Sliding gates are a popular choice for securing residential and commercial properties because of their ease of use and ability to cover a wide opening. However, manually operating a sliding gate can be time-consuming and tiring, especially if the gate is heavy or the property is large. To address these issues, many property owners are turning to sliding gate automation as a solution.
Sliding gate automation in Kenya involves installing a motor and control system to the gate, allowing it to open and close automatically. This can be done by connecting the gate to a remote control, a keypad, or even a smartphone app. This type of automation eliminates the need for manual operation, making it more convenient and efficient.
There are several types of sliding gate motors available on the market, each with its own set of features and benefits. For example, some motors come with built-in safety features such as automatic stop and reverse in case of obstacles, while others are designed to work in extreme weather conditions. Property owners can choose the motor that best suits their needs and budget.
Components of Sliding Gate Automation
- Motor: The motor is the main component of an automatic sliding gate system. It provides the power to move the gate open and closed. There are different types of motors available, such as gear motors and hydraulic motors, each with their own set of features and benefits.
- Control Panel: The control panel is the brain of the system, it receives input from the user and sends commands to the motor to operate the gate. It can be connected to a remote control, keypad, or smartphone app.
- Safety Sensors: Safety sensors are an important component of automatic sliding gates. They are designed to detect obstacles in the path of the gate and automatically stop or reverse the gate’s movement to prevent accidents.
- Photocell: A photocell is a device that uses infrared technology to detect the presence of an object in the path of the gate. They are typically installed at the bottom of the gate and are used to prevent the gate from closing on a person or vehicle.
- Limit Switch: Limit switches are used to set the open and closed positions of the gate. They are typically located on the motor and work in conjunction with the control panel to ensure that the gate stops at the correct position.
- Timer: A timer is used to set the gate to automatically open and close at certain times. They can be set to open and close at specific times of the day, such as during business hours or when the property is unoccupied.
- Remote control: Remote controls are used to operate the gate from a distance. They are typically small, handheld devices that can be programmed to work with a specific gate.
- Keypad: A keypad is a device that can be installed near the gate for easy access. It allows users to enter a code to open the gate without the need for a remote control.
- Smartphone App: Some automatic sliding gate systems can be controlled via a smartphone app. This allows the user to operate the gate remotely, and receive notifications when the gate is used.
The installation process for sliding gate automation in Kenya is relatively simple and can typically be completed in a day. A professional installer will first assess the existing gate to ensure that it is structurally sound and can support the added weight of the motor. They will then install the motor and control system, test the gate for proper operation, and provide training on how to use the system.
In addition to the convenience and efficiency, sliding gate automation also provides added security for the property. Automated gates can be programmed to open only for authorized individuals, such as residents or employees. This can help to deter intruders and keep the property safe.
In conclusion, sliding gate automation is a great option for property owners looking to improve the functionality and security of their gates. With a variety of motors and control systems available, there is a solution to fit every budget and need. Contact us today because with the help of a professional installer from informed Systems Limited, the installation process is quick and easy, and the resulting convenience, efficiency, and security are well worth the investment.