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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.