Boom Gates – How Do They Work?

Post by: admin - July 22, 2020
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With the rise of more commercial spaces and residential complexes, it has become increasingly important to address safety and security. With an increase in demand for secure access to vehicles, building entrances and car parks rely on boom gates.

What is a boom gate?


Known as boom barrier, a boom gate is a bar or pole pivoted to move up and down to block access of a pedestrian or vehicle through a checkpoint. Boom gates are also typically used to control passage on crossroads, lift bridges, and toll booths. On freeways, they are used to support traffic lights system by restricting entry in instances of road closure and road works.  Since these poles are typically used at entry gates, the term “boom gates” is also used.

How do boom gates work?


There are plenty of boom gate suppliers in Australia. Generally speaking, boom gates fall into two types: manual and automatic. Used to be hand-operated, but car parks, industrial and commercial sites, and heavy industrial operations have varied demands, thus the use of automatic gates.

The tip of the boom gate rises in a vertical direction and the boom is easily tipped because of its counterweight mechanism. Some gates also have second bars to increase approach visibility and some also feature pivoting half-way. Manual boom gates, like this boom gate, the simple locking mechanism system is designed to make work easier when raising and lowering the boom pole.

Automatic boom gates are the go-to types for smooth operations and compact control mechanism, reliable to keep up constant movement. As this type of boom gate does not generate heat, automatic boom gates are great options in commercial spaces, like in offices and shopping centres for increased security. The integration of mechanical and hardware components into a software for access control systems make automation more convenient.

To ease workload, automatic boom gates offer gate automation for opening and closing times. You can check this listing for quick automatic boom gate solutions.

With daily lives advancing, every business demands a safe work surrounding and every household a secure living community. Whether automatic or manual, if you need help choosing and installing, you can check different kinds of boom gates here, and directly enquire through our contact us page.

Touchless Technology Solution | Sanitation Control

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All Rotech vehicle and pedestrian access control products can be integrated with touchless or other technologies to provide fast, safe, secure access solutions.

HYGIENE IS PARAMOUNT – SANITATION CONTROL

Providing the highest quality product possible Is a top priority for one of Australia’s leading seafood companies.  Implementing quality assurance procedures to efficiently manage hygiene levels at their processing sites was pivotal to achieving this goal.

Rotech was able to assist them with hygiene control and monitoring access to the production area.

A ROTECH SMART SOLUTION IN ACTION

Tristar Turnstile integrated with spray unit - workers must disinfect their hands before being able to access the production area
Tristar Turnstile integrated with spray unit – workers must disinfect their hands before being able to access the production area

Managing entry and exit into production areas

Access to the production area is controlled by our TriStar Waist Height Turnstile which is integrated with the facility’s access control system. 

Workers scan their keycard at the turnstile recording their movement in and out of the production area while restricting access to anyone unauthorised to enter.

Ensuring a high level of hygiene was maintained 

All workers were required to pass through a sanitising area where they walk through an automated foot bath before disinfecting their hands at an alcohol disinfectant spray unit, which automatically sprays when they put their hands under it.

The TriStar turnstile was also integrated with this spray unit and until workers disinfected their hands, the turnstile would prevent their access to the production area.

Equipment needed to work consistently and reliably in a harsh and wet environment

The sanitising room undergoes a thorough cleaning every night to maintain hygiene. The TriStar turnstile, constructed of 316, food-grade, stainless steel and suitable for food processing and handling facilities. It’s IP65 rated enclosure made it completely waterproof and highly durable in this tough environment.

Whether it is a food manufacturing facility or a hospital – Rotech has been at the forefront of innovating new ways to create efficient access control solutions for virtually any situation. 

With the pandemic heightening our awareness of all the things we touch Rotech has the expertise and the products to provide touchless access control solutions for all types of situations. For more information about our touchless technology solutions call Alan on (07) 3205 1123 or email us

When busy mine operations intersect the local community

Post by: admin - February 5, 2020
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Since commencing operations in 2018 this central Queensland coal mine has been gearing up production and mining operations, now moving coal 24 hours a day with as many as three trucks per hour doing a round trip between the mine and the train loadout facility.

Impact of mine traffic on the township

The 75km round trip involves the haul trucks collecting coal at the mine site, travelling along the dirt access road, joining the main highway, passing through the local township, driving on to the rail loading facility then returning empty via the same route to the mine for the next load.

During peak times heavy-duty trucks leave and enter the public highway as often as every 15-20 minutes making the management of site access a high safety and security priority.


Infographic: Haul truck route between mining operations and loadout facility

Secure Coast Solutions customised access control system has it covered

Secure Coast Solutions designed an access control system with two key objectives in mind:

  1. to maximise the safety of the general public, and
  2. to maintain the efficiency of mining operations.

Considerations for protecting the public

  • The bi-directional dirt road that enters the mine site is restricted for use by haul trucks and mine employees.  Preventing unauthorised people driving down the mine access road is a priority. 
  • The mine operators had obtained special permits allowing passage via the highway and through school zones.  As the trucks run 24 hours a day, to minimise the impact on the local community, restrictions on the frequency of operations are in place depending on the time of day.

