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AFA

FEATURE

NEW
TECHNOLOGIES
PROVIDE GLOBAL REACH FOR ACCESS SYSTEMS
BY AUTUMN CAFIERO GIUSTI

I

t wasn't too long ago that installing a gate access control system involved digging trenches, laying hard wires
and investing a significant amount of time and money to do those things. A resident who needed to open or
close the front gate had to be at home and sitting by the phone in order to do so.
With a cellular system, the keypad at the
front gate functions like a cell phone. The
system relies on a cellular system to call
the individual who grants access, instead
of having a hard-wired phone line.
Voice commands might be used for someone talking to the security booth at the front,
or in a single-family residence where the
gate is 500 feet away from the house, and the
residents don't want to run a phone line back
to the house where there is no house phone.
So for example, if UPS comes to the gate and
hits the call button, the unit calls a pre-programmed number through a cellular system.
"So they're taking your cell phone and

converting your call box into a cell phone,"
Brûlé says.
Mobile apps can also transmit data to notify
residents or businesses of the status of an entry
point, such as if a gate or door is open when it
shouldn't be. "I have this on my garage door,"
Brûlé says. "After 15 minutes of the garage
door being open too long, I'll get a notification, so I can go close it using my phone."

COST SAVINGS
Cellular and wifi access control systems
have helped cut down tremendously on the
amount of trenching and long-distance wire
runs that the access control companies have

PHOTO COURTESY OF BUCHANAN ACCESS SYSTEMS

These days, the only thing necessary for
installing gate access is a cellular or wifi
connection. Access control systems are moving away from security wiring and toward
wireless networks.
"Now that cell phones are more abundant and the services from different cell
phone companies are available and continuously growing, fewer and fewer people have
phone lines going into their homes," says
Alain Brûlé, general manager for Western
Access Controls Inc. in Denver.
Wireless systems enable residents
and businesses to have the same or better capabilities as what wired systems
provide. These wireless systems can also
simplify the installation process for access
control companies.
"The trend we're seeing now is that more
and more people are wanting wireless access.
They don't have to be tied to a phone line
or a hard-wired keypad or card reader," says
Lyle Buchanan, owner of Buchanan Access
Systems in Sandy, Utah.
Some of these new systems offer smartphone apps to enable users to access the
telephone system remotely. Many of these
apps incorporate a video component so the
user can monitor what's going on at the gate.
"They can be anywhere in the world and see
who's at the gate, and control it through their
smartphone," Buchanan says.
So for example, a resident in a gated community will receive a call on their cell phone
indicating that someone is at the front gate,
and can then go to their app to call the unit
and send a grant access command so that
the gate will open.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - July/August 2017

Editor’s Note
Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
VMA
Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Blue Ribbon Companies
The Right Gate for the Job
CLFMI
New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
New Members
All About I-9s
Calendar
Good Fences and Good Neighbors
Minding Your Business
Fencesense
Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Intro
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover1
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Editor’s Note
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 16
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - President’s Message
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 18
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 23
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 24
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - VMA
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 27
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 28
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Blue Ribbon Companies
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - The Right Gate for the Job
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 31
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 32
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - CLFMI
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 34
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 36
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Members
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 38
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - All About I-9s
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 40
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 41
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 42
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Calendar
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Good Fences and Good Neighbors
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 45
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 46
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 47
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 48
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Minding Your Business
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 50
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Fencesense
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Index to Advertisers
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