A large gate outside of a person's home.

Having an automated gate solution installed – whether in a residential area or on commercial property – can bring a huge sense of relief to the organization or community. There are a few details to prepare in advance, however, to help ensure a smoother transition. Automated gates are complex systems that increasingly rely on advanced technology and customized solutions at the request of the clients.

For that reason and others, a fair amount of preparation should go into making your decision to have one, choosing the proper installation for the property, and acquiring any additional information the installer might need. It will help to take a number of steps to complete the project successfully:

  • Ascertain your specific needs.
  • Do your research.
  • Talk to multiple security providers.
  • Consider your options carefully.
  • Prepare questions in advance.

Today’s state-of-the-art security systems can be tailor-made for each client’s specific needs. As a result, there may be questions to explore about preparing for their installation, as well.

Select the Right Type of Gate for Your Property

You want something powerful, sturdy and reliable. But there are many kinds of automated barriers on the market, each which may be more or less appropriate for the surrounding structure. Knowing you’ve selected the right option will make you feel more confident about your choice so that you’re better prepared for the installation stage.

Two of the most common types are:

1 Slide Gates

Sliding gates are typically installed on tracks and secured with rollers that move back and forth. The best kind can be custom-made to perfectly fit the dimensions of the property, whether for the end of a driveway or the entrance of a large commercial property.

2 Swing Gates

There are different types of swing gates, and they operate like they sound, moving on some form of hinge post system as they swing open and shut. Because of the way they open, they take up more space than a sliding gate, which could be a determining factor in whether it makes sense for a particular location.

When you start reaching out to security service providers, ask about the full range of options, including what the advantages and disadvantages might be for your property.

Ask Installers Beforehand What to Expect

Sometimes a little probing goes a long way in terms of getting the helpful information you need. Some people don’t find understanding the mechanics helpful or don’t want to be involved in the installation process at all. But many service providers will appreciate a partner who has a question or two about what to expect. Good questions to ask might include:

  1. How long will the installation take?
  2. What times of day are typically more convenient for your clients?
  3. Will the installers have any specific needs once on the property?
  4. How will people be expected to enter or exit the property during installation?
  5. Will residents or workers need any advance warning so they can make alternative plans?

There may also be information you wouldn’t have expected. Supervisors and other department personnel may need to know if contractors will need access to power supplies, wifi or internal information. Even understanding the tools and equipment being brought on site will give you a better sense of what to expect. Sometimes asking about clients that weren’t prepared for their installation can help shine a light on what to let your fellow residents know when preparing the rest of your community.

Discuss Security Access, Personal IDs, Batteries, Remote Controls & Other Relevant Info with Electronic Entry Systems (EES)

The bottom line is: you want to fully understand your role in this system. Will there be remote controls and who will need access to them? What type of batteries or maintenance should you expect? If individual IDs or codes are going to be programmed into the system, you will likely need to gather information on certain individuals.

Whether for commercial or residential property, find out who gets clearance and how that will work. Get a clear idea of how much time should be allowed to gather the necessary information and when that should happen. You may need to send out advance requests for identifying information at your place of business to people who will be using the new system. Good communication will likely be a factor in making a smooth transition to your updated gated solution.

Electronic Entry Systems (EES) has extensive experience installing some of the most sophisticated automated gates on the market. We will work with you to make sure you are as prepared as possible for your installation. Contact EES online or call us at 800-337-4283 to discuss which gated solution is best for your security goals.