Gate Automation

Choosing an gate automation for home can be a complicated task given the amount of options on the market. In addition, an automation of dubious quality can pose inconveniences and risks to the safety of residents and property.

If you are the type who prefers to find out about the subject instead of accepting the first recommendation made by the installer, take advantage of these six tips to choose the perfect model. The list was prepared by Nice, an Italian multinational of international reference in smart home and in the sectors of security and home gate automation.

1 – The cheap can be expensive

Keep in mind the quality and durability of the product before the price. You can stay with the gate automation for many years and a problem can be costly and cause a headache.

To ensure a longer service life, make sure that the gate automation unit has electrical protections in the control unit that will increase durability even in the event of lightning and rain. Weather protection, such as plastics with UV protection and sealing against infiltration and dust, are also highly recommended.

2 – Make the correct sizing of gate automation

To purchase the recommended gate automation model for your gate, it is necessary to think about the opening frequency. Be aware of the gate automation / cycle / hour operation capacity and investigate the frequency of use in busy days and times. The weight of the gate must be taken into account, since the engine must be strong enough to move and brake it so that it is able to interrupt the path without damaging the mechanical parts, if necessary.

The type of the gate also matters. In a very long sliding gate, it can impact on a longer motor running time, in this case, prefer an automation with a higher cycle / hour capacity, even if you do not open the gate so often. In the case of tippers, the installation of 2 automation devices is recommended if the gate is more than 3.5 meters long, to avoid twisting the leaf and unbalance. In the case of a very high gate, Nice offers sizes of actuators that can exceed 6 meters. For pivots, the size of the actuator and the installation angle must be checked, if it is a 2-leaf door with a stop, it will be necessary to have the delay function present in Nice’s electronic control units.

3 – Know the laws of your municipality

The laws for installing gates vary by municipality. In some, for example, the gate is not allowed to invade the sidewalk where pedestrians pass. Therefore, go after the local regulations to make sure that the material chosen is suitable for what is permitted by law.

In general, it is recommended that tilting and pivoting gates open into the property. When this occurs, in the case of tippers, it is necessary to use a larger actuator, due to the angle necessary to move the gate. When opening the gate inwards is not possible due to lack of space, the law may allow the installation of traffic lights and sensors to detect the presence of pedestrians.


4 – Invest in closing sensors

It is extremely important to assess the risks of automatically moving a gate, especially when it is a place with frequent pedestrians and especially children. The installation of photocells, sensors that detect the presence of people and objects in the path of the gate, is essential, and should not be ignored to avoid accidents.

5 – Encryption technology is essential

It is important to take due care to prevent someone else from having access to your property, since remote control is the key to access a property with an automated gate.

In addition to basic care, such as avoiding leaving it in a vehicle, avoid the fixed code controls called “Learning Code”, which are more vulnerable to cloning. Prefer automation with rolling and encrypted code, known as “Rolling Code”, as the Nice remote control system. This prevents the control from being cloned by devices like the “chupa goat”.

6 – The look also matters

The priority when it comes to gate automation is security, but that is not why the look of the unit does not matter. Nice was the first company in the home automation sector to believe in the value of product design, relying on Italian design and a more refined finish level, so that the automated system integrates with the environment.