Considerations for maximising haul road traffic efficiency

  • If the trucks had to stop each time they enter and exit the mine sites this would have a significant impact on haulage efficiency – increasing travel time, fuel usage as well as wear and tear on the vehicles. 
  • For the haul trucks to be able to access mine areas without stopping they had to be able to open the boom gates automatically before approaching the control point and automatically close behind them.
  • Being dirt roads meant safety loop detectors weren’t suitable and if the road became muddy in the rain PE beams couldn’t be used either.
  • In addition to the haul trucks, access was required for maintenance and other mine personnel.
  • The location of the boom gates at the entrance to the loadout facility meant power was unavailable.
  • For safety and vehicle management mine operators wanted to be able to monitor the location of all trucks along the haulage route.  

Efficient Practical Solution in Action

  • Boom Gates were installed to prevent unauthorised vehicles from entering mine access roads.
  • To allow the haul trucks to pass unhindered through the boom gates they were fitted with long-range RFID tags.  When a truck is within 10-15 meters of the boom gate, long-range readers mounted on card reader stands, detect the tags on the bull bar of the haul truck and opens the boom gate.  
  • Radar safety devices hold the boom gate open as the trucks pass when the radar is clear the boom gate automatically lowers a few seconds later.
  • Rotech’s dual height card reader stands allow entry and exit for light and large vehicles not fitted with tags.
  • If a truck doesn’t reach its destination within an hour after leaving the mine site the boom gate control system sends an alarm to the control centre.  The mine control centre monitors the location of each truck and other traffic. Communications are achieved using 4G routers providing internet access over the mobile phone network.
  • Accommodating for varying traffic flows depending on the time of day and for weekends, the Bionik AG automatic boom gate’s multi-function digital controller made set up and programming of the access control system easy.
  • Six 120W solar panels were installed to provide power for the entire system.  Adding 720amp/hours of battery storage means the solar panels can provide enough power for 4-5 days allowing for overcast weather.
  • LED strip lighting on the boom gate arms and illuminated card reader posts provide increased visibility and safety during night works.

Why the Bionik AG Boom Gate was the best choice for the job
“This is a busy, intensive use situation requiring high levels of safety and reliable operation.  The Bionik AG boom gates are low in maintenance, fast to activate and are robust and reliable. 
LED lights illuminate the boom arms and the electronics are inside a well sealed enclosure protecting the components from coal dust.  
All equipment chosen is 100% duty cycle and high temperature rated so it can be used as often as needed. The Bionik AG Automatic Boom Gate featured everything needed to do the job.”
Stuart Bryant – Secure Coast Solutions

For more information about this or other safety and security combinations for your site call Alan Roberts on 07 3250 1123 or email info@rotech.com.au

Bionik AG Boom Gate in Action at Daintree River Crossing

Post by: admin - November 13, 2019
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David Attenborough called the Daintree the most extraordinary place on earth.

The Daintree River ferry crossing is the gateway to this ancient rainforest, featuring incredible wildlife and pristine landscapes that encompass two World Heritage Sites.

Tourists, Crocs and Automobiles……….

The ferry provides the only sealed road access to this area for both locals and visitors. Due to increasing visitor numbers, this point of access to the area has become a bottleneck in the peak tourist season. During this time there is often a long queue of cars waiting to cross the river.

A Unique Location Presents Unique Challenges

Daintree River Crossing statistics

After the major flooding earlier this year Douglas Shire Council crews have been working to improve the facilities and amenities heading into tourism season. Much of the focus has been to reduce congestion at the ferry crossing.

3 important objectives for the Council were to:

  • improve the efficiency of the ferry services, reducing queuing and wait times
  • improve the tourist experience while keeping people safe from crocodiles and traffic incidents during loading and unloading vehicles
  • minimise disaster recovery time after annual floods.

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Rotech’s Boom Gate Solution

The Douglas Shire Council have recently installed Rotech’s Bionik AG Automatic Boom Gates.

Designed for high-volume traffic control situations, these boom gates are ideal for locations without mains power and offers many advanced features providing smooth operation, instant reversing, superior safety sensing, tough 100% duty cycle and low power consumption.

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1. Facilitate more efficient traffic flow

Faster loading and unloading of vehicles and pedestrians is now safely managed by the ferry master without leaving his cabin.

  • Access to the ferry is controlled using four Bionik AG Automatic Boom Gates. Two gates are each positioned either side of the river.
  • The dual boom gates spanning the wide ferry boarding entrance remain in the closed position preventing vehicles and people entering the landing area.
  • After lowering the vehicle ramp the ferry master then opens the boom gates via a long-range radio transmitter. This provides faster and greater control over the movement of vehicles on and off the ferry.
  • Battery back-up allows the boom gate to continue to function for up to 300 operations ensuring vehicles can exit in the event of power failure.
  • Mechanically tough and durable construction prevents damage from vandalism. Machined steel gears, high-quality bearings, strong gearbox add a higher level of security and safety – the self-locking mechanism means the pole cannot be forced open.

