How your fence can be enhanced with technology
September 23, 2020
After helping people choose the right fence, we take great satisfaction in knowing that it can withstand the test of time.
While nothing can replace a solidly built fence, which should last several decades, with rapidly changing technologies, some of these could be used to enhance your fence. Let’s take a look at how we can make use of different technologies to add convenience or additional security to your fence.
Keyless locks allow you to easily open the gate of your fence without fumbling around with keys. A basic keyless lock that has been around for years is a mechanical keyless lock, which is commonly available. Over time, this evolved into electronic locks. As these are relatively simple technologies, they’re not too difficult to install and replace on existing gates.
Intercom systems have been put to use for a long time and for good reason. While a fence keeps people from entering your property, some of these people need to actually communicate with you. Intercom systems provide ease of communication before allowing anybody to enter. Newer intercom systems have video functionality as well, allowing you to verify people’s identities and increase security.
Automatic Gate Openers
An intercom system becomes even more convenient with a button control to open the gate with just a push of a button. In another form, it’s not uncommon to see people with a remote that allows them to open the gate to their driveway. As this continued to progress, some people have sensors that automatically open and close the driveway gate as their car approaches and passes through.
Video Surveillance Systems
Video recording has a long history of use for surveillance purposes, and every high-security building uses some form of video recording. Video surveillance has progressed tremendously and continues to improve each year. Truly wireless surveillance cameras now allow you to have them installed on your fence using motion to trigger recording to conserve battery life. Some of these new cameras have two-way audio, taking on some of the functionality of intercom systems, and can record video directly to the cloud.
Intrusion Detection Systems
Intrusion Detection Systems are used when security is paramount so they are often used in certain government and commercial properties, although its use on residential fences are picking up. Though different approaches exist, basically, these systems monitor when anybody is trying to scale or penetrate your fence. A common method to detect this is by detecting vibrations in your fence. Not all options require a custom-built fence. Some intrusion detection systems can easily be installed to even a chain link fence.
Technology continues to move forward, and it’s exciting to see all these new developments, especially for the high-tech solutions. While nothing can match our love for a structurally-solid fence, we appreciate how technology can add functionality to a good old fence.
Interested in the convenience and security of these technologies but need a fence first? With A&G Fencing specializing in commercial, residential and agricultural fencing in the Fraser Valley, contact us to see how we can help.