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The Benefits of Having an Intercom on Your Automatic Gates

Automatic gates are quite a complex and high-tech piece of equipment. Therefore, they don’t require you to do all that much when it comes to operating them, as they are automatic and capable of doing everything via an automated system. However, one way to aid this and make your automatic gates system even better, is to have an intercom.

There are different types of intercoms you can get for your automatic gates, however they ultimately improve the system and make things easier for you, also enabling you more access to operate your gates no matter where you are.

So, we thought we would tell you about some of the benefits of having an intercom on your automatic gates.

 

It enables you to see who is attempting to enter your property

Having an intercom on your automatic gates means that when somebody calls, you are able to find out immediately who it is. Not only do intercoms have a speaking function so that you can speak directly to whoever is calling, but there is also a camera so that you can see the person. This is also good for security reasons, as you are always able to see who is trying to gain access or attempt to enter your property.

 

You can access and operate your gates from anywhere

Not only do intercoms provide you with much more convenience within your own property, but you can have access to the system from anywhere. Through your mobile phone you can keep up to date and even operate the gates. This is useful if you are out and expecting a visitor, or have an impromptu visit from someone that you would like to speak to or know more about.

 

 

You can have mobile access to the system

The way the modern world is now, means that our mobile phones can connect us to just about everything. This includes the intercom on your automatic gates. Now, you can install apps so that you have access from anywhere and keep up to date with everything. This means that you can change the settings so that when somebody calls your intercom, it will just be transferred straight through to your mobile phone. You can then choose to answer or decline the call. However, this is also handy if you need to accept a delivery for example, or have a visit you need to open the gates for as you can do this directly from your mobile.

 

 

For more information or if you would like to speak to us about automatic gates, simply get in touch with us on 01698 732715  and we will be more than happy to help.

Our Website Is Now GDPR Compliant

I’m sure over the past few weeks you’ve been receiving tonnes of GDPR emails from companies begging you to stay on their mailing list. Well, there is a good reason for this, and we wanted to tell you a little more about it. The new GDPR came into practice on 25th May 2018 and for us it means that our new website is fully compliant with this and is kitted out with a brand new privacy policy, cookies, and terms of service.

So, here’s all you need to know about GDPR, what it means for small businesses, and how we’re progressing with it here at JMS Auto Gates.

What is it?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, and this is a law within the EU that ensures data protection and privacy. It’s basically an introduction of new rights for you as a customer that prevents your data from being shared where you don’t want it to. And on the flip side, a new set of rules for businesses that state what they can and can’t do with customer data. So, for example, this is why you have been receiving emails from companies requesting for your agreement to remain on their mailing list, as without it they are no longer entitled to have your data on their files, nor are they allowed to contact you.

What does GDPR mean for small businesses?

Basically, unless a company is GDPR compliant, they are no longer able to have access to client data. As a small business, you must seek permission from the client first. For example, here at JMS Auto Gates we collect client data and so it is essential for us to be compliant with GDPR, and as of last month, our website has been updated so that is in keeping with these new regulations. Before we contract their data, the customer must agree to the terms of what it is being used for, who has access to it, and how long for.

You may see that we have a contact page on our website, where new or existing customers can come become acquainted with us. As a result, this means that we have access to some of their data, such as their name, email address or phone number. However, with these new regulations, we would not be able to do anything else with that data, such as adding them to our mailing list, without them consenting to it first as this would be a breach of privacy. Customers also have the opportunity to cancel or withdraw our access to their personal data at any time they want.

How this impacts JMS Auto Gates

Here at JMS Auto Gates, some would say that we could be considered as quite a niche business. Because of this, we want to reach out to as many people as possible, and our best asset for this is our website. It allows us to advertise our services and make those interested aware of the benefits that come with hiring from us. As the website is such a useful tool for us, it’s essential that it remains up to scratch in terms of regulations and standards and that our privacy policy is always spot on.

It’s important to us that our website is packed with all kinds of useful information for our audience. This includes information about us as a business, a break down of the services we provide, as well as security tips and a monthly blog where we can discuss topics that appeal to our customers. As a business ourselves, we actually cater to other business owners and we get a lot of our bookings and enquiries coming from the website. Once someone has browsed through the information they need, they can visit our contact page whereby they can get in touch with us. They have the option to either contact us directly by phone or by email, or they can leave an enquiry along with their personal details for us to get back to them. Because of this, it is essential that the site is fully compliant with GDPR so that we are never in breach of any client data and that it remains looked after in accordance of the clients wishes and that it is not used or shared without prior consent.

