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    Rising Beam



    What is a rising beam vehicle barrier?


    A rising beam vehicle barrier is designed for quick deployment at access control points like entrances to military bases, airports or industrial facilities to name a few. A rising beam is essentially what most people would call a vehicle barrier gate. The difference is rather than swinging open like a swing gate or elevating like a lift gate or vertical pivot gate, the barrier rises up from ground level. 


    How does a rising beam work?


    A rising beam barrier consists of a steel beam, sometimes called an “arm” or “barrier arm” that literally rises upward from its subterranean housing to completely block the roadway entrance.  The beam is anchored on either side of the roadway or facility entrance, giving it robust strength.  Since the beam resides below ground, vehicles can easily pass over it when entering or exiting the property.


    Are rising beams considered active barriers?


    Yes. By definition, active barriers have moving parts that initiate access prevention. This is different than a passive barrier where the device is static and thus always engaged to prevent entry.


    Does a rising beam require excavation to install?


    Yes. In order to allow easy access in and out of a facility, the substrate must be excavated in order to house the beam when not engaged. Unlike vehicle barriers, like wedge barriers, that require a substantial foundation and thus excavation, a rising beam requires less digging and substrate preparation and is much easier to install in most cases.


    Where are rising beam barriers used?


    Because rising beam barriers are both very effective at controlling access to locations as well as not requiring extensive excavation to install, they are often used at locations subject to heavy in and out traffic. These include:


    Military bases

    Transportation hubs



    Industrial complexes

    Oil and Chemical facilities

    Parking lots


    What does bi-directional mean?


    A rising beam is called bi-directional because it allows traffic to enter and exit in both directions while still performing its protective capacity. Because of this, one rising beam can often cover an entire access point depending on the product’s barrier arm distance.


    Are rising beam barriers anti-ram rated?


    Many rising beam barriers are crash rated. You can instantly search for specific anti-ram ratings, including ASTM F2656,  DoS K ratings and PAS 68, by using Protogetic’s industry-leading filter . Some rising beams are even on the DoD List. Protogetic’s new DoD List is the first-ever 100% searchable database so you can find what you need and get to work faster.


    How can I find a rising beam barrier?


    Protogetic carries rising beam barriers from leading manufacturers. Select the rising beam category under Vehicle Barriers and find the exact barrier you need instantly using our incomparable filter. You can even compare several rising beam barriers side-by-side to make your decision even easier.