What do you need to know when buying turnstiles?


Turnstiles are among the most popular forms of perimeter security across the UK. They provide businesses and organisations with a robust and highly secure way of managing access to a site – without the need for costly security staff. However, every business is different, and there’s no such thing as a one size fits all approach when it comes to perimeter security. Here are some points to consider before making a decision.

Location, Location, Location

The first thing you will need to discuss is the location that your turnstile will inhabit. Turnstiles are commonplace in football grounds, theme parks, sports stadiums, and military bases. However, the turnstiles used in these circumstances may be quite different to those at an apartment building, hotel, or even a train station. While for some businesses, security is paramount and aesthetics less important – for others, there is a need to balance out effectiveness with a welcoming and friendly vibe.

Fit For Purpose

What will you be using your turnstile for? There are a variety of different turnstiles available. As well as the environment of the turnstile, you need to think about other factors like traffic. For busy sites, with high numbers of footfall such as train stations – it’s important that access can be granted safely but also in a quick manner. Whereas for a warehouse holding sensitive or high-value goods, extra credential checks might be more important than flow rate.


Tailgating is when a person illegally gains access to a site – either by following in quickly behind an authorised visitor, or having a card passed back to them by another visitor who is in on the scam. This is a headache for many businesses, who only realise what has happened later on as they review CCTV footage. Or worse, when they have to clear up the mess left behind. You can combat tailgating with anti-passback features. They effectively prevent tailgaters ‘passing back’ security cards or fobs used for entry.


A good provider knows that businesses have to keep in line with budgets and should be able to provide you with a few different options.

Turnstiles can be integrated with a number of different access control options including proximity cards, tokens, keypad entry, and voice/video intercom control and can be customised to meet your needs. Whereas a more simple form of turnstile may cost you less.

While turnstiles can vary in cost, the important thing to keep in mind is the long-term savings they could provide. Turnstiles allow you to have better control over the entry points of your site, and provide a physical barrier that stops criminals and unwanted guests in their tracks. Not only this but turnstiles can often be controlled automatically and are an effective alternative to the hiring of in-person security guards.

Gateway Automation can help businesses and organisations to protect their assets from serious crime with minimum disruption while maintaining safe and comfortable working environments for clients. For a free no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey please contact Gateway Automation on 01522 682255. Alternatively, our brochure can be downloaded here


The Advantages of road blockers and rising kerbs

road blockers

We all want to protect our businesses from crime and there are a great many tools out there to help us on our way. Gates, barriers, bollards and turnstiles are just a few of the resources that can help develop an effective security strategy. However, when it comes to meeting the challenges of vehicular traffic there may be other tools to consider too. Here we explain the benefits of road blockers and rising kerbs.

Managing Traffic

Gates and barriers should be the foundation of any worthwhile perimeter security plan. They help you to monitor and shut off access to unwanted vehicles and check over the credentials of your visitors before allowing them access to your site. But there may be other factors to think about here too.

Easy Access

For some sites, it is important to be able to maintain easy access to your site and this can sometimes prove to be a conundrum for businesses that simultaneously want to protect themselves from crime.

It might be that you operate in a customer-facing environment such as retail. In this case, you wouldn’t want to slow down the entry of customers or trade vehicles. This would have a negative effect on both trade, and customer satisfaction.

Even if your business is not customer facing, it might be important for you to maintain rapid access in order to meet targets and maintain your operations to a high standard.

There is a solution though. You can avoid negative feedback by keeping gates open during opening hours and using alternative tools such as rising kerbs and road blockers which can allow you to control traffic in specific areas – for instance by blocking off a loading bay.

Quality Protection

Allowing easy access is one thing, but for highly sensitive sites you may want to limit access as much as possible. Government buildings, financial institutions, data centres, and those working in defence all require a sophisticated approach to perimeter security.

Road Blockers, in particular, are a go-to for many high-profile organisations around the world looking to reduce the threat of unlawful access, and even terrorist attacks.

