There seems to be no end to the uses being found for smartphones, beyond texting and calling. Smartphones are helping us to automate so many daily tasks in a portable and convenient way. And some of these new uses can be applied in commercial settings, like businesses with fenced outdoor lots. Whether it’s equipment or inventory you’re protecting, the manual lock can be a thing of the past.

Welcome to Gate Automation:

Property owners can now get rid of keys, cards and fobs for accessing their business and can instead use their smartphones as door or gate openers. You can give your employees easy access to doors and gates in a secure way, because their smartphone is personal to them and probably on their person virtually all the time. You can then revoke access when someone quits or is let go rather than having to retrieve a key or change a lock.

How Does Gate Automation Work?

Your smartphone’s embedded communication technology can work like a fob or a traditional swipe card by communicating with an access control reader connected to a master controller. The controller manages access through the door or gate of your business. Essentially, your smartphone becomes the new credential.

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is an embedded communication technology that permits a smartphone to be used as a credential. BLE is embedded in all smartphones equipped with Bluetooth. Near Field Communication (NFC) is another type, supported through Android devices, that uses a radio signal to communicate at short distances.

What Do I Need to do to Update My Gate Openers?

Well first, you need to visit your local commercial door and window installers and get a gate opener with this Bluetooth technology. Sacs loves to help our customers update their gate systems with this technology, because we know it makes their lives easier and their businesses safer.

Once you have the right equipment, the process of getting yourself and your employees set up to use it is simple. Users need to download the credential to open the gate or door, and an app to go with it. The credential is then stored in the SIM card to make it more secure. To verify credentials, the user usually just has to launch the app. Of course, there are choices for slightly different access processes, and we’re always here to help you figure out what’s right for you.