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2. Creating a safer environment for pedestrians

With safety high on the Council’s agenda the Bionik AG Automatic Boom has all bases covered:

  • Highly visible Red LED flashing warning lights on top of the cabinet and along the length of the boom pole indicate the gates are about to close. 30 seconds after the warning lights are activated the boom gates come down.
  • The LED lights also make the boom gate highly visible at night clearly indicating where to stop, even on the darkest nights.
  • Gates are fitted with a fence below each boom pole as a safety precaution to restrict pedestrians from ducking underneath and walking down to the river’s edge or entering the landing and vehicle loading area.
  • A safety loop detector prevents the vehicle access gates from closing if there is any obstruction across the roadway.
  • Superior in-built safety sensing features and motor design enables instant reversing of the boom pole if any safety devices are activated or if the pole is obstructed.

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3. Providing flexibility in dealing with environmental conditions

The whole boom gate system is relocatable during flood season.

  • All the automatic boom gate equipment is mounted on specially designed portable frames, bolted together on-site, allowing the gates to be relocated when the river is in flood.
  • Relocatable solar panels power the boom gates. Able to provide 200 plus operations per day and 5 days standby with no sun, the solar panels bolted to a removable 4-metre post.
  • The boom gate’s waterproof rugged construction features a 3mm thick cabinet reinforced with 6mm steel bracing making it ideal for this harsh environment.

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Rotech are leaders in automated access control. Our boom gates are tough, reliable, cost-effective and easily configured for different locations. For more information about this or other safety and security combinations for your site call Alan Roberts at ROTECH on 07 3250 1123 or email info@rotech.com.au

Microwave Vs Infrared Activation Sensors – What’s the Difference?

Post by: admin - October 24, 2019
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When it comes to automatic door sensors, there are two primary options that you can choose from: microwave sensors and infrared sensors.   But what exactly is the difference between these two sensors? And which would make a better door sensor?

These two types of motion sensors are the most common ones you’ll find in commercial buildings, and it’s not hard to figure out why– both work efficiently at detecting moving people and objects, and immediately opening automatic doors.

To answer these questions, let us first break down how each one works.

The Infrared Sensor

The infrared sensor works by measuring the infrared light radiating from the objects in its field of view. All objects with a temperature above absolute zero emit heat energy in the form of radiation. This radiation cannot be seen by the human eye, but can be detected by electronic devices like the infrared sensor.

The infrared sensor conducts an analysis of a room or surrounding areas, and looks for a change in infrared energy. Should it detect a change, such as the presence of a moving person in the proximity, it will emit a pulse activating the automatic door sensors, which in turn prompts the doors to open.

Infrared sensors are also known as Passive Infrared Sensors. ‘Passive’ here refers to the fact that these sensors do not emit or generate energy for detection purposes; they work simply by detecting infrared radiation emitted or reflected from objects.

The Microwave Sensor

The microwave movement sensor works quite differently to the infrared sensor. It applies the Doppler effect in that it sends out microwave signals and measures the length of time it takes for these signals to bounce off of surrounding objects and return to it. This echo time is what it uses to calculate the distance of stationary objects around it. It first establishes a baseline room or area analysis to detect the current distance of all surrounding objects. When something comes into the detection area thereby interrupting the microwave signals and altering the echo time, it perceives this as a change in distance from the object and this sets off its trigger.

The microwave sensor works much like a RADAR or SONAR system, sending out signals to measure its distance from objects. But the microwave sensor can also detect motion through wood, plastic, glass and most other construction materials except metal. Metal acts as a shield, creating dead zones behind them. This can be both an advantage and disadvantage to the microwave sensor.

Now that we know what the difference is between the two, it’s time to answer the question: which is better? The answer however isn’t clear cut:

Comparison

  • Microwave sensors are highly sensitive and are able to detect motion even through thin walls. In this sense, they are more powerful than infrared sensors. But because of their sensitivity, they can easily get triggered erroneously or trigger false alarms. They sense movement in terms of speed and size, and so they can be triggered by things that normally shouldn’t trigger a sensor like trees blowing in the wind, moving drapery or movement beyond walls. Even fluorescent lighting, which emits detectable light particles, can activate the sensor and trigger it.

  • Infrared sensors on the other hand, are less prone to such false alarms. But since they detect movement through heat and light, their performance can be affected by the ambient temperature. Often their sensitivity is compromised when the ambient temperature reaches beyond 35℃. The opposite happens in very cold temperatures wherein they become extremely sensitive. Microwave sensors are more stable in this sense, operating properly even at temperatures as low as -20℃ and as high as 45℃.

  • Since infrared sensors detect movement through body heat – they are ideal for situations that require defined detection, such as in front of a doorway or down a walkway. But they must be installed in just the right position to provide effective coverage.

  • Microwave sensors are great for just about any environment. They can provide fine motion-sensing whether in high heat, a large indoor commercial area, or large outdoor area that may be awkwardly shaped. This makes them one of the most versatile of sensors.

  • Microwave sensors often have a longer lifespan than infrared sensors. They’re also one of the oldest and most relied on sensor technologies, but can be more expensive to run since they require more power.

  • Since microwave sensors work at intervals – meaning they first emit signals and then receive them- it’s possible that someone or something moving fast enough may not be detected.

So which sensor would be better for your automatic door? Generally, infrared sensors are more suitable for smaller, more compact entryways and well-controlled, indoor spaces, whereas microwave ones are good for large areas. But who says you need to choose anyway?