Hydraulic road blockers prevent vehicles from gaining access to restricted areas while simultaneously doubling up as a deterrent.

They are available in widths of 2.0 to 5.0 metres and three heights for varying security levels. 340mm height for cars & vans, 500mm height for high security & 800mm height ultimate security against HGVs.

A visually intimidating presence, road blockers are uncompromising in nature and can be fitted with yellow and black chevrons to send out a stark message to would-be intruders that you take your security needs seriously.

Terrorists want to impact the most devastation and disruption they can, and if they feel that your site is too well protected to have an impact then you may well no longer be considered a key target.

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.

Should my business install Pedestrian gates?

Pedestrian Gate When it comes to security gates, a large degree of attention is typically given to vehicular gates and managing the traffic that arrives at a site. While this is very important and needs to be given full consideration, it would be unwise to neglect pedestrian traffic. Crime comes in many shapes and forms, and it is important for businesses in the modern environment to be able to maintain effective control over their entry and exit routes at all times, and avoid the presence of unwanted visitors who may seek to exploit vulnerabilities. However, not all businesses are the same, and while pedestrian gates may be suitable for some, there may be other situations where alternative forms of security are better suited. Let’s take a brief overview to discover more.

Managing pedestrian traffic

There are a variety of different tools at your disposal when it comes to managing pedestrian traffic. Turnstiles, and barriers can be used to prevent tailgating for instance. They can be fitted with access control enhancements such as tokens, pins, or fob systems, or manned by a physical security officer to check credentials and approve access. Elsewhere, access control equipment like intercom systems might be used with controllers able to grant or deny entry from a remote location. Pedestrian gates are another tool that can be added to your arsenal.

Pedestrian gates

Pedestrian gates can be deployed at your site at key entry and exit points to bolster your protection against crime, and manage visitation. Pedestrian gates can be operated manually with fittings for padlocks, or fitted with magnetic locks and self-closers for automated use. For safety, they should be fitted with self-monitoring safety edges and twin photocells as standard, and can also be enhanced with flashing beacons and sounder capabilities. Pedestrian gates allow you to effectively shut off access to unwanted visitors who might otherwise infiltrate your property, causing damage, stealing assets, or impacting your business in other negative ways. By installing a pedestrian gate, you prevent this from happening, protect your business, and also show your employees and clients that you care about their well-being. Pedestrian gates allow you to control exactly who is allowed to enter your site. Although a large degree of this consideration should be geared around preventing crime, it also allows you to prevent nuisance callers, cold callers, and other types of distracting visitation. Of course, it is important to think about the suitability of a pedestrian gate for your company. If your business operates in a customer-facing environment, that aims to be open, approachable and friendly then a pedestrian gate may look too authoritative. In which case a turnstile may be a more appropriate option. However, even in these types of settings, there may be occasions where a pedestrian gate can be properly utilised without negatively impacting on the aesthetic of your business. Such as using a pedestrian gate to lock off a warehouse area, stock storage area, or another part of your site that is highly sensitive or holds high-value goods. Equally, you might wish to use a pedestrian gate to limit access to a rear yard, or bicycle shed.

First Steps

The first step when it comes to deciding your perimeter security measures should be to seek a risk assessment from an experienced and professional company. This is a sure-fire way to know that you are getting the most value out of your investment, and protecting your business in the most efficient way you can. 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, non-obligation quotation please contact us on 01522 682 255 or visit our website for further information: http://www.gatewayautomation.co.uk/.

Benefits of Cantilever Gates

Cantilever Gate When it comes to perimeter security, what’s the first tool that pops into your head? For most people it will be the image of either strong security gates or of CCTV cameras mounted high above ground. While CCTV systems can be useful as an accessory to other forms of perimeter security, they aren’t without their drawbacks. CCTV systems can document a crime, but they don’t always prevent one from happening. A robust security gate on the other hand, is one of the best ways of creating a physical barrier to stop criminals in their tracks and prevent a quick getaway. Here at Gateway we offer a range of swing gates, sliding gates and bi-folding gates. Here we will look at cantilever sliding gates and why you might choose one for your business.

