Barrier Gate Safety Features
Parking BOXX gates will auto rebound in the event that a gate arm comes into contact with a solid object. This required safety feature may be demonstrated by catching the gate arm in your hand to show how quickly the rebound will happened. Generally a gate should not come into contact with a vehicle, unless there is an issue with the loops or loop detector or if the vehicle is attempting to tailgate or closely follow another vehicle out of the parking lot to avoid payment.
On the barrier gate top, there are illuminated panels for red/green lights. The lights remain red until the arm is full open to indicate to the vehicle driver that it is safe to pass. An upgrade to have illuminated arms is also available. We find that our customers who want to attract evening and night drivers like the visibility this provides for their lot. We even had one customer tell us this was better advertising than the much more expensive color sign he was considering purchasing.
The arm is made of a light-weight aluminum that we designed with an internal structure for strength, including withstanding heavy winds, even for our 18’ arm. Our arm is powder coated with white with 3M red reflective strips on both sides of the arm. The 3M technology uses retroreflectivity to maximize visibility because the optic elements are nearly 100% efficient. The night time visibility of the strips is almost 90 degrees and may be visible up to 500 feet.
Another popular feature is security cameras. These may help to avoid the likelihood of vandalism or attempts to “game” the system. Parking BOXX offers standard single or dual camera options with optional NVRs to record the security footage for future reference.
Next, you’ll want to consider how the gate will survive the rigors of human and vehicle interaction. Will the barrier gate break in the RIGHT way. Despite best efforts some parking lot patrons drive into the barrier gate arm. And, yes, the below is an image of a real driver deciding to driver through an arm. After this incident, the parking lot decided to change from the steel bolt to the break away bolt.