Furthermore, as we mentioned at the start of this blog, we also have fresh and updated terms of service, cookies and a new privacy policy so that we remain in keeping with the new regulations and guidelines and customers old and new have the ability to consent to use of their data.

We hope this information has been useful for you, and if you have any queries or are interested in any services displayed on our website, don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

What Causes Your Automatic Gates to Break Down

As with anything electrical, it is possible that you will encounter faults with your automatic gates from time to time. Though usually this can be easily fixed, you are not always able to prevent it from happening. Sometimes the system might go down, or there might be a fault somewhere which causes your automatic gates to break down. 

As a business that specialises in the installation and repair of automatic gates, we see firsthand the problems that our customers may encounter from time to time, and what it is that causes these things to happen. 

So, we thought we would tell you a little bit more about what causes your automatic gates to break down, and what you should do if this happens.

 

Power outage

A power outage is something that is entirely unpredictable, and therefore something that we cannot control or prevent. Power cuts can occur at any time and for any length of time. When this happens, it causes all power to fail and as a result of this, any electrics stop working for an uncertain length of time. This includes your automatic gates, and it can cause quite an inconvenience. 

If a power outage causes your automatic gates to break down, this can limit access onto your property, as well as prevent you from being able to get out. When this happens, quite often you will have to manually operate the gates in order to get in and out of the property until the problem is resolved. 

Furthermore, when the power cuts out and causes your automatic gates to break down, there is a possibility that the system will need to restart, and so you may not necessarily be able to operate them again as soon as the power is back. If this happens, you should contact professionals such as ourselves to advise on what to do, or to come out and get the system started again if necessary.

 

System failure

Similarly to a power outage, a system failure can also occur at any time and be quite unpredictable. There are multiple things that can lead to a system failure, but sometimes this may happen due to no real reason. A system failure is specific to your automatic gates system, as opposed to a power outage that affects all electricals. This means that the problem will be flagged within the automatic gates system, and if this happens, you will need a professional to advise you on the problem, and find out what has caused it as well as how it can be fixed. 

 

Battery fault

Some automatic gates are powered through a battery and as with anything that is battery powered, it is normal to encounter faults or to run out of power. This is easily solved, as all it requires is a battery replacement. Furthermore, you can get automatic gates that are solar powered, and although it is less common to encounter faults with these, it can still happen and this can cause your automatic gates to break down. 

These are the most common problems that lead to automatic gates breaking down. For more information or if you would like to enquire about getting automatic gates for your property, simply get in touch with us on 01698 732 715 or by emailing jmsteelfabrication@hotmail.com and we will be more than happy to help.

Automatic Gate Repairs in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Here at JMS Auto Gates, one of the areas that we specialise in is commercial and domestic automatic gate repairs. We operate throughout the areas of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and along with supplying and fitting electric gates, we are also fully equipped with the knowledge, skills and tools to be able to conduct any sort of repairs necessary. 

Automatic gates are used for many reasons and in many different scenarios. Some people have them outside of their own home for extra security, and they are also used on business properties in order to prevent trespassers. 

Although automatic gates serve a fantastic purpose and provide great use, with it being an electrical system, they do require repairs from time to time. 

 

A dependable security system

When you invest in automatic gates for your property, you want to be reassured that you have a dependable security system. Though automatic gates are extremely successful in keeping your property secure and performing to a high standard, from time to time the system can experience faults. This could happen for example if you have a power cut in the area, as it will cause the electrics system to cut out and fail, and sometimes this will require assistance to get restarted. 

However, when you do experience any sort of fault, our team are always on hand to help. Covering all areas within and around both Glasgow and Edinburgh and on both commercial and domestic sites, the JMS Auto Gates team will be able to come out and repair your system successfully and smoothly. 

 

Keeping your property safe

No matter how well any security gate system is designed, they can always encounter faults. This can’t always be prevented, and over time it is possible for the system to develop issues. However, this can be easily repaired and we can have your security system back up and running in no time. 

When you encounter any problem with your automatic gates, we would advise that you get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can get the problem fixed and ensure that your electric gates are back up and running and keeping your property safe and secure. 

 

Minimal disturbances

Though it can be a pain when you do experience issues with your automatic gates, we aim to get the problem fixed as quickly and as seamlessly as possible. This means that you should experience minimal disturbance and have your gates back working quickly. This is important for both domestic and commercial properties, as without full use of these gates, people may not be able to get in or out of your property, or you could temporarily lose the security element. 