What is a cantilever gate?

Where swing gates and manual gates typically open through the middle, automatic sliding gates and cantilevers operate by moving the whole gate to the side of an entrance. The main difference between a standard sliding gate and a cantilever is the track system. Where sliding gates run across a track, a cantilever gate is supported by rollers.

Sending a message

Cantilever gates, and sliding gates are a very clever form of perimeter security. Not only do they send an immediate visual message to would-be intruders that you take security seriously, but they make the practicality of a break in difficult. These types of gates are harder to force open when compared with standard swing gates, and may deter opportunistic theft, especially when integrated as part of a wider perimeter security system.

Space savers

One of the key reasons to choose a cantilever gate is the space that it can save. If your entrance is limited by geographical or physical barriers – meaning a swing gate would not be practical – then a cantilever gate may be more suitable as they run horizontally, allowing you to fully utilise space that would otherwise be lost.

Weather proofing

The supported design of a cantilever gate means that weather conditions are less likely to impact on performance. Particularly during the colder months of the year, sliding gates may need to have ice and snow cleared from their tracks to maintain functionality.

Terrain suitability

Cantilever gates are also suited to a wider range of terrains and there are no problems caused by uneven or bumpy surfaces. This can be particularly useful for sites that are located in rural areas, or in industrial settings. Their supported design allows for this, and also means that they are able to operate on declines and elevations, and also adapt to wider entrances such as those used by heavy-duty vehicles.

Swift Access

In general, cantilever gates can be operated more quickly than traditional sliding gates. This can be particularly useful in settings where rapid access needs to be maintained: such as at hospitals and police stations. 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, non-obligation quotation please contact us on 01522 682 255 or visit our website for further information: http://www.gatewayautomation.co.uk/.

Physical Security Checklist for Businesses

Physical Security Checklist

After a prolonged period of business closures and uncertainty, the threat of an economic downturn still weighs heavy on the mind of many business owners. Not only for their futures but also the risks of a boom in crime so often associated with economic slumps.

Here is a list of our most essential recommendations for most businesses looking to shield themselves from criminal activity. Here is our physical security checklist for businesses

1 – Start with a risk assessment

Every business is different and when it comes to perimeter security there is no such thing as a one size fits all approach. An experienced security provider should be able to explain the reasoning behind their recommendations, rather than just trying to sell you the latest technology for the sake of it.

Indeed, often the most simple forms of perimeter protection can have the most profound impact, so your first step should be to identify potential areas of weakness. This could come in the form of missing equipment, equipment in need of repair or replacement, or other more general considerations that can help you level up your security.

2 – Have you secured your entry points?

In terms of sending a message, gates can have a strong impact on the psyche. Robust, well-maintained gates send a message to criminals that your business takes their security needs very seriously. Gates are a critical step in dissuading the opportunistic type of criminal. They also give staff and clientele reassurance that your premises are safe. Heavy-duty security gates can come in the form of automatic, bi-folding, cantilever, or manual swing gates.

3 – Are you making the most of technology?

Advancements in technology mean that perimeter security has now come a long way from the lock and key methods of old. While there is a place for this type of equipment, keys can be easily lost or cloned causing headaches for business owners. Access control equipment uses the latest tech that is both secure and hard to bypass. This may come in the form of electronic keys, key cards, phone entry, registration plate recognition, or even biometric fingerprint readers.

Access control equipment can be used both internally and externally, equipping entry points, or perhaps used internally to block off specific areas where sensitive information or high-value goods might reside.

4 – Are you considering vehicular traffic?

