What Happens With Automated Gates In The Event Of A Power Outage?
Automating a driveway gate requires the installation of a gate controller that uses a powered motor to open and close the gate without manual force. The gate controllers commonly use electricity for their power needs. The question becomes, what would happen if the electricity supply is suddenly cut? The common fear is the property’s occupants would either be stranded inside or locked out. Is an electric gate manually operable? If it is, how secure would it be? We will answer these questions below:
Most Automated Gates Have A Manual Release Mechanism
All the top gate controller manufacturers now incorporate in-built manual override features that ensure electric gates remain operable when power fails. The manual release mechanism is triggered with the use of a key that disconnects the motor drive from the gate shaft, releasing the gate for manual operation.
Your gate opener kit will come with instructions on what to do in the event of a power outage. To ensure the smooth flow of vehicles through your driveway gates, especially on commercial property, it is important that all security staff are fully trained on how to trigger the manual release feature.