 

A reliable and cost effective repairs service

We pride ourselves on providing a reliable and cost effective repairs service. We operate throughout Glasgow and Edinburgh and our team are fully insured and accredited and can repair any type of automatic gate. All of our technicians have a lot of experience and are highly skilled to get to the bottom of any problem.

For more information or if you would like to speak to us regarding a repair, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.

Why You Need a Risk Assessment

Ahead of automatic and electric gate installation, it is important that you have a risk assessment carried out. This ensures safety and makes sure that your property is suitable for accommodating automatic gates. A lot of things require safety and risk assessments before installation as this is the best way to ensure that it is safe to have the equipment installed. 

You must always take the necessary precautions before having automatic gates installed, as when this is not done properly or safely, you can put yourself and others at risk of danger. Therefore, we strongly advise that you have a professional risk assessment beforehand to rule out the possibility of this.

 

Why you might consider getting automatic gates

Firstly, what is the actual purpose of having automatic gates? They are a modern access system for your home or business property and they are designed for security purposes and to keep the property safe. Automatic gates offer a lot of convenience in the way that they do not need to be operated manually but instead can be controlled automatically. 

People invest in automatic gates to limit access to their property, provide added security, and deter criminals and trespassers. This safe and effective security system will put your mind at ease knowing your property is safe, and it will also be easier for those that should be gaining entry, to do so with ease.

 

What does a risk assessment involve?

Having a risk assessment will flag up all potential risks onsite before you get your automatic gates installed. It also ensures that you are equipped with the right safety procedures in place, and that you meet all of the required safety guidelines. 

A risk assessment will also look into the way the gate is built, from the hinges used to fix it in place, to the size and operation of it. The purpose is to highlight any potential hazards and allow you time to sort these things out or ensure that you are equipped to deal with anything that could potentially go wrong. 

 

Why it is important to have a risk assessment

Though you may not necessarily realise, there are actually lots of hazards and dangers that come with electric gates. This can include things like trapping and crushing, which can be extremely serious. A risk assessment will flag these things up and give you the opportunity to alter the format or design so that these risks and hazards are minimised and that you and your visitors are as safe as possible. 

For example, you may alter the direction that the gates swing open and close, or the way they slide open and close, or simply anything that will remove hazards. Automatic gates can sometimes present more dangers than manual ones, as you don’t always have full control over them like you would with a manual gate. For example, the gates may open or close unexpectedly, potentially leading to someone getting trapped, crushed or cut. 

A risk assessment makes sure that the right precautionary measures are in place with your automatic gates. Without this, you are putting yourself and your visitors at a huge risk, and your system may not meet with the safety guidelines. Furthermore, your risk assessment will identify if you need different functions in place, or perhaps the speed of the gates to be altered for safety purposes. There are all kinds of things that can be highlighted through a risk assessment, but ultimately they are incredibly important as they help to protect you and ensure that your automatic gates system is as safe as can possibly be.

For more information and advice or if you would like to speak to us about getting automatic gates for your property, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.

The Benefits of Auto Gates for Your Business

Automatic gates can be used on any kind of property – whether that’s a home or a commercial building. They serve the same purpose no matter where they are situated, and that is to provide extra security to the property and keep it safe. 

Though there are various security barriers you can put in place to protect your property, nothing is quite as effective as automatic security gates. They provide a much higher level of security, as well as being easy to access and control at your convenience. 

Whilst automatic gates are a great way to keep any building safe, we wanted to talk about how this can be beneficial to business owners. Having a business is a big responsibility, and you want to do everything possible to keep things safe and under control. So, here are a few ways having automatic gates will benefit your business…

 

They deter criminal activity

Quite often, businesses and commercial buildings can be a hotspot for criminal activity. If anyone was to break into the building, they would have access to work, expensive equipment and much more. This could be seriously damaging to any business, which is why business owners should put things in place in an attempt to stop it from happening. 

Automatic security gates are a great way to deter criminal activity. For one, it will prevent any trespassers from gaining access to the site, but as well as this, usually if someone is intending to attempt a break in, the gates themselves will be a deterrent and stop them from even trying. 

 

Peace of mind

As a business owner, things can get very stressful. The last thing you need to worry about is the safety of your building and everything in it! Having automatic gates means that you can rest with peace of mind that your business is safe at all times and that it’s protected from any unwanted visitors. 