With Rotech’s selection of commercial automatic door sensors, you can get both infrared and microwave technology in one! We also have a great selection of microwave only and infrared only door sensors. Take a look at our product range today!

Mansfield State High School – Not Your Average Construction Site

Post by: admin - August 22, 2019
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With 2800 students currently enrolled and expectations for this to soar to 3,000 in 2020, Mansfield State High School has embarked on a significant expansion of its facilities to accommodate current and anticipated future growth.

Student safety during construction

Health & Safety is always a top priority during any construction project but never is this more important than during a build in an active school environment.

The new multipurpose hall being built on the school grounds presented a significant  safety challenge for the developers:

  • 2,800 students needing access to the sports field
  • many loads of materials and heavy machinery requiring access around the edge of the sports field to get to the construction site.

As a new build, the groundwork was a key aspect of the project and requires a lot of heavy machinery. Additionally, construction deliveries, are a frequent and unavoidable part of any construction project.  Eliminating risk isn’t easy.

Rotech was tasked by specialist access control company Que Access to provide a temporary safe crossing for students and teachers while facilitating Contractor access/exit requirements from the street to the construction site.

Boom gates pair up to manage traffic flow

An intelligent automatic boom gate system was installed by Que Access to manage vehicle and pedestrian access where they intersect.

Pedestrian Access

Pedestrian access was controlled by two Bionik AG Automatic Boom Gates fitted with a fence on each pole to prevent students from ducking underneath. Under normal circumstances, the pedestrian access boom poles remain open allowing students/teachers to move freely in and out of the sports field.

Vehicle Access

Vehicle access is also controlled by two Bionik AG Automatic Boom Gates which remain in the closed position until activation. Construction traffic travels along a temporary fenced roadway, on reaching the pedestrian access gates the driver pushes a button to gain entry through the intersection.

Automated Access Procedure

When construction vehicles reach the pedestrian access gates the driver pushes a button which initiates the following automated procedure:

  • Red LED lights flash on the pedestrian boom pole and a siren sounds a warning to pedestrians that the gates are about to close
  • 15 seconds later, if all students/teachers have cleared the intersection, the pedestrian access boom gates close
  • Safety PE beams prevent the vehicle access gates from opening and closing if there is any obstruction such as a person in the intersection.
  • Once pedestrian gates are fully closed the vehicle access boom gates automatically open allowing traffic to move through the intersection.
  • When pedestrians are clear of the pathway an electrical interlock sends a signal to the controller to close the vehicle access gate.
  • Once the intersection is empty and the vehicle access gate is fully closed the pedestrian access gate re-opens. 
  • The LED lights turn green indicating the intersection is safe for students/teachers to pass through.

The automatic boom gates were mounted on 20 mm thick steel base to keep them stable while allowing for relocation when required.

If you have a difficult access control situation where safety is a priority, we have the products and expertise to develop tailored solution, whether permanent or temporary.   Call Alan Roberts on 07 3250 1123 or email info@rotech.com.au


6 Benefits of Covering your Business Entry Points with Door Activation Sensors

Post by: admin - August 13, 2019
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Your front doors are the main entry points through which customers or clients enter your business premises. They’re one of the first things people see of your business and as such, should not only be efficient but present a positive image of your business. So how can you make your business entry points welcoming and impressive, and secure at the same time?

THE ANSWER: door activation sensors.

Door sensors give your business an impressive entry point through the efficient control of automatic doors, as well as keep your entry points secure. Through an active infrared sensor, microwave sensor or both, doors automatically open and close for customers or clients, and stay locked when it is no longer operating hours.

Such capabilities are certainly impressive, but these are by no means the only benefits of having an automatic sliding door – here are several others:

1. Easier entrance and exit monitoring

With door sensors as part of your overall business security system, you can better monitor the people coming in and out of your premises. Persons or objects need to be standing within a detection area around entry points in order to trigger sensors and consequently open doors. This guarantees a moment where people can be clearly seen coming in and out of a premises through entry point CCTV cameras.

2. Remote control

Many automatic door sensors have remote controls, which allow you to conveniently set sensor parameters remotely.

3. Energy savings

You might think that having automatic door sensors will only add to your energy costs, but they can actually help lessen them. Indoor heating and cooling systems usually consume the most energy within a building. Having constantly open doors can significantly increase the energy needed for these systems to maintain indoor temperatures.

By installing automatic door sensors, you limit the amount of time that doors remain open, thereby preserving indoor temperature and conserving the energy needed to maintain it.

Many door activation sensors are also very energy efficient in themselves, consuming very little energy to operate efficiently. Some can even distinguish between pedestrian or vehicular traffic and open doors or entryways only up to the size of the opening required, further increasing energy efficiency.

4. Easy entrance and exit for materials and supplies

If your business or facility often receives large deliveries of materials and supplies; or if your business needs to move goods in bulk regularly, door activation sensors are essential. These will allow easy entrance and exit of large, bulky items.

5. Easy entrance for people with disabilities

This is especially necessary for hospitals and other medical facilities where persons are wheeled in on wheelchairs and stretchers, or have disabilities and require assistance when going through doors. Door activation sensors make it so that these people don’t need to exert any effort to go through doors.

