Friday, March 23, 2018

Securing The Gates - The Electric Fence Solution

When we receive an enquiry for a perimeter security system, the customer usually has most of the information we need already prepared and to hand. This will include:
  • the type of site (military base, salvage yard, factory, warehouse, reservoir, etc)
  • their current perimeter protection (palisade fence, concrete wall or no fence at all)
  • the length of the perimeter
  • the number of access gates within the perimeter
  • the number of zones to be protected
  • if remote control monitoring is required
  • any notable geographical and logistical points
The fourth point in the above list, access gates, provides the focus of our post today.

Perimeter access gates can vary in their modus operandi and be swing or sliding type. Gate size is determined by the type of access required – whether for personnel or vehicles. Our Electro-Fence technology can be installed not just on the perimeter fence but also across the access gates and thus affords a premium, high security solution.

Electric Fence Gates

Both swing gates and sliding gates are suited to being converted into electric fence gates. With swing gates, a customer might have single and double leaf types but it does not make any difference – we just need to know how many gates, the type, width and where they are within the perimeter. Gates can be included in the zone or have their own dedicated zone.

Single leaf electric fence gate

How An Electric Fence Gate Works
The principle of creating an electric fence gate is very much the same as with fencing, just with a high voltage gate contact added into the equation.

With single leaf gates, a width of up to 4m is straight forward but even wider gates are no problem; it simply requires some intermediate sections to be added.

With double leaf gates, a width of up to 8m is routine but, as with single leaf gates, greater widths can be accommodated by using intermediate sections. The photograph below shows a double leaf gate with manual entry system. Note that the electric fence technology goes around the point of manual contact, thus ensuring safe operation.

With sliding gates the high voltage contact is often installed in different places.

Above are two photographs of sliding electric fence gates from an installation carried out by one of our approved electric fence installers. Apart from the very real protection that is afforded to the site, gates that look like this present a very strong visual deterrent to would-be thieves. 

Add into the equation a suitable large sign and it is unlikely any intruder will think twice before trying to breach the perimeter!

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Monday, February 26, 2018

A Question Of Quality For Perimeter Security Systems

Perimeter security systems come in all shapes and sizes but there are some key factors that determine what goes into creating truly effective and reliable perimeter security. Amongst these factors are three that all begin with the letter Q. So we will dedicate our coverage of the letter Q in our A-Z Alphabet of Perimeter Security to these three factors.

For a perimeter security system to be reliable the quality of core components cannot be over-stated. Many components in security systems are rated in line with the expected performance requirement but Advanced Perimeter Systems Limited goes one step further.

The core components of the systems manufactured by APS such as electric fence system energisers and analysers are in fact over-rated. So their performance capacity goes well beyond what is generally demanded from them and gives customers extra confidence in using them as part of their integrated security solution. The Quality Policy of the company as perimeter security manufacturers also plays an important part in this regard.

When a customer knows that only top quality components are used in their perimeter security system, they readily put their trust in the supplier. In addition, however, if the installer of the system does a quality job then they are likely to not only be a happy customer but a repeat customer!

Having our own approved network of installers who recognise the importance of the work they undertake means we readily receive compliments after the completion of a system installation.

Such as this one:
"Not only do APS products live up to high expectations with their high reliability but the customer care, technical knowledge and overall politeness of the APS team make them a pleasure to work with.”

Both before and after a customer commits to the purchase of perimeter security products, there are usually questions they want to ask. Questions such as:

  • what type of perimeter fencing can be protected by detection equipment?
  • what if we want perimeter security but don't have a perimeter fence?
  • how can we protect gates within our perimeter fence? 
  • what limitations of outdoor temperatures can the electric fence cope with?
  • can you help us work out how to protect specific zones within our perimeter?
Our perimeter security FAQ page gives answers to some of the most common questions but we also encourage people to call us. We have a wealth of experience and expertise when it comes to perimeter security and because we manufacture what we supply we have a much greater depth of knowledge about system requirements, applications and the range of options that will suit your needs.

One thing we will always do is listen carefully to your questions, note your requirements and then we will quote for what we believe you actually need. That is not always what a customer says they want! In fact, there are times when what we suggest proves to be cheaper and simpler than what the customer anticipated, so it's a win-win situation!