 

It provides physical protection

Automatic gates are a physical security barrier that people can’t get past. Therefore, the only people who can access your business and your property, are down to you. Auto gates will only allow people to enter your business with your authorisation. This means that any potential trespassers or thieves will be stopped in their tracks. Furthermore, the gates are so strong and sturdy that it would be impossible for anyone to get through without authorised access. 

 

They are more convenient and time saving than manual gates

Some businesses will have manual gates that a member of staff has to physically open and close in order to allow somebody to enter. This can be quite a big inconvenience and very time consuming. Therefore, automatic gates are the perfect solution. These can be operated from the push of a button, allowing your staff to use their time on other things that will actually benefit the business. Furthermore, this makes a good impression on visitors as it means they can get in and out quickly and they don’t need to wait for somebody to manually open and close the gate. 

These are just a handful of the benefits your business could gain from having automatic security gates. If you would like to know more or have any questions about the different types of auto gates available, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.

What Happens to My Electric Gates if There is a Power Cut?

One of the most common concerns people have when they are looking into getting automatic gates, or have recently had them installed on their property, is what happens to them if there is a power cut and the electricity goes off? Of course, this is something that will happen from time to time, but you can rest assured that it is easily dealt with and won’t interfere with things too much.

Aside from the security benefit, the appeal of electric gates is that they are automated and will operate themselves, meaning you don’t have to do anything manually. However, when the power fails or cuts out, how will the gates be operated? As this is a question that gets asked quite a lot, we thought we would answer it and explain what happens to electric gates when there is a power cut. 

 

Don’t worry, you will not get stuck!

The biggest worry for most people when it comes to power cuts, is that the gates will stop working and you will therefore be stuck inside or outside of your property. However, there is no need to worry as this is not the case. There will always be back up options, and in most circumstances it is easily resolved by disconnecting from the system so that you can operate them by hand.

 

They can be operated manually

You will generally find that all automatic and electric gates can be operated manually, and this is for the very reason that there might be a power cut and you lose electricity. You can actually switch your gates to manual mode by use of a key provided when they are installed, in order to allow you to operate them yourself. This means you can simply open and close them by pushing and pulling, so that in the event of a power cut, you can still get in and out of your property.

 

Some gates have a battery backup

For 24v automatic gate systems, there will actually be a battery backup installed. As soon as you encounter a power failure, this will kick in and your electric gates will run off the power from the battery so that they can still be operated as normal for a period of time until the power is back on. This is much more convenient for some people and ensures that your property remains safe.

 

It is easy to reconnect the motors to the gate when the electricity comes back on

When you have your automatic gates installed, the electrician will show you how to reconnect the gates back from manual once the electricity is back on. This is a very simple process and something that is covered thoroughly upon installation. However, if you forget or are unsure of what to do, you can call an engineer who will advise you on the process. 

For more advice or if you have any enquiries, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help!

Why It’s Important to Get Your Automatic Gates Repaired ASAP

As with everything, it is only natural for faults and damage to occur with automatic gates. For example you may notice that they stop working, or aren’t operating quite as they should be. Any kind of electric or automated equipment encounters issues like this from time to time, and it is difficult to prevent. Furthermore, when it comes to automatic gates, maintenance and repairs are very important, as this ensures that your gates continue to operate properly and safely, and regular maintenance can prevent bigger problems from occurring further down the line. 

No matter what problem you encounter, however big or small, it is important to get your automatic gates repaired straight away, and we thought we would explain why in this blog… 

 

It keeps your property safe and secure

The purpose of automatic security gates is to protect your property. They are in place to keep your property safe and prevent any trespassers or unwanted visitors from being able to gain access to your home or commercial building. Therefore, if your automatic gates aren’t working properly, you lose this element of protection. The longer you leave your security gates without repair, the more you are putting your property at risk. 

 

Repairs are effective and reliable

If you do experience any issues with your automatic security gates, we advise contacting your point of purchase or qualified technicians such as ourselves who have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in repairing gates. This way, you will be provided with a reliable and effective service and your automatic security gates will be back working properly in no time. We are fully insured and accredited so that we can carry out the necessary repairs safely and quickly and in a way that causes minimal disruption.

 

It means you’ll have a fully operational system

Having your automatic security gates repaired ASAP means that you’ll have a fully operational security system working to keep your property safe. It doesn’t matter if the property in question is your own home, or a commercial business building, you need fully functioning security gates in order to keep it safe. Calling out a technician to resolve any issues will get your automatic gates back up and running in no time, and ensure that the system is 100% effective and reliable.

