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  • Is Your Barrier Arm Operator This Smart?

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    To meet the needs of high traffic parking demands, Automated Gate Services offers an ultra reliable / low maintenance option, the StrongArmPark DC.

    • With over 1000 cycles after AC power loss
    • Exremley low maintenance
    • Easy to configure
    • Intelligent charging system
    • Sensitive auto rebound

    StrongArmPark DC is HySecurityÕs innovative parking and revenue control operator. It meets the high cycle, high reliability demands of the parking industry. With UPS battery backup, StrongArmPark DC continues to operate for thousand plus cycles after an AC power loss providing uninterrupted traffic control over high-capacity corporate parking lots, high-rise and underground garages, gated communities, rental car facilities and is easily partnered with revenue control systems.

    For more information contact sales@automatedgate.com or call Steve Johnson (888) 428-3711.

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  • Rancho Cielo HOA

    Project: Rancho Cielo HOA
    Location: Rancho Santa Margarita
    Customer: P.R. Construction
    Project status: Completed
    Scope of work: (4) Elite CSW24V swing gate operators, vehicle safety loops, (2) Liftmaster BG770 barrier gate operators, Proximity Reader and Sirit Transponder System.

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  • Municipal Service Center Expansion Project

    Project: Municipal Service Center Expansion Project
    Location: Newbury Park
    Customer: Alcorn Fence
    Project status: Completed
    Scope of work: (4) Elite SL-3000 1 Hp slide gate operators, vehicle safety loops, (6) HID Proximity Readers, (8) Gooseneck Stands, (2) Outside Intercom Stations and (4) Miller Safety Edges

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  • CSW24V High-Cycle Commercial DC Swing Gate Operator

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    The LiftMaster¨ Elite Series¨ model CSW24V is engineered for a million cycles in high-cycle, heavy-duty applications. A Battery Backup System provides uninterrupted access when the power is out, and Security+ 2.0ª technology virtually eliminates radio interference. It also features integrated MyQ¨ technology and the industry’s only standard wireless dual gate communication system. The CSW24V is rated for gates 18 ft. long or 1,200 lbs.

    Battery Backup System provides uninterrupted access when the power is out
    Provides up to 7 days or 100 cycles on battery backup. Also powers safety and ancillary devices.

    Provides 2x the range of standard remote controls
    Our patented Security+ 2.0ª Technology provides two times the range of standard remote controls and virtually eliminates radio interference. An on-board radio receiver is included with the CSW24V. It holds up to 50 remotes and is compatible with HomeLink¨ version 4 and higher.
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    Wireless dual gate communication prevents driveway scars and expensive wiring
    The on-board radio receiver provides a single remote control solution for gates and additional access points. It also features the industry’s only standard wireless dual gate communication system that saves installation time and cost and eliminates unsightly scars from cutting driveways to run conduit for primary/secondary communication wiring.
    Standard Features

    • Power Management System
    • Supplies power when needed to operate the gate and conserves power when not in use
    • Provides exceptional standby time and cycles on battery backup
    • 7 days of standby time or 100 cycles on battery backup
    • Fire department compliant: selectable settings allow gate to auto-open upon loss of AC power or battery depletion
    • Advanced traffic management control includes Quick-close and Anti-tailgating functions
    • Bi-part delay: choose from Standard Operation or Synchronized Close
    • Simple-to-set electronic limit system maintains accurate gate position throughout gate travel
    • High-density, UV-resistant polycarbonate two-piece cover for excellent heat and corrosion resistance
    • Programmable auxiliary relays
    • Plug-in loop detectors
    • External obstruction sensing; complies with UL325 safety codes
    • 5-year commercial warranty; 7-year residential warranty

    Specifications:

    • 24VDC continuous-duty motor with soft start/stop
    • Operator duty rating: continuous
    • Power: 110V or 220V Single Phase
    • Surge/spike protection
    • Gate travel speed: 90-degree opening in 13-15 seconds
    • Constructed with 1/4″ gold zinc-plated steel for rust prevention
    • Weight: 206 lbs.

