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Access Control FAQs

Access Control FAQs

Why should I install access control?
This is a different mind set approach.  Many business install burglar alarm systems that detect someone ALREADY INSIDE your property.  By installing Access Control, you are stopping people getting through doors etc, via the use of electronically controlled locks thus increasing the security & integrity of your premises. 

What type of access control system should I install?

This can depend on several factors.  Size & type of business, and budget.  Generally speaking a simple stand-alone digital keypad that controls an electric solenoid release is classed as access control.  If you only have a front door then an audio/video door entry intercom system may be better to greet your guests & visitors.  Larger premises may benefit by installing a networked system that can control many doors with thousands of users with user-friendly software, etc.  Proximity card technology has improved and is an economical way of introducing access control with minimum maintenance.
What make of Access Control equipment do you install?
For many of our new installations in Leicestershire, we use Inner Range Concept (with optional Insight software) with its world leading hardware & software offering a powerful access control solution.  For our smaller sites, Paxton Switch2 & Net2 are installed as these give good performance at economical prices. 
What types of Access Control systems do you maintain?
We will and have worked on many systems including: Inner Range Concept, Integriti, Paxton Switch2, Paxton Net2, Salto, TDSi, ACT, BSB Progeny, PAC, Bewator, HID, Europlex, Kantech & others.
Does CCTV reduce crime?
Statistics do point to major reductions in the amount of crime being committed where CCTV cameras are installed. Digital evidence can also increase the rate of conviction.
What type of cameras do I need?
There are many types of CCTV cameras on the market.  A site survey is important to identify any weak areas and to advise of the correct camera for the job.  A series of internal cameras may be sufficient or you may need vandal-proof.  Domes are indiscreet as are many Bullet cameras.  Externally, domes can be used or Traditional type.  Some sites require Speed-Domes for full Pan, Tilt & Zoom capability.  The most important thing to remember is a good lens and good lighting levels.
Why a good lens?
Lenses can be fixed or vari-focal.  A fixed lens of, say 3.6mm, will give you a wide picture (approx 70 degrees) with around 5 metres identification, whereas a 50mm lens would give a zoomed-in picture of approx 8 degrees with 30 to 40 metres identification.  Vari-focals allow for the lens to be manually set-up somewhere in-between for the correct width and height of pictuire needed.  A Wide Dynamic Range lens is helpful to stabilise the lighting when there is strong backlight so the subject does not just appear as a silhouette.
Why good lighting?
Many CCTV cameras have built-in Infra-Red (IR) lighting for night-time vision.  This makes it cheaper on installation but does have its drawbacks.  Lenses can only 'see' black and white images under IR light.  The monochrome images produced can be grainy under really dark conditions as the IR light is 'swallowed-up' by the conditions.  Put up a normal white light fitting and the camera lens switches to colour with better resolution.
What is the Data Protection Act?

The Data Protection Act (DPA) basically gives an individual the right to know what information is held about them. The DPA ensures that personal information is handled correctly.  It states that anyone who processes personal information must comply with eight principles, making sure that personal information is:

  • Fairly & lawfully processed
  • Processed for limited purposes
  • Adequate, relevant & not excessive
  • Accurate & up to date
  • Not kept for longer than is necessary
  • Processed in line with your rights
  • Secure
  • Not transferred to other countries without adequate protection
The second area covered by the DPA provides individuals with certain rights, including the right to find out what personal information is held.
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Automatic Gates FAQs
Can I automate my existing gate/s?

Yes - you can install our automatic gate operators on almost all types of gates. You can contact us to discuss your needs.

Why should I install automatic gates?

There are several reasons to do so including secure perimeter protection, extra security and privacy but also convenience (particularly in a heavy down pour).  If you have young children, it can also stop them wandering out of the premises.

Where can I buy products?

If you are in Leicestershire or Rutland or somewhere in the Midlands, please approach us for a FREE, no obligation quote. If you feel that you could install them yourself, you can still enquire with us.

Why should I choose an EN Tested operator?

This is a question of greater safety.  The motors themselves are manufactured to the latest standards regarding the impact forces generated during operation.  This makes for safe operation.

What should I do before installing?

It is most important that a risk assessment is undertaken prior to installation

Why do I need to do a risk assessment?

Some people shy away from this but it is of critical importance.  It doesn't even have to be hard - after all, we are all making these decisions every day without noticing. For instance, when crossing the road you have to check for traffic, assess it's position and speed, before you cross.  When installing your gate, assess its daily operation and the immediate surrounding area. Are there any hazards present?  Will you introduce any hazards in fitting gate automation?

What should I look out for?

Look out for things such as crushing zones - is there enough room for a person if trapped behind the gates? 500mm of space is a good start, if not, you may need further safety devices such as a deformable safety edge.  Be careful where you position exit buttons or intercoms/keypads - the user must never be in a position of possible injury whilst operating the gates.  Also, the hinge side of the gate should not be more than 100mm away from the edge of the post/pier - this is to prevent a child trying to slip through a gap.  Remember, the hinge end has the most power/torque and is, therefore, the most dangerous.

Should I use 24 volt or 230 volt operators?
Generally speaking, 24 volt operators are useful in a residential environment where lighter gates are used and safety is paramount.  230 volt operators can be used either residentially or commercially but are normally used with larger gates in commercial applications.  24 volt systems can benefit from having optional battery backup installed in case of power cuts.  Both systems will need 230 volt feeds either way.  230 volt systems can be cheaper as there are less control electronics involved.  Please be aware that 230 volt have a duty cycle of approx 30% whereas 24 volt systems are designed for intensive use.

What does 30% Duty Cycle mean?

A 30% Duty Cycle applies to 230 volt operators/motors and means that if the operator/motor runs for 1 minute, it must then rest for 2 minutes (making a 3 minute window, where 1 minute = approx 30%).  For 230 volt systems, how often it will operate is very important and therefore approx 20 operations of the gate operator/motor can be made within 1 hour.  More use than that and a 24 volt system will be required as they can better handle the intensive use.

What happens if we have a power cut?

An optional extra battery backup card with batteries can be installed, however, if there is no backup battery on your gate operator, a key is provided to unlock the motor mechanism for free access until the power is restored.

Will I need a lock?

As a rule, gates over 2.5 metres in length will require locking although you may install a lock on any size gate to increase security.


How will I open my gate?

Most people use a remote control transmitter & the gate/s will open for the programmed length of time before closing. You may also want to install an user controlled keypad for pedestrians. Some users like to use an inductive ground loop placed under the drive that detects a car to open upon exit.

Can I open the gates from my house?

Yes. We provide a range of access control equipment. Wired, wireless or GSM options are available which can then be integrated to control the gate.


What safety features are included?

As a minimum, a set of safety photocell beams are installed to protect the area between the gates and stop the gates from operating in the event of an obstruction. You may require a second set if you have large gates or a short drive. Some of our gate operators are EN compliant having met the latest European Safety measures including anti-crush features. Look for the EN Compliant logo. Extra flexible safety edging is available to stop the gate instantly.
Intercom FAQs

Should I use an Audio or Video Intercom?
Personal preference.  Most of our Intercom users in Leicester find that audio is enough. Audio Intercoms can be easier to install and is much cheaper.  Video Intercoms give visual information that the person is (probably) who they say they are.
What type of SIM card will I need for my GSM Intercom?
We always recommend a Pay As You Go SIM card to start with as there is no contract.  If the calls are frequent you may decide to take up a contract. Please use a network provider that you know has good signal in your area.
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