6. Lesser maintenance and assorted costs

Because doors or access points need not be touched when door activation sensors are present, damage to doors or sensors due to pedestrian use or direct contact is minimised or even eliminated. This means you spend less time and money on maintenance, and they last longer than most other types of entry systems.

With all these benefits, door activation sensors give you great value for money and are a definite must for every business premises. Make sure your business doesn’t miss out on these benefits– enquire about our range of commercial door activation sensors now by calling (07) 3205 1123.

Control Vehicle Access to your Waste Facility

Post by: admin - June 11, 2019
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Rotech are leaders in automated access control

Our boom gates are tough, reliable, cost-effective and easily configured for different locations

Customisable for all types of weighbridges

Can be controlled using push buttons, transmitters, tokens and access tags

Relocatable for temporary entry areas around the facility if required

Optional solar power available for areas without access to mains power

Automatic emergency opening of the boom gate triggered by fire alarm 

Reliable, efficient and cost-effective

High operational efficiency: 100% duty cycle, the revolutionary brushless motor is more efficient – allows up to 4000-5000 operations per day with economically ultra-low power consumption.

Lower maintenance costs: the brushless motor saves time and money in maintenance. The mechanical quality of the Bionik boom gates is exceptional.

Quality is unsurpassed: European manufactured using only the highest quality materials and components available has produced a product that is strong, robust and designed to last.


Site safety a priority

Rotech Bionik automatic boom gates include many safety features as standard:

Manual opening: easily opened using the release key which disengages the drive system without having to open the cabinet. No danger to personnel from contact with electrical equipment or drive mechanism. 

Increased control of safety sensing: means all aspects of safety can be accurately managed. The motor design enables instant reversing of the boom pole if any safety devices are activated or if the pole is obstructed.

Battery back-up: the boom gate will continue to function for up to 300 operations in the event of power failure allowing vehicles to still exit.

Essential safety features: strategically placed warning lights on the top of the cabinet are standard. Boom pole lights, loop detectors and safety beams options are also available ensuring vehicles and pedestrians alike are protected.


Security features

Prevent tailgaters creeping through behind other vehicles: intelligent control panel software prevents a second vehicle tailgating by instantly lowering the pole to half-way. The gate will not open until the second vehicle has been allowed access or presented an access card.

Mechanically tough and durable construction prevents damage from vandalism: featuring machined steel gears, high quality bearings, strong gearbox and a self-locking mechanism means the pole cannot be forced open.


For a Wide Entrance

Bionik AG 3 to 8 Metre Boom Gate for Harsh Industrial Conditions

  • Rugged construction
  • 3 mm thick cabinet reinforced with 6 mm steel bracing
  • Heavy duty springs
  • Strengthened pole support operates in 90 Km/h winds
  • Up to 5,000 operations per day
  • Brushless DC motor with multifunction digital controller for precise control


Short on Space

Bionik BK Compact Boom Gate designed for Commercial and Industrial Sites with limited space

  • Cost effective solution for sites with tight spaces
  • Compact design
  • Tough 100% duty cycle
  • Up to 5000 operations per day
  • Fast opening speed
  • Instant reversing
  • Superior safety sensing.

More information about our other boom gate products.

Want to know more about how Rotech products can help you manage vehicle access to your waste facility? 
Call Alan Roberts on (07) 3205 1123 or email info@rotech.com.au.

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Installing Turnstiles and Flap Barriers

Post by: admin - June 5, 2019
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Thinking about installing turnstiles or flap barriers in your building? If you are, good on you as you’re taking the first step to creating more secure premises. Turnstiles and flap barriers do much more than just act as your building’s gateway or door. They provide several benefits that make them very valuable and worthwhile additions to any venue.

What Are Turnstiles and Flap Barriers?

Turnstiles and flap barriers are automated systems made up of sensors, barriers and access control systems that allow or prohibit entry or exit. They come in a number of different materials. designs and sizes to suit different needs, venues and applications.

Flap barriers have two flaps on either side that serve as physical barriers, limiting pedestrian access into a venue.

Turnstiles can be optical, which use infrared sensors to detect approaching people, and can operate with or without barriers. They can also be full height or waist high. Full height turnstiles have durable rotating barriers that extend from the ceiling to the floor much like revolving doors and provide enhanced security. Waist high turnstiles, on the other hand, have a tripod barrier arm that rotates at waist level.

Why Install Turnstiles and Flap Barriers?

You might think that having automated doors with access controls on your premises is a good enough security measure, but turnstiles and flap barriers turn this up a notch and offer so much more:

1. Increased Security and Control

While automatic doors with access controls offer some security, they’re often prone to ‘tailgating’, wherein intruders or unauthorised persons follow immediately after those with authorised access when they enter or exit premises. This compromises the area’s security, and also makes it difficult to track the exact number and identities of those coming in and out of a supposedly secure area.

With turnstiles or flap barriers, such instances can be eliminated. They allow for only one person to pass at a time, with the necessary valid credentials. After letting an authorised person pass, barriers close immediately. And some models can even detect tailgating, loitering or forced passage and trigger an alarm.