    Optional Features:

    • Photo eyes and reversing edges
    • Plug-in loop detectors
    • Solar package
    • 33AH battery

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  • CSL24V High-Cycle Commercial Slide Gate Operator with Battery Backup

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    The LiftMaster¨ Elite Series¨ model CSL24V is engineered for a million cycles in high-cycle, heavy-duty applications. A Battery Backup System provides uninterrupted access when the power is out, and Security+ 2.0ª technology virtually eliminates radio interference. It also features integrated MyQ¨ technology and the industry’s only standard wireless dual gate communication system. The CSL24V is rated for gates 50 ft. long or 1,500 lbs.

    Battery Backup System provides uninterrupted access when the power is out
    Provides up to 7 days or 100 cycles on battery backup. Also powers safety and ancillary devices.

    Security+ 2.0™ Technology

    Our patented Security+ 2.0™ Technology provides two times the range of standard remote controls and virtually eliminates radio interference. An on-board radio receiver is included with the CSL24V. It holds up to 50 remotes and is compatible with HomeLink¨ version 4 and higher.
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    Wireless dual gate communication prevents driveway scars and expensive wiring

    The on-board radio receiver provides a single remote control solution for gates and additional access points. It also features the industry’s only standard wireless dual gate communication system that saves installation time and cost and eliminates unsightly scars from cutting driveways to run conduit for primary/secondary communication wiring.

    Standard Features

    • Power Management System
    • Supplies power when needed to operate the gate and conserves power when not in use
    • Provides exceptional standby time and cycles on battery backup
    • 7 days of standby time or 100 cycles on battery backup
    • Fire department compliant: selectable settings allow gate to auto-open upon loss of AC power or battery depletion
    • Advanced traffic management control includes Quick-close and Anti-tailgating functions
    • Bi-part delay: choose from Standard Operation or Synchronized Close
    • Simple-to-set electronic limit system maintains accurate gate position throughout gate travel
    • High-density, UV-resistant polycarbonate two-piece cover for excellent heat and corrosion resistance
    • Programmable auxiliary relays
    • Plug-in loop detectors
    • External obstruction sensing; complies with UL325 safety codes
    • 5-year commercial warranty; 7-year residential warranty

    Specifications:

    • 24VDC continuous-duty motor with soft start/stop
    • Operator duty rating: continuous
    • Power: 110V or 220V Single Phase
    • Surge/spike protection
    • Gate travel speed: 90-degree opening in 13-15 seconds
    • Constructed with 1/4″ gold zinc-plated steel for rust prevention
    • Weight: 206 lbs.

    Optional Features:

    • Photo eyes and reversing edges
    • Plug-in loop detectors
    • Solar package
    • 33AH battery

    Click here to view the Solar Gate Access System Daily Cycle Chart for the CSL24V.

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  • Dwelling Live

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    Manage all your community systems, anytime, anywhere.

    Most Advanced Visitor Management and Access Control Solutions

    Automated Gate Services is a Certified Dealer of dwellingLIVE

    dwellingLIVE is a fully unified web-based platform that allows you to mix-n-match the perfect community technology solution. Choose what you need, when you need, because all dwellingLIVE modules integrate!

    • Credentialed Access
    • Visitor Management
    • Telephone Entry Systems
    • License Plate Recognition
    • Community Websites
    • Mobile Patrol
    • Front Desk Concierge

    If you have any questions or would like to contact a sales representative please call Steve Johnson (888) 428-3711

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  • Century City Condos

    Century City is the condominium development everyone is talking about. This building is unprecedented luxury, even by Los Angeles standards. To secure this extraordinary building Automated Gate Services installed a Doorking 1601 barrier gate operator located at the guard station with a 3-button control station. Beyond the barrier gate follows a set of bi-parting swing gates powered by Elite CSW-200 1-Hp Swing Gate Operators with customized uphill arms.