Depending on the nature of your business, you may have vehicles visiting and driving around your premises. However, it may be important for you to be able to restrict access to approved vehicles and manage their movement during their stay.

Gates and barriers can be either manned or unnamed and fitted with equipment to regulate access. Gates and barriers can be opened manually, or automatic styles can be operated through passes, fobs, pin codes, registration readers, and other types of credentials. Having these types of tools in place can prevent unauthorised access from the off.

Should you need to manage vehicles as they move around your site then equipment such as flow control plates to focus traffic in a certain direction, speed ramps to control speed, and rising kerbs or security posts to block off specific areas might also be used.

Security might not be your only concern in this scenario. Sometimes it is important to shield pedestrians and employees from heavy goods vehicles, or other forms of traffic that might endanger them as they go about their business. This can be achieved through the use of automatic or manual bollards and barriers.

5 – Stop unwanted visitors

Another important consideration for many brick-and-mortar businesses is how to stop unwanted visitors who arrive on foot. Without the proper equipment and checks in place, it may be easy for someone to slip inside unnoticed – stealing equipment, documents, cash, or sensitive data. You can guard against this with the use of turnstiles, which are available in a variety of different sizes and styles. Turnstiles are commonplace in settings as diverse as corporate offices and music arenas, and effectively halt the progress of a pedestrian until their credentials have been checked – either by technology or actual personnel.

6 – Have you briefed staff?

Many of the investigations initiated after a crime throw up instances where employees may have been able to thwart criminal activity in its tracks. No one expects your employees to be law enforcers, but knowing the signs to look out for, and a culture of reporting strange behaviour can go a long way towards reducing your vulnerability.

7 – Have you protected your business out of hours?

A great deal of crime is conducted outside of working hours. It is important, especially in isolated areas, that you consider how you might be able to guard against this. As well as alarm systems, security lighting can help to prevent intruders, who largely want to remain undetected.

8 – Get in touch to discuss your needs

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 contact us here or call us on 01522 682 255

Benefits of installing an intercom system

Intercom Systems

Our strategy towards perimeter security has always been to take a holistic approach. To look at a business’s needs in a 360 degree way and make suggestions that will address any weakness and vulnerabilities in their operations. One surprising recommendation that we might propose is that of intercom systems.

While intercom systems might make you think of outdated, rusty equipment on industrial buildings, the reality is that intercom systems have come a long way in recent years and now incorporate modern technology – such as control through the use of a mobile phone. Let’s take a look at how intercom systems can benefit your business in the modern-day.

What are Intercom Systems?

No matter the nature of a business, or organisation, there is always a need to protect and safeguard your employees from harm. This is why many businesses are once again turning to access control equipment such as intercom systems.

An intercom system (short for intercommunication device) is a stand-alone tool that can be used at almost any property or building. The two-way device transmits and receives audio/visual communications from one part of the building to another, allowing the person indoors to be able to talk and view the person outdoors.

Protecting employees from harm

Intercom systems remove the need for face-to-face, physical contact with a visitor. The employee can be tucked safely away in another part of the building, or even from the comfort of their own home with mobile access, and can still grant access to the visitor. This removes the risk of an unwanted visitor forcing entry once an employee answers their call, and viewed in the present light of Coronavirus can also limit their risk and exposure to potential illness.

Provide internal access control

Intercom systems are traditionally viewed as an externally fitted piece of equipment, but they can also be used indoors. For instance, in hospitals to prevent unauthorised access to a ward outside of visiting hours. Visitors can be viewed and vetted before being allowed to enter.

Reduce the need for door security

While some businesses will always need manned security for their doors, there are often instances where this can be scaled back or even replaced with intercom systems. This may free up funds to invest in other areas of the business, or other security measures.

