is fully assembled and ready to bolt down on site, meaning there is minimum disruption caused for your business whilst they are being installed.

Manual swing gates are the ideal choice for many sites where a fully automated barrier is neither cost effective or necessary. Sometimes you only need a gate to act as a physical barrier and deterrent without the need for it to open itself. Our GA5700 manual gate is robustly made from steel, and great for unmanned areas with low volumes of traffic. It also come with an additional latch post and padlock for additional security. Whilst other security measures such as CCTV are a great way of monitoring activity and spotting anything happening, it is perimeter security which is needed to actively stop people from entering. Although gates should not be your only form of security, they should be one of your first considerations when making your premises secure.

Whichever option you choose will be effective, strong, reliable and long-lasting. When choosing, decide on which type of gate will look the best and is within your budget. If you do ever experience any issues, we are always on hand to help. We offer a nationwide reactive callout service and we have local engineers based across the UK and Ireland.

To find out more about our swing gates, please contact us on 01522 682255 for a free, no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess your perimeter security equipment.

How bollards can improve safety

Bollards can help a wide variety of organisations to improve their safety. Whether its for a shopping centre, hospital, school or stadium, bollards are good additional security. Below are just some of the advantages to having bollards on site.

Calms traffic and aids navigation
Large public areas such as shopping centres, hospitals and stadiums also have large car parks. Having bollards in place here will help reduce the speed of cars whilst driving. This is important as they are many other cars and pedestrians in the area meaning careless driving can result in accidents. Having bollards near pedestrian walkways and entrances, indicate both where the pedestrians need to walk but also ensures cars slow down for them.

Prevents overparking

Having bollards can denote where people should park which will prevent overparking and people parking in restricted areas or anywhere they will block access to others.

Prevents crime and terrorism
Unfortunately, anti-terrorism and crime measures are needed more than ever and there are a range of crash tested, automatic bollards available for this. Crowded areas like stadiums and shopping centres or high-profile buildings can become a target due to the potential damage that can be caused, therefore bollards that can withstand ram raiding attacks are sometimes necessary to provide that extra security for everyone.  Not only do they act as a deterrent, but if something did happen, they make it difficult for criminals to getaway.

Protects large glass doors
Many hospitals, universities and shopping centres feature large glass doors or windows which provide a vulnerable point of access. Bollards placed outside of these areas can stop any vehicles crashing through the glass, whether intentionally or not.

Promotes greater sense of security
Having bollards installed can make people feel more secure. Whether this be customers, patients or employees, it is always good to know that security measures have been considered and they know they are safe within the building.

Automatic bollards
We offer a range of automatic bollards which provide a lot of additional benefits to standard bollards. Being able to have them move up or down with an electrohydraulic mechanism means you can use them to deter unlawful entry and to restrict zones at certain times of the day (for example, in car parks when you do not want any new people entering). Automatic bollards also allow you to have control over who enters. You can lower the bollards to authorised cars only and return the bollard afterwards.

These are just some of the benefits of having bollards installed, however they prove how important and beneficial they can be to many businesses and should be considered when deciding on security messages.

Gateway Automation can help businesses and organisations to protect their assets from serious crime with minimum disruption and while maintaining safe and comfortable working environments for clients, contractors, customers and other highly important individuals. For a free non-obligation and feasibility survey please contact Gateway Automation on 01522 682255. Alternatively, our brochure can be downloaded here: http://www.gatewayautomation.co.uk/brochure/.

How security can improve the hotel experience

People love going to hotels. The sense of getting away from day to day lives and experience a new place without the worry of having cook or clean is an appealing concept. However, it’s vital that guests feel safe in doing so. Having access control and perimeter security measures are amazing ways of doing this and when done correctly will help improve the overall hotel experience. Here are just a few of the ways they do this:

1.    It makes the guests feel safe and secure
If customers know that the hotel has security, they can have peace of mind and feel more comfortable. They need to know that their belongings will be safe (including their car) and that only authorised people will be able to access the building. If this happens successfully, they will be relaxed and enjoy the hotel more.

2.    Will promote return stays
If their first experience of the hotel is good, they are more likely to return if they know when they arrive at the hotel that they don’t have to worry about anything.

3.    Will recommend to family and friends
If someone has a pleasant stay, they will want to recommend to friends and family but also on review websites which are vital for the hotel industry.

4.    Creates exclusivity
Having control access can have a phycological effect on the guests. Being a select few who can enter the building will automatically make them feel that bit more privileged. It creates a sense of privacy as well which some guests crave.

5.    Will improve the hotel’s reputation
Being known as a safe hotel is a reputation that is almost priceless and can only be seen as a good thing to potential guests.

6.    Makes the employees feel safer
It’s not just the guests that benefit from the additional security. The employees themselves will feel safer coming to work knowing that its secure. This, in turn, has been known to improve employee morale and productivity.

How can this be achieved with Gateway Automation?

Gates
–    These are perfect for hotel car parks, which will mean only guests will be able to access it.
–    The gates we provide are among the strongest barriers to unauthorised entry and a strong physical deterrent
–    Automatic barriers can achieve the same effect, however ultimately it depends on which option will work best for your hotel and look the nicest.
–    We provide fully automatic barriers which can be controlled by push buttons, tokens, proximity cards, pins, CCTV or by on-site security guards, so we can tailor it to your needs and requirements.

Speed Ramps
It is important that the car park is a smooth process and not hectic. Speeding and reckless behaviour can be reduced by using speed ramps. When utilised correctly, they act as a deterrent for unwanted vehicle access as well.

Turnstiles
–    Full height turnstiles could be used if there is a pedestrian entrance to the hotel which you need controlling, especially if there is no manned security available constantly.
–    Waist height turnstiles can be used indoors if the hotel has a gym or certain facilities that have restricted access.

Intercoms
–    With options to have video Intercom or just audio, these are great devices to have located at hotels at the entrance, ensuring you know who is coming in and out of the premises.

Proximity Devices
–    Proximity cards and Proximity Access Keypads again can both be effectively used at hotels to restrict access in certain areas and can be used in conjunction with both turnstiles and gates.

Gateway Automation can help hotels protect their assets from serious crime with minimum disruption while maintaining safe and comfortable working environments for clients, contractors, customers and other highly important individuals. For a free non-obligation quotation and feasibility survey please contact Gateway Automation on 01522 682255. Alternatively, our brochure can be downloaded here: http://www.gatwayautomation.co.uk/brochure/