    Project: Century City Condos
    Location: Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles, Ca
    Project status: Completed
    Scope of work: Installed (2) CSW-200 1 Hp Swing Gate Operators with uphill arms, vehicle safety devices, gear box heaters, Doorking 1601 Barrier Gate Operator and 3-Button Control Station

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  • IDFlex Product Support & Transition

    sirit-1The Sirit IDFlex RFID reader systems have been a long time flagship of Sirit’s automatic vehicle identification product line however several of the RFID reader’s main components are no longer made by their original manufacturers and are becoming scarce in the component sourcing market. As a result Sirit will be discontinuing the IDFlex reader product line by the end of 2012. Sirit will continue to support the IDFlex reader products that are under warranty and, while component supplies last, we will do our best to support out of warranty product installed and deployed in the field. It is important to note that Sirit will continue to offer and support IDFlex transponders into the foreseeable future.

    Sirit has prepared a transition plan for moving from the IDFlex to the new flagship RFID reader platform, the ID4100. We have developed a model of ID4100, the ID4100-FLEX, that will replace the IDFlex reader platform and will offer increased benefits and functionality. This new reader is FCC Part 90 licensed, like the IDFlex, and will support all existing IDFLEX-TAG4 and IDFLEX-TAG4BOR windshield mount transponders however it will not support existing IDFLEX-TAG4LP license plate mount transponders. Those transponders will need to be replaced with a transponder that is compatible with the new reader platform.
    Benefits of Upgrading from IDFlex to ID4100

    • Lower cost to upgrade – No need to replace all existing transponders.
    • Future Product Support – The ID4100 platform will be available and supported well into the future.
    • Save on Future Costs – Access to more economical transponder formats.
    • New Tag Formats – Access to many exciting transponder form factors.
    • Connectivity Options – ID4100 can be connected to a local or wide area network (LAN, WAN), Internet.
    • Future Enhancements – Software upgrade/update support can be done in the field without the reader needing to be returned to the factory.
    • Unique Application Support – Custom Software Available
    • Performance – Equal or better RF performance at the same regulatory parameters (FCC Part 90)

    To learn more please download Sirit’s official product support bulletin.
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  • Managing the Forces of Nature with Imagination and Technology

    Featured in World Fence News – September Issue 2012
    p1-1 Eighty miles northeast of San Diego, Calif., NRG Solar is developing the 26 megawatt (MW) Borrego Solar Project. Cost-competitive, renewable power generated by the facility will be sold to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). At full capacity, the project will generate enough power to meet the energy demands of approximately 20,800 homes.

    This is the seventh solar contract SDG&E has signed, boosting its renewable portfolio by more than 300 megawatts. (State regulations require California’s utilities to buy 20 percent of their power from renewable sources, such as wind turbines and solar panels. By 2020, that proportion must rise to 30 percent.)

    The Borrego Springs electrical substation was not capable of handling the increase in power generation from the solar farm, and required a significant expansion to upgrade its capacity.

    Complicating this upgrade was the fact that the substation is located in a 100 year alluvial flood plain that is expected to receive a water flow of up to 12 inches at least once every century. New construction requirements demanded that the perimeter fence itself meet certain water flow criteria.

    The threat of a destructive slurry of water, mud, and debris flowing through the substation required that all equipment and electrical components be elevated several feet above grade. (Issues such as cost and a lengthy permitting process prohibited the relocation of the entire substation.)

    The design plan called for a ten foot-high perimeter fencing system with automated lower panels to allow water and debris to pass under.

    Besides keeping trespassers out, the fence prevents people from getting too close to the facilities, as parts of the substation are so highly electrified that a person can receive a lethal 69,000 volt shock from six feet away.

    Alcorn Fence Co., a major fence contractor in business since 1942, was asked to submit a design and build plan for the substation expansion perimeter fence. Alcorn Fence consulted with longtime partner Steve Johnson from Automated Gate Services (AGS) in Corona, Calif. to help with the automation design.