Improve communications

With an intercom system, visitors will be able to identify themselves upon arrival and be directed to the appropriate department or zone of your building, which can be particularly useful in large and busy environments. If a visitor is lost, or has a question, and is unable to find a member of staff, they will be able to gain the attention of the employee attending the intercom who can help them. This is perfect for fast-paced, busy environments, or large, expansive sites. Specific bright red ‘Help’ intercoms can be provided for the sole purpose of attending to queries and questions.

Extend your hours of operation

24-hour access to your site becomes far easier and far more efficient with the use of intercom systems. Employing security personnel to control access can be costly, but with the use of an intercom system, you can extend your hours without the need to always have a guard on duty, as other employees may be able to respond to requests, either from another part of the building or remotely.

Track activity and timekeeping

Intercom systems can support your payroll needs, allowing you to log who arrives at your building, and at what time. This can be used from both an HR perspective, and also to aid your security investigations should something go amiss.

Support disabilities and access requirements

Businesses are becoming more and more attuned to the needs of people with specific access requirements. There may be areas in your building where a person may be in need and unable to attract the attention of passers-by. Equally, current legislation requires that commercial buildings of one story or more provide safe areas of refuge where someone who isn’t able to access fire escapes or evacuation lifts can call for assistance.

Our specialist refuge point systems are a form of intercom that provide two-way communication, allowing rescue teams or trained staff to quickly diagnose a situation and act as is appropriate.

A custom fit

Modern intercoms are flexible to your business needs and can be fitted with bespoke enhancements tailored specifically to you. Video surveillance solutions, biometric scanners, and two-way communications are just a few of the numerous options which are available with modern-day systems.
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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

Court House Physical Security Tips

court house security

Despite being the home to justice, courthouses are not immune from threats of crime or the actual crime itself. A recent report from The Guardian newspaper highlighted how thousands of pounds have been spent in recent years upgrading security for judges and members of the court. Indeed, polling underlined that 22% of circuit judges, who try the most serious criminal cases, 21% of court appeal judges, and 19% of high court judges feared for their own personal safety. This deep concern was shared by 15% of judges across the board.

Whether facing threats from organised drug gangs, violent criminals, or warring families, courts require a robust approach to physical security and must be protected from dangers. The key way to ensure that a courthouse is protected should therefore be to create a complex, and multi-tiered approach that plans for the worst possible eventualities and helps prevent these dangers from coming to fruition at any stage.

Balancing the scales

One of the most common conundrums for courthouses are that many of their buildings are antiquated. While their historic nature provides a purpose in underlining their importance, it can present challenges when it comes to security. This is why it is essential that a risk assessment is carried out to factor in the uniqueness of each building, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach that may be more suited to wide, spacious, open buildings.

Another problem that courthouses face is their need to balance security with the rights of visitation. Whether it be those having their day in court, members of the judicial, the public, or members of the press. Entry needs to be secure, yet quick, to maintain busy court schedules.

Another concern, particularly with high-profile cases, is that of media and public interest. These types of cases may bring increased attention from members of the public, or press, and therefore crowd control and interior access controls can become a high priority that needs to be addressed. It is important to liaise with both media outlets and policing officials in advance in order to assess the risk factors of these types of cases.

Exterior security

Security should always begin with the perimeter and in the case of courts, this often means considering car parks and entry points. It is essential that car parks are limited to authorised visitors and that protection is given to important vehicles. This might be achieved through
automatic barriers with pins or biometric devices, or through cutting-edge ANPR systems that reserve entry to whitelisted vehicle number plates.

Interior security

Indoors, turnstiles and barriers can be used to manage human traffic and allow security personnel to carefully search, and later monitor visitors. Equally, access control and barriers can be used to reserve access to specific areas, such as jury rooms, courtrooms, or staff rooms.

Together with other solutions like manned guarding, barred windows, supervisors, and crowd control, you can develop a comprehensive security protocol that ensures proceedings go ahead safely and securely and that the security of both visitors and the judiciary is respected. To begin this process you should endeavour to undertake a comprehensive risk assessment which accounts for all of the aforementioned factors.

