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Vehicle Barrier Gates


A vehicle barrier gate is virtually a requirement in today's security-conscious world. In general, any property or premises where you must control vehicle access (or even foot traffic) can greatly benefit from implementing vehicle gates.


Where are Vehicle Barrier Gates used?


Whether it's a military installation, embassy, airport, toll road, parking lot, bridge, or the exit and entrance control of a private or industrial site, Protogetic has the largest selection of high security products. Using our advanced filter, security design professionals can instantly find the right gates, fences, drop arm barriers and road blockers that address their project’s specific requirements.


What types of Vehicle Barrier Gates are there?


Sliding Gates - Cantilever 

Cantilever barrier gate systems are noted for their ease of use as well as safety and strength. These gates are a viable choice if there is enough room on one side of the entrance to match the gate opening and retract the gate horizontally. Cantilever gates slide open, meaning the counterbalanced weight of the end section supports the weight of the entire gate. This allows it to travel above ground freely and requires no rollers, tracks or ground preparation. 


Sliding Gates - Rolling

A rolling sliding gate, typically just called a rolling gate, looks and opens similarly to a cantilever gate with one major difference. Rolling gates lack sufficient counterbalancing of the end section and therefore must be supported by wheels and a track, requiring additional ground preparation and materials. Either gate type can be deployed where a large entrance/exit opening, often up to 100 feet, is needed like airports, military bases and commercial sites. Sliding cantilever gates, as well as rolling cantilever gates, can be easily automated and are frequently used at self-storage facilities and employee parking lots. 


Barrier Arm Gate Systems

Toll booths, bridges, parking structures, checkpoints, and restricted areas are familiar places to encounter barrier arm gates, sometimes called boom arm gates. They are very familiar as the most common method for controlling passage through railway crossings. A barrier arm or boom vehicle barrier gate is designed to control, slow and stop the flow of traffic as necessary by the pivot arm preventing passage through the entrance opening. This provides time for gate personnel to allow entry to only properly authorized vehicles. Automated barrier arm gates require codes or card keys to open the entrance rather than employing security guards to check identification and permit access. 


Other Types of Barrier Gate Systems


Vertical lift gate

A vertical lift gate employs a similar operating mechanism to a barrier or boom gate in that it is lifted upwards to allow passage through the entryway. Instead of a barrier boom arm, the blocking portion of the gate often looks like a sliding cantilever gate section that is lifted vertically rather than recessed horizontally to allow access or departure. It is another option when there isn't enough room for a sliding gate to open. Because of their heavier weight, virtually all vertical lift gates are mechanized using electric or hydraulic motors.


Overhead slide gate

An overhead slide gate looks and operates much like a rolling or cantilever slide gate. It also opens by sliding to one side of the entrance. However, instead of being counterbalanced, the weight of the gate is supported by an overhead I-beam and track system. Because the supporting posts have to be incredibly strong to support the beam and track system as well as the weight of the infill gate material, an overhead slide gate is a more permanent structure. Therefore, utilizing this type of gate barrier requires knowing the maximum height of all vehicles using this entryway in order for them to drive under the overhead beam and track system.


Swing gate

A swing gate is similar to a barrier arm gate, but instead of the arm lifting vertically to allow traffic passage, the boom arm swings open like a door. Swing arms can open in both directions depending on location and security requirements. Many higher rated anti-ram swing gates typically open outward from the entrance they secure. They also are more often single leaf in design to provide stronger structural support. Swing gates can be manual or automated. Unrated swing gates are available in single or double leaf configurations.  


Recommended Barrier Gate Products


Protogetic offers a large catalog of functional and aesthetically beautiful anti-ram barriers from the world’s leading manufacturers that integrate both with the project design as well as the urban landscape. Many of these products provide vehicle security for office buildings, hotels, storefronts and pedestrian walkways without converting these properties and public plazas into militarized environments, instead allowing people to go about their normal daily lives.


How are Barrier Gates rated?


There are many rated and unrated vehicle access gates and road barrier gates that can satisfy a project's security needs within the multi-varied vehicle barrier spectrum. Stopping a 15,000-pound truck carrying explosives (called a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device or VBIED) that is speeding 50 miles per hour from hitting people or breaching a building envelope requires an extremely strong vehicle access control gate. Military-grade barriers and gates must have Department of State K-rated or ASTM F2656 anti-ram barrier ratings in order to provide such robust protective security measures.  


Commonly referred to as "Hostile Vehicle Mitigation" (HVM), Protogetic offers a variety of ASTM, Dos/DoD, and PAS68 rated security barrier gate products to search instantly in one simple, 24/7 marketplace. No one in the protective design business can search more anti-ram rated vehicle barrier products faster and more efficiently than Protogetic’s proprietary filter. Don’t waste your time. Sign up and find the security gate or Vehicle Barrier you need instantly. 


If your project does not require anti-ram rated products, there are many options to economically safeguard your property and prevent vehicle incursion. ASTM has a new standard called F3016 that applies to low speed (10-20-30 MPH) threats with two penetration distance measurements: P1 = less than 1 foot and P2 = less than 4 feet. Its European equivalent is the PAS 170 test standard that applies to low speed impacts of 10-20MPH.


Protogetic Offers Premier Barrier Gates


When you want to protect your personnel and facility, the quality of your barrier gate system matters. After all, finding the best terrorist car barricade might be the difference between life and death. 


There are several vehicle barrier gate systems, permanent vehicle barriers (bollards), as well as movable, portable, and active vehicle barriers such as wedges, crash beam gates, cable, and retractable security barriers. To ensure your property is equipped with the best defense, Protogetic primarily focuses on rated anti-ram barriers, giving you and the people in your building well-deserved peace of mind.