Letting just one person pass at a time gives security personnel time to inspect any suspicious characters, spot potential trouble and intervene if necessary. This also works well for crowd control. With automatic doors you could have any number of people passing through without valid access any time the doors open. With turnstiles and flap barriers however, only one person at a time may pass, effectively controlling large numbers of people entering such venues as stadiums, amusement parks and sports venues.

2. Full Access Control Integration

Turnstile entry systems can be fully integrated with a building’s access control and security system. Working in conjunction with CCTV cameras, automatic doors and other security equipment, turnstiles and flap barriers can effectively secure premises. If an intruder or unauthorised person is detected at the turnstile, an alarm can quickly be triggered, doors locked down and cameras turned on to detain the threat. With the integrated access control system, you’ll also be able to collect information such as the specific identities, and time and location of every person coming and going through exit and entrance points.

3. Time and Cost Savings

With these systems in place there is a lesser need for security or front desk personnel to check and verify identification. Authorised persons can simply present their ID cards or biometrics and gain access. This saves you from having to pay personnel to constantly man exit and entrance points, and also saves time by streamlining the exit and entrance of persons.

4. Operational Flexibility

Turnstiles and flap barriers have plenty of options to suit your specific operational needs. You can set them to operate in one direction or bi-directionally. Setting them for entry only works in cases such as in early morning hours when employees are coming into a building. You can then switch them to exit only at night. They can also be locked down when your facility is closed, or in free pass mode, which lets people pass freely without authorisation in the event of an emergency.

5. Additional Features

Turnstiles and flap barriers can be used to count admissions and procure pertinent information such as the number of people currently in the area, peak traffic hours, and whether or not there are still people remaining in the area. This is particularly useful for venues such as amusement parks and sports venues.

Another common use of turnstiles and flap barriers is enforcing payment at venues, where people cannot get in unless they have a paid ticket or access key. This is another very useful feature for amusement parks, sports venues and public transportation terminals.

To learn more about how turnstiles and flap barriers can benefit your business, or inquire about the best access control systems for your needs, get in touch with Rotech today on (07) 3205 1123.

Want More Reach from your LX Transmitter?

Post by: admin - May 30, 2019
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Australia’s vast distances and many locations where there is a lot of radio interference presents a challenge for long range transmitters. 

LX Long Range Wireless, Open Air, Waterproof, Wall Mount Transmitters and Receivers

Frequently used by large property owners, quarries and mines, plant operators, commercial businesses and industrial organisations.  The LX transmitters and receivers are often used for safety, security and access control applications such as:

  • Controling gates, garage and industrial door entry systems
  • Arm and disarm alarm systems
  • Switch on/off all types of electrical equipment including lights, generators, water pumps, industrial fans and other machinery
  • As a door release button or under counter panic button.

Rotech’s wireless, waterproof, wall mount, long range transmitters produce a strong signal able to break through radio traffic that would typically swamp a signal from conventional transmitters.

Designed for fixing to a wall or post the WMTX Wireless Long Range Wall Mount Transmitter is powered by a 3V long-life lithium battery and is good for 60,000 activations – no wiring necessary.  The weatherproof housing means the transmitter can be mounted externally.

The 1 channel receiver can handle up to 80 transmitters and the 4 channel can handle 256.  Each transmitter has 1,2,4 or 6 individually programmable buttons.

Get another 800m on top of the standard 500m line of sight with the RPLX Wireless Repeater Unit.

Teamed up with a long range wireless repeater unit, which effectively boosts signals around large areas, the range of our waterproof LX transmitters can be extended from 500 metes up to1.3 kilometres line of sight.

Rotech’s transmitter and/or repeater unit provide the perfect solution for domestic, commercial and industrial environments where distance or interference is an issue.

More information about our LX Long Range Wireless Transmitters and Receivers

Access Control Systems Ensure West Gate Tunnel Workers’ Safety

Post by: admin - October 30, 2018
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The Monash Freeway upgrade, access improvements for Webb Doc and the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel are city-shaping projects that will provide quicker and safer journeys for Melbourne commuters.

West Gate Tunnel – 5 Years in the Making

Providing an alternative to the West Gate Bridge the West Gate Tunnel will be a much needed second river crossing.

Two state-of-the-art boring machines building the twin tunnels started their journey at the northern portal on Whitehall Street, Footscray and are moving south-west towards the southern portals in the West Gate Freeway.

Behind the boring machines, a mobile factory installs a concrete lining, forming the walls, roof and base of the tunnel. Followed by crews of up to 20 people who build the road surface and install electrics, ventilation and safety system.

For more information about the West Gate Tunnel Project visit the West Gate Tunnel webpage

Managing the Workforce 

With over 3,000 people currently working on the project keeping track of, managing and protecting every person on site is a mammoth undertaking.

Underground excavation and tunnelling is a high risk, hazardous activity. As such mining operators are responsible for ensuring strict compliance with Occupational Health and Safety regulations to protect workers from injury or death.

Controlling access to high risk or restricted areas and managing the movement of the site-based workforce, contractors and visitors is crucial to the prevention and minimisation of risks to the health and safety of both employees and the public.

A leader in workforce management software as a service, Damstra Technology is providing essential systems for mining operators and other project construction contractors to monitor, manage, keep track and protect their employees.