Gateway Automation provides a range of products including access control equipment to help businesses and individuals secure their sites against crime. We also provide nationwide servicing and repairs to gates, barriers, and other perimeter security equipment. To find out more, and how we may be able to help, please call us on 01522 682255.

How Barriers can be used effectively in car parks

Sometimes the strongest of solutions come in the simplest of forms. When it comes to creating a safe, secure, and well-transitioned car park – barriers play a critical role, Let’s take a look in detail at how barriers can be used effectively in car parks.
Site owners know that access control is incredibly important when it comes to managing car parks. Ensuring that traffic can flow easily, but still be monitored and managed responsibly is essential to providing a positive experience for visitors. After all, a car park that is unsafe or outdated is likely to be unappealing to drivers, and lead to dwindling numbers and uptake.

Managing entry points

One of the most effective ways to manage that traffic is through the use of an automated barrier system installed at entry points. Automatic barriers require electricity to operate, they are built to high specifications and are difficult for criminals to bypass.

In public settings, barriers can be used to slow down traffic and ensure that payment procedures are adhered to, and in private settings, they can help prevent unauthorised vehicles from entering your site. Equally, they can be used to partition specific areas of a car park for staff or delivery vehicles. Automatic barriers require no manpower and can be operated through an array of different entry configuration methods: granting movement through tokens, tickets, pins, or codes.

An experienced provider will be able to design a system that fits the particular needs of your site. This means taking into account the type of car park that you operate, be it public or private, the availability of staff and manned guards, the type of vehicles that need access to your site, the availability of electricity, and the space that you have to work with. This ensures that you are given recommendations bespoke to your business, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach that could provide you with headaches later on down the line. They will also be able to provide you with maintenance and support when you need it.

Additional equipment

We take a holistic approach to site security and there are times when car parks may require additional equipment in order to strengthen their facilities. One such piece of equipment that can greatly benefit car parks is our new ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) System.

With direct access to a specialist server, our access GUARDIAN ANPR can identify vehicles that are either whitelisted or blacklisted and grant permissions on those basis. It can control flow to private areas, blacklist troublesome vehicles, and save money on staffing. Equally, it can be used to monitor staff from an HR perspective and clock entry and exit times.

For car parks where overstays and unauthorised long-term parking issues have become problems then another option may be height-restrictor barriers. These prevent access for particularly high vehicles such as lorries or caravans. Find out more here.

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

Bollard Maintenance Tips

Bollard Maintenance

Across the country, bollards are one of the most commonly seen forms of security equipment seen in locations as diverse as ports and power stations to high street pavements and sporting arenas. Bollards serve a dual purpose in protecting both buildings and pedestrians from impact and can be utilised as a simple yet effective means of access control. However, like other forms of perimeter security, bollards require a certain level of respect and upkeep to maintain their effectiveness. Here we share some top bollard maintenance tips.

Risks to bollards

Like everything else, bollards require periodic maintenance to preserve their looks and their effectiveness. Often placed outdoors, bollards are at risk from environmental conditions and human interactions.

The outdoors, particularly in the UK, bring adverse weather conditions throughout the year. Heavy rain, sleet, and winds can wear down materials with time, and heat and prolonged sun exposure may warp or dull exteriors.

Equally, bollards are at risk from their surroundings and human interaction. A bollard’s purpose is to protect and limit vehicular movement and as such may occasionally be struck or scraped by cars, lorries, and other types of vehicles. They may also be subject to vandalism or improper repair or usage.

Signs of damage and how to deal with them

So, what are some of the warning signs that your bollard may be in need of repair or upkeep? And what should you do to both prevent and deal with any problems that may arise?

Check bollard condition regularly

The first step in ensuring the longevity of your bollard system is to periodically check and clean your equipment. A simple clean with soapy water can often remove dirt, grime, and other pollutants that may build up over time, however always discuss your proposed cleaning routine with your manufacturer to avoid any problems. Having a regular clean can counteract many other issues down the line and ensure that all the parts are working properly. Consider diarising a bi-annual appointment to clean down your security equipment.

