Automatic Barrier & Gate – Law & £’s

Have you ever thought of the risks that you run by ignoring the control of the proper functioning of your gate? Not only does the periodic maintenance of the gate lengthen the life of the automation, which can get to work effectively much longer than a neglected system, but it is also required by law to ensure maximum safety of things and people.




The Machinery Directive 2006/42 / EC considers the automatic gate as an industrial machine, such as a press or a lathe, and includes automatic gates, car garage doors and electrical barriers within the scope of the legislation itself.

In particular, the European directive introduced mandatory maintenance and the compilation of a maintenance booklet for automatic gates installed in both public and private locations. The owner, site manager or the administrator is obliged to complete, in agreement with the installer, the maintenance booklet showing the regular periodicity of the checks carried out by specialised personnel to keep the safety and the automation structure in full efficiency.

Call a qualified professional immediately to improve the functionality, reliability and safety of your automatic gate or request information from the installer nearest you here.

Prevention is better than cure!

We have two small videos on our site which show what happens when the correct safety protocols are not followed !

Find out below the 6 periodic checks recommended by Gate & Barrier manufacturer CAME to lengthen the life of your system, improve its efficiency, ensure more safety to things and people, keep away small or large unexpected events.

The 6 controls that extend the life of your gate:

1.Control of the automation unlocking system 
It is the verification of the correct unlocking of the gate to guarantee the full efficiency of the manual opening in the absence of energy and in all other cases of non-functioning

2. Control of mechanical movement forces 
This is a technical check to be done with the engine both locked and unlocked, which allows you to highlight any mechanical anomalies (deformations, debris) that can obstruct the free movement of the gate. If neglected, anomalies of this type can reduce the life of automation.

3. Check the correct operation of the limit switches 
It is necessary to verify that the limit switches intervene by stopping the leaf according to the correct spaces. Uncontrolled limit switches can create door jamming and therefore create malfunctions and a further increase in engine operation.

4. Check the cleaning of moving mechanical parts 
It is important to check the optimal sliding of hinges-joints-worm-roller-bearings of the gate. If neglected, non-cleaning is one of the most common causes of duration under the average standards of an automatic system.

5. Control of operation of the control systems 
It is the verification of the efficient operation of transmitters, key selectors and command buttons, which is carried out by controlling the range of the remote control, the contacts and the cleaning of the control selector. Failure to verify this can result in false commands or even sudden shutdown of the system.

6. Control of the functionality of the safety devices 
These are two separate technical interventions: at first the functionality of photocells and safety profiles is tested to verify their efficient operation; then we proceed to the control of quality standards, fundamental for the prevention of damage to property and people.

What is the Future of CCTV technology?

Big manufacturers like Samsung and Sony have been producing UltraHD or 4K TV’s for some time, but what does it actually mean?

4K is a new higher resolution imaging technology, it’s called 4K because it provides a resolution of 4096 x 2160. This is 4 times the resolution of traditional 1080p (1920 x 1080). This means that you can get 4 times the detail on your screen. Some manufacturers have been calling this technology UltraHD or UHD. UltraHD is actually a slightly different resolution which works at 3840 x 2160, sometimes it is also known as 2160p. So now we have the tech jargon out of the way let us continue!

Think of 4K or UltraHD like we did when Full HD or 1080p was launched, it is a much high quality video format that will allow much great detail.

How does 4K/UHD Compare to Full HD 1080p & standard definition?

4K is often called 8 MegaPixel or 8MP as this is how may actual pixels are in the image. In the above chart you can easily see that there is a much larger area for the 4K image. 1080p or Full HD is only 2 MegaPixel, this gives you a lot less detail when compared side by side.

You can also see that old school standard definition is a tiny image size. The quality of 4K really is that much higher.

What does it mean for CCTV?

CCTV manufacturers have only recently started marketing 4K. This has mainly been down to storage constraints. 4K footage uses a lot of hard drive capacity, this made systems very expensive when you factored in needing more than 8 terabytes of hard drive capacity for even 2 cameras. New technologies have emerged that have compressed the footage to a much more sensible level, now manufacturers are able to offer 4K recording solutions for 4 and even 8 cameras without needing huge storage.

With the advent of 4K CCTV we will now see a big shift in how cameras could be positioned, with higher resolution you may not need 4 cameras to cover the front of your building, for example. UHD will also open up much greater ANPR (Automatic Number Plate recognition) facial detection and even remote zoom options.

Why would I want a 4K CCTV System?

From a perspective of pure quality then 4K CCTV will be excellent. However, this would not be the main reason for making the jump to 4K in our opinion. We think that the main benefit of 4K is what else it will give you as well as potentially lowering the total number of cameras you would need.

Additional benefits such as being able to search for a specific car number plate (ANPR detection) or a school going through a database of facial images to search for the location of a pupil.  Imagine an art gallery raising an alarm should a picture be removed, caught by the change in pixels off the CCTV camera.

The massive clarity in data provides all the tools for proactive systems and a giant stride away from those grainy screens looking at an incident from the night before.

This is where the future of CCTV is moving and the future is bright.  From the massive manufacturing CCTV giants of Dahua and HIK through to Samsung Hanwha, Sony, Axis and a host of others, 4k quality and better processing protocols such as H.265 seems to be the dominant stride forward for the years to come.


Alexa and App Controlled Alarms

Amazon’s Alexa series proved that AI powered assistants could prove a mass market hit outside of the smart phone world, and has won over many users who previously found the idea of speaking to their appliances a bit too…”black mirror”. As a result we can expect almost all new products to have voice control, including alarm systems. Whilst this is inevitable, it does raise the unpleasant possibility of having to manage multiple AIs in your home like a group of uncommunicative children.

Alexa-Remote-Controlled-AlarmsIronically, one big impact it could have on the world of security is not a positive – in an age when every institution is at risk of malicious hacking, many have suggested that having a speaker constantly listening and sending audio data to the cloud could have dangerous consequences. This would only get worse as the technology filters down to smaller manufacturers with less universal software standards.

This trend is not really brand new, but it’s certainly becoming more prevalent. Since the arrival on the market of basic home security offerings from companies such as Ring and Nest, security system and alarm manufacturers have been looking to “Apple-ify” their ranges, moving from clunky and stern hardware, to smaller, sleaker devices that are more attractive to DIY users.

Ring themselves are also looking to aggressively expand their range, stepping on the toes of more traditional alarm system manufacturers.

This is not something to look out for, this change is well underway. Now that smartphones provide DIY users with the type of 24/7 monitoring that used to require paid-for services, it’s no surprise that the home security market is shifting towards smaller, easy-to-install devices.  The shift toward sexy looking App controlled systems is unlikely to make systems better & more secure but will improve the user experience.  It is however likely that commercial systems will need a lot more IT security before it takes a grip there as well.