    “We’ve worked with AGS on numerous high profile projects that have required gate automation and they’ve always provided an excellent finished product,” said Nick Dobson, Orange, Calif. branch manager for Alcorn.

    AGS was contracted to design and install the automation system. Johnson reached out to another business partner, Controlled Products Systems Group (CPSG), a major wholesale distributor of perimeter access control equipment, for help in identifying the necessary components.

    Dobson stressed that reliability of the system was of absolute importance.

    p1-2 “We needed a fencing system that would be secure under normal conditions, and then automatically move upon the presence of water flow,” stated Dobson. Together, Dobson, Johnson and CPSG president Brian Huitt considered several very different designs, eventually choosing what they determined to be the most reliable and simplest system.
    Testing proved out a reliable and durable design where the bottom 24 inches of each fence panel was hinged horizontally to allow it to swing up and out of the way of the water and debris flow.
    The team then went to work to assemble the automation equipment list.

    A primary component chosen for the system was a linear actuator gate operator, the Model 1500, manufactured by Apollo Gate Operators, Inc., a national manufacturer headquartered in San Antonio, Tex.

    This unit is strong, weatherproof, and has a history of reliability in the field.

    “It is also very well sealed for long life in a hostile desert environment, and is virtually impervious to sand, dirt and other debris,” added Huitt. “Another benefit of the Apollo operator is the internal battery backup. The system’s DC power backup, combined with the substation’s own batbattery backup, makes for a very redundant safety system in the event of a power outage.”

    The final design consisted of 33 fence panels, 10 feet high by 15 feet wide, with the bottom two feet hinged on top with bearing hinges from Phoenix, Ariz.-based Guardian Gate Hardware, automated with the Apollo 1500 linear actuators.

    p1-3The next challenge was automating the entire system to respond to rising flood waters without the need for human intervention. A guard control station was constructed by Controlled Products that incorporates a programmable logic controller (PLC).

    The PLC interfaces two water sensors, 33 gates, a test button, a keyed reset, and gate status lamps. The PLC also provides gate status outputs that are integrated for off-site status reports and alarm monitoring equipment.

    “Programming the PLC is the magic that makes all of this happen,” said Huitt. “With over 90 employees, a vast majority having field and manufacture experience, we have a lot of talent to draw from. Dave Conway, in our Denver location, handled the coding and programming of the PLC.”

    The system operates as follows: When water comes in contact with either of two water flow sensors, a signal is sent to the PLC in the guard control center. The PLC then directs an “open” command to each of the Apollo operator’s control systems.

    The PLC also communicates with off-site monitors, alerting officials that the gates are open.

    An individual can then visually inspect that the flood waters and debris are clear from the gates and close all of them simultaneously with a single keyed reset wired to the PLC.

    “I’ve programmed several more complex PLCs, but never one as unique as this application,” commented Conway.

    Alcorn Fence and Automated Gate Services completed the substation’s perimeter fencing system after six months of working in the dry, sunbaked desert.

    With two water sensors located in the flood plain, at 100 feet and 250 feet out from the substation, the automated system was ready to manage the forces of nature.

    And on July 25, 2012 the designed operation was put to the test! Monsoon rains came down at a rate of five inches in one hour. The lowest placed sensor was triggered by approximately 12 inches of flood depth water and all 33 gates reacted instantly.

    “The system worked perfectly and performed precisely to San Diego Gas & Electric’s expectations,” Huitt reported.

    Here is contact information for the major players in the Borrego Solar Project fence system:

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  • Motion Computing R12

    Designed to empower the worker who moves from the field to the vehicle to the office, the R12ª Platform includes a sleek and lightweight FHD 12.5Ó rugged tablet along with a wide array of thoughtfully designed accessories. All products in the R12 Platform were created by Motion to seamlessly and beautifully work together for incomparable efficiency and unbeatable productivity in public safety, construction and field service.

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