Avoid vandalism

The second type of problem that you may encounter with your bollard may be from vandalism or sabotage. While vandalism and crime are sad facts of life, there may be steps that you can take to prevent this from happening and send a clear message to criminals that you won’t take their actions lightly. You may achieve this by installing CCTV, warning signs, increasing manned patrols, or taking a broader look at your site’s needs and how you can upgrade your perimeter security with tools like gates or access control equipment.

Check for vehicle damage

Finally, the third type of problem with bollards may be of the technical variety. If a bollard has been damaged by a vehicle, fittings have jarred or become loose, or general wear and tear have resulted in reduced performance, then it may be time to call in the experts to bring your equipment back up to scratch. After all, a bollard is no use at all if it doesn’t operate as it is supposed to. Indeed a broken bollard may hinder your operations as a business, or cause a public health hazard. So it is important that you can call on experts to quickly assess and repair any damage.

As well as providing nationwide manufacturer and installation of perimeter security systems and devices, Gateway Automation also offers a servicing and repairs option. We provide nationwide maintenance contracts, and supply parts for all manufacturers’ equipment, so you can rest assured that we will have you back on track with minimum disruption to your business. To find out more, please contact us here.

How sliding gates can be ideal for your business

Sliding Gates

Crime, particularly the opportunistic type, all comes down to psychology. Be it a broken lock, an unlocked window, or a lack of security lighting, there are a great many ways that criminals can be swayed into taking their chances on your property. However, they can be dissuaded just as easily, provided you’ve put time and thought into building a robust perimeter. And nothing sets the foundation for that as well as a strong security gate. One of the most popular forms of security gate is the sliding gate and we explain how sliding gates can be ideal for your business.

One excellent solution for businesses looking to secure their entry and exit points is a sliding gate. As the name suggests, sliding gates are wheel-mounted gates that move along a track at the opening of a driveway or the line of a site or property. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of sliding gates when compared with other forms.

Space Saving

Unlike swinging gates, sliding gates do not take up an arc of space, and run horizontally which can be ideal if you have specific obstacles or space limitations that need to be bypassed. They facilitate easy access for approved cars and vehicles who can be confident as to when it is safe for them to move forwards. They can also be a smart solution when entry points are positioned on hills or slopes where other forms of gates may drag against the ground unless opened the opposite way.

Variety of Materials

Swinging gates can be constructed using a variety of different materials. They might be made from iron, wood, steel, aluminium, or composite. However, here at Gateway, we opt for aluminium and steel materials which we find to be the strongest and most resilient options.


In the past, one of the concerns regarding cantilever sliding gates has been the safety of others. Without proper installation and forethought, gates have resulted in serious accidents. However, customers can be confident in the safety of their tools provided that they choose a Gate Safe provider like Gateway Automation. Gate Safe providers have undergone rigorous training to understand the importance of regular safety checks and proper installation provided by IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health). In addition to this, we fit our sliding gates with several safety devices as standard.

Can be upgraded to meet your needs

Every business is different and while our sliding gates are already built to the highest quality, there may be additional requirements that are important for your business. Our gates can be upgraded with a number of additional extras including razor wire, anti-climb spikes, electric fence, traffic lights, warning sirens, and more. Access can be customised and controlled through keypads, proximity cards, photocells, intercoms, tokens, key switches, and fobs.
Sliding Gates are used in a variety of different businesses across a broad scope of sectors, and provide a professional and practical method of securing entry points. However, your first step should be to discuss your needs with a reputable supplier. After undergoing a proper risk assessment you will be able to ascertain which type of gate is most suitable for your requirements.

Gateway Automation provides free, no-obligation quotes and feasibility surveys for your premises. To assess your security requirements, please contact us here.