Australian-made turnstiles – on the job

Requiring reliable, high-performance physical entry and exit barriers that could be teamed with their sophisticated site and access control technology Damstra chose Rotech.

Eight F21 full height turnstiles have been delivered to various tunnel project locations. Their role is to secure perimeters, prevent unauthorised entry and control access to high danger zones.

Rotech’s Australian made TriStar F21 full height turnstiles work seamlessly with the Damstra’s hi-tech workforce management and access control software.  Performing a vital role in creating a safe and secure operating environment for all personnel the turnstiles allow:

  • Employee swipe cards record arrival and departure times for calculating wages
  • The access control system records and monitors who is on site and their location. Critical information in an emergency where site management and safety crews need to know the location and how many personnel on site
  • Limits access to one person at a time – there’s no tailgating of an unauthorised person following an authorised one
  • A bi-directional turnstile means the TriStar can be set to entrance only, exit only or used in both directions
  • High, wide entrance allows easy entry for personnel wearing hard hats and carrying tools.

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Why Rotech’s TriStar F21 Full Height Turnstile?

The TriStar is the first Australian-made product of its type, created to provide customers with a safe and secure method of access control with multiple optional features and customisation options:

  • Ideal for construction sites, a portable base and solar power options allow it to be used in remote locations or situations without access to mains power
  • A high-capacity drive mechanism with a 5 year warranty
  • Strong galvanised frame and rotor preventing forced entry
  • The turnstile roof design prevents unauthorised and unseen entry at unattended exits
  • Status indication system provides the ability to see whether the turnstile secure i.e. the entry/exit is closed or freewheeling
  • On power failure, the built-in relay automatically initiates the battery back system and sets off a warning siren. This means in situations where power is down the turnstile can continue to function normally for up to 3000 cycles without mains power.

Make an enquiry

If you would like further information about this or other safety and security combinations for your premises call us on 07 3250 1123 or email info@rotech.com.au

Next Generation AG and BK Automatic Boom Gates

Post by: admin - September 20, 2018
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Rotech’s Sentinel AG Boom Gates were the first automatic boom gates to feature a revolutionary brushless motor and state-of-the-art digital control unit.

The recently introduced Sentinel BK series provided a price competitive compact version of the highly successful AG.  Its small footprint making it perfect for sites where space is limited.

Now, we are excited to be able to give you advanced notice of further enhancements in the pipeline:

Remote access interface: The AG and BK series is being updated to include an interface that will enable installers to connect with the boom gate digital control unit using a mobile or tablet via its dedicated website.

This web interface will allow installers to access all functions and parameters of the control panel including; gate speed, damping, flashing lights, attending to firmware updates etc, making set-up and maintenance of the gate much faster and simpler.

Able to withstand 90 km per hour winds: An increased strength of the pole mounting will provide boom gate with the ability to reliably function in extreme weather conditions.

New 8 metre boom gate: Providing you with even more choices we will be introducing an 8m boom gate option which will be 100% duty cycle and include 90k/hr wind feature.

Fast 1 sec opening for a 3 metre pole: We will be offering a version of the Sentinel BK which will be able to open a 3 metre boom pole in one second.

We anticipate these new functions and features will be rolled out between November and early 2019.

For more information about these new product features and estimated availability call us on (07) 3205 1123 or email info@rotech.com.au.

New Sentinel BG30 Series Industrial Sliding Gate Operators

Post by: admin - September 6, 2018
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Designed for super intensive use

BG1804 opens a 1800 kg gate at 18 m/min for up to 800 operations per day

BG2204 opens a 2200 kg gate at 10 m/min for up to 100 operations per day

Whatever your site’s requirements the Sentinel BG30 Series has an operator to suit with advanced technology that offers maximum performance and lower power consumption than other motors.

A few of the Sentinel BG30 Series many features include:

Easy to program, wide range of inputs: the multifunction digital display with 6 function keys offers a wide range of inputs for management and connection of all accessories and safety devices, making it easy to change parameters, check error messages and input status.

Sentinel BG30 Series Sliding Gate Operators

Superior safety sensing: the highly sensitive digital encoder delivers accurate control of speed and end stop positions. The motor design allows instant reversing of the gate if an obstacle is detected.

Mechanically tough, strong and robust: manufactured using titanium alloy the BG30’s high strength body easily tolerates the forces created by heavy high duty cycle gates. Precision engineered, high-quality steel worm shaft, bronze gears with double-shielded ball bearings guarantee durability and reliability.

Battery back-up and solar power options: battery back up is available for situations where mains power is unreliable as well as giving peace of mind during storms or other power failure situations.  For locations where power is not available at all BG30 is configured to operate on solar power without any modifications to the controls.

 

Have a query about how this product can be used to suit your situation call Alan Roberts on (07) 3205 1123 or email info@rotech.com.au.

SAFEPASS Sensors “Waving” Good-bye to Contamination

Post by: admin - August 2, 2018
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Wave but Don’t Touch!    Eliminate cross-contamination and reduce the spread of bacteria, diseases and infections.   Advanced “touchless” door activation sensors are an effective solution to safeguarding facilities, employees, customers and patients against unhygienic practices. 

Rotech’s SAFEPASS ClearWave and J-Wave touchless door activation sensors incorporate the latest microwave and infrared technologies into a sleek slim line design that makes mounting a breeze.

