Boom Gates – How Do They Work?

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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.

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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.