 

It flags up bigger problems sooner and stops them in their tracks

Even though it might be a minor fault that you’ve noticed, it could be a sign of something bigger to come. Therefore, you must always get your automatic gates repaired as soon as you notice anything unusual. The sooner a problem is seen to, the less risk of it escalating into something bigger. Furthermore, even if it’s just a small fault you’ve noticed, having a technician properly look at the system will flag up if there’s anything potentially bigger and stop it in its tracks.

For more information and advice or if you are in need of a repair, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.

Top 5 Types of Security Gates for Your Property

Security gates provide your property with various different benefits, with the main one being increased safety as well as privacy. They are a great investment as they add value overall to your property and ensure that the whole premises are secure and that no trespassers are able to gain access. 

When it comes to security gates, there are actually a variety of different types that you can choose from, therefore allowing you to find the perfect match for your property. As we believe that security gates are such an important thing to have, whether it is for your home or business property, we thought we would tell you about some of the best types we have to offer here at JMS Auto Gates…

 

Swing gates

As the name suggests, swing gates are designed to swing open and closed when operated. It means that when opened and closed, these gates swing outwards, as opposed to sliding from side to side. They are actually one of the cheapest options of security gates, and they come as either manual or automatic. They are incredibly easy to use and very low maintenance. Furthermore, although they are very effective as a security barrier, they still look welcoming and fit perfectly with modern designs.

 

Automatic gates

Automatic gates are great for security as they can be set to open and close whenever you need. They are completely automatic and deter any unwanted guests or trespassers from entering your property. As they are automatic, this is great for convenience as well as high security. Furthermore, automatic gates look very modern and impressive, and will add value to your property therefore making it a cost effective investment. 

 

Electric gates

Electric gates are very similar to automatic gates. They keep disruption of your driveway or land to a minimum due to the modern way they are fitted and they don’t have to be operated manually which makes them very convenient. Due to the increased security of your property that electric gates provide, as a result this will lower your insurance. The wireless technology in electric gates is great for convenience as for example if you arrive back at your property in your car, you won’t have to get out to open the gates as they will open for you themselves.

 

Sliding gates

Sliding gates are essentially the opposite to swing gates. While swing gates swing open internally and externally, sliding gates slide from left to right when operated. This is perfect if you are a little short of space as they don’t take up too much room, yet still do the job. Furthermore, sliding gates work well if your driveway or the land around your property is built on a slope, as the gates can’t swing open. These gates also come as manual or automatic, and they keep your home very secure whilst looking elegant.

 

Cantilever gates

Cantilever gates are quite unique in the way they are designed and built. Instead of there having to be tracks for the gates to open and close, the cantilever system means that no gates are required. Cantilever sliding gates are often a preferred option due to the minimal disruption and modern approach. They are very easy to automate and are raised off of the ground. 

For more information or if you are interested in purchasing some security gates from us, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.

How Automatic Gates Will Make Your Property Safer

Keeping your property safe is very important, whether that is a business property, or your own home. Of course, you can keep your property safe with secure and reliable locks throughout, but it is outside the premises that presents more risk of trespassers and unwanted visitors. The best way to prevent this and completely minimise these risks, is by having automatic security gates outside your property. That way, this stops unwanted guests from intruding. 

As we believe automatic gates are a great investment and provide extra safety and security to you and your property, we thought we would tell you a little bit more about them and why they are a good investment….

 

They can only be accessed by you

Automatic security gates make your property safer as they can only be accessed and controlled by you and other residents or employees that you wish to have access. Generally, automatic gates are controlled by mobile, remote controls or key fobs. Therefore, only the people who have the tools to access the gates are able to operate them and control actions. This means that nobody else is able to open or close the gates, therefore keeping your property extra secure and preventing risk of any unwanted guests entering.

 

It keeps out trespassers and unwanted guests

The main purpose of automatic gates is to deter any trespassers and unwanted visitors, which is how it provides added safety and security to your property. No matter who attempts to gain access to your property, having automatic security gates will not allow them through. Whether this is potential burglars or people with bad intentions, or simply visitors you were not aware of and would like to approve before they enter, automatic gates allow you complete control over who has access to your property. 

 

They go hand in hand with CCTV

If safety is important to you, no matter if that is at your own personal home or at your business property, CCTV is a really good system to invest in. Not only is a deterrent to trespassers and for criminal acts, but it also keeps watch over your property 24/7. CCTV works perfectly with automatic security gates, as it will allow you to see who is attempting to enter, or if anybody has tried to get through the gates. All of this will contribute to the safety and security of your property.

If you would like to know more or want to speak to us about getting automatic gates for your property, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help!