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SAFEPASS ClearWave Door Activation Sensor
hygienic, touchless, microwave technology, flush mounted, sleek design, water resistant, versatile 

This non-touch door activation switch is used to maintain sterile environments and features an adjustable touchless range from 5-40 cm.

Designed for installations where hygiene is paramount such as hospitals, operating theatres, pharmaceutical facilities, clean rooms, food processing plants and chemical industry applications.

SAFEPASS J-Wave Door Activation Sensor
germ-free, touchless, active infrared technology, jamb style mounting, tough polycarbonate  

A non-touch door activation switch with a detection distance of up to 30 cm.  Its low profile design facilitates a tidy installation on narrow door frames or guide rails.

Able to detect very fast hand movements in front of the switch body and is illuminated by an LED so it is easily located in dimly lit environments. Designed to reduce the spread of germs and improve accessibility in hospitals, healthcare, industrial, retail and commercial settings.

 Use SafePass Sensors with confidence

    • Minimise return site visits – Fast reaction times, consistent, reliable sensor performance in a wide range of installation and climatic environments.
    • Reduce Building Energy Loss – Accurately adjustable detection area reduces false door activation cutting building energy losses by as much as 15%.
    • Certification – All SafePass Sensors are TUV certified to DIN18650 Standards.
    • Designed for Easy Install – Installation instructions are clearly printed on the sensor body.
    • Simple dip switch settings, standard connections across all products, enables commissioning in a matter of minutes.
    • Warranty – All active infrared sensors are backed by a 5 Year manufacturing warranty.
    • Manufactured in Japan since 1968 – globally recognised as a market leader in the design and manufacture of sensors.

Our range of microwave and infrared advanced technology door activation sensors has all your business entry points covered.  Call us to find out which one will best suit your needs.

What are Boom Gates doing in the Desert?

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Despite the odd appearance of a boom gate seemingly in the middle of nowhere, this barrier plays a vital role in protecting the lives of workers accessing a remote mine site in central Queensland.

Queensland’s Bowen Basin has the largest coal reserves in Australia. The 37 open cut mines account for more than 85% of saleable coal production and employ over 28,000 workers.

Requiring a large workforce and oversized heavy machinery, excavating in harsh remote locations makes mining a high-risk activity and presents a wide range of potential dangers.

However, the most common form of fatal hazard is vehicle interactions.  In the period 2001 to 2017 mobile equipment and light vehicle accidents accounted for almost half (46%) of fatalities in coal mines – 21% of incidents occurred at an intersection and a further 22% occurred on a haul road.

Trucks the size of a small apartment vs light vehicles 

The operators of a major open cut mine in the Bowen Basin, employing over 900 workers and contractors, had a situation where a newly constructed light vehicle access road needed to cross a busy haul road.

Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulations require “a coal mine’s safety and health management system to provide  for safe access to, and egress from, fixed and mobile plant used at the mine, including each part of the plant that is routinely accessed.”

This mine runs 40 x 250 tonne dump trucks 7 days a week along wide haulage roads, constantly moving mine waste and coal to and from the coal handling and train loadout facilities.

The location of the new entrance road meant that light vehicles must cross the area where the haul roads are in order to get into the mine site.  A dangerous situation, even for trained safety conscious mine workers, the mine operators wanted a barrier which would prevent public and unauthorised people getting into this area but allow approved personnel access.

The challenges

  • The location of the boom gate, 5 kilometres away from the plant, meant there was no mains power or access control communication available.
  • The movement of vehicles entering and exiting the mine site had to be strictly controlled allowing only authorised people to enter.
  • The boom gates had to be relocatable so they could be moved as the mine’s road infrastructure changes.

Safety high on the agenda

Secure Coast Solutions installed Rotech’s Sector 12vdc Automatic Boom Gate with Solar Power.  This boom gate is designed for high-volume traffic control environments, particularly in situations where it is difficult to get mains power.

  • The boom gate’s ability to operate on 12 volt DC meant it could be powered using the same solar panels and batteries as the Wi-Fi access control system.
  • The batteries also power the lights which illuminate the gate and card readers at night making the entrance clearly visible in the dark.
  • The Sector provides additional safety and security with large battery back-up installed allowing the boom gate to operate for up to 5-7 days in periods
    where there is no sun.
  • Rotech’s dual height card reader stands house the access control system which wirelessly links to the mine’s administration permitting site entry to
    authorised personnel.
  • All equipment was mounted on a purpose-built steel base enabling the boom gate, stands and solar system to be easily relocated.

Why Rotech Products

Stuart from Secure Coast Solutions said he chose Rotech’s Sector Boom Gate because “the Sector was the right fit for the project as the WiFi and access control system also ran on 12vdc it meant that everything was compatible and made it more economical when running on solar power.“

Stuart also said the thing he liked about the Sector was “even with a 6 metre pole the Sector boom gate still has a fast opening speed and the customer loves it.”

Since the installation, the system is working well – helping the mining company keep its employees and visitors from harm and preventing accidental or unauthorised entry into a very hazardous area.

If you would like further information about this or other safety and security combinations for your premises call Alan Roberts on 07 3250 1123 or email info@rotech.com.au