Automated Door Systems are systems that power doors to open automatically, usually by sensing an approaching person. Automated doors come with a variety of options, they can be swinging doors or sliding doors.There are three major types of automatic doors: swinging, sliding and folding.
How do automatic doors work?
Automatic doors require a sensor that detects when the door needs to open. When the sensor detects a cue, it then sends a signal to the door operating mechanism. After receiving that signal, the mechanism opens the door.
Three of the most common types of automatic door sensors include;
- Pressure sensors – Introduced in the 1960s, pressure sensors use changes in weight or pressure to detect when the door needs to open. Pressure sensors are usually installed as mats or pads on the ground. When a person approaches the door and steps on the mat, the door opens because the pressure sensor detects a change in pressure (the person’s weight).
- Motion detection and optical sensors – Nowadays, most automatic doors operate with motion-detecting sensors. The majority of motion detectors use either microwave pulses or passive infrared (PIR) sensors to detect movement.
Microwave beam motion detectors send out pulses of microwaves that measure the reflections of moving objects. In contrast, passive infrared sensors measure temperature changes to detect body heat.
Sensors with microwave technology are usually more expensive than infrared sensors because they can cover a larger area. However, they are also at risk of electrical interference.
- Access control or video intercom system – Automatic doors can also detect when to operate through an https://mightysolutions.co.ke/products/access control or video intercom system.
Rather than sensing motion or pressure, the door relies on a signal from an access control system to open. That signal can come from a keycard, a fob, a smartphone, or any other device that has been programmed with the access control system.
Automatic doors controlled by cloud-based access control systems or smart video intercoms are ideal for multifamily buildings and commercial properties that only need to grant entry to authorized people. Most multifamily and commercial buildings need an access control system or video intercom for both fire and safety regulations. In addition, access control systems and smart video intercoms improve the resident experience.
Additionally, when the access control system or video intercom is connected to the cloud, building staff enjoy the added convenience of managing property access permissions remotely from a web browser. As a result, staff members don’t have to physically visit the building to update their system.
How does a sensor make the door open?
Once a sensor has detected that someone needs to enter the building, it then sends a signal to the door opening mechanism. The door opening mechanism is powered by an electric motor, which opens the door according to the type of door you have.
Types of automatic doors include:
- Sliding doors: Ideal for two-way traffic, automatic sliding doors may be hung from overhead tracks or mounted with tracks and rollers.
- Swinging doors: Ideal for one-way traffic, automatic swinging doors open either in or out.
- Folding doors: Ideal for small entrances where space is a concern, automatic folding doors fold up onto themselves to create a passageway.
- Revolving doors: Ideal for high-traffic areas, automatic revolving doors enable simultaneous exit and entry.
On to the most important point of our discussion today. Why install automated doors in Kenyan buildings?
They are used in many places with traffic such as hospitals, airports, shopping centres, office buildings, hotels and generally commercial and public buildings. They provide excellent customer service for those using them, here are some reasons why you need automated doors,
Automatic doors offer convenience to everyone using them, including those with baggage in both hands, those with pushchairs or wheelchairs or most simply in this modern age, those with a mobile phone in one hand and a coffee in the other. An automatic door allows visitors to pass through the door with ease without worrying about a heavy door opening, meaning your customers will feel welcomed from the moment they step foot in your premise. It is important to provide access for everyone regardless of physical capabilities.
Automatic doors can assist in the management of security. Security will have the ability to control the doors remotely, meaning they can grant access to selective traffic or deactivate the door altogether to prevent people from entering. Alternatively, the doors can be set to hold open which is ideal for an emergency situation when the building needs to be evacuated in a timely manner.
Being hands-free, automatic doors offer a great solution to facilities where sanitation is essential such as hospitals and food factories. An automatic door with an air-tight function can also prevent the entry of dirt and dust by increasing air pressure in the room. This is a great solution for operating rooms and other controlled environments such as labs.
Automatic doors are ideal for buildings where space may be tight in the lobby, using a sliding door or telescopic door, you remove the floor space that would be required for a swing door.
The doors will only open when necessary and will close behind the user, thus ensuring the doors are primarily closed. This is essential to maintain the temperature of the building and for energy savings.
The opening and closing speed of the door also makes a difference. The automatic door must be opened whenever necessary to allow access to the services, the less time it is open, the less energy is lost. Buildings with doors that get left open spend more on heating or air conditioning. In contrast, low power systems such as revolving doors regulate the passage in and out of people and serve as a natural barrier to maintain the desired temperature. The outside air will never directly come into contact with the inside.
Easy to use and maintain
All our automatic doors are manufactured according to high standards of quality and safety and are easy to maintain and use. Once installed, their daily management requires little involvement and problems rarely arise.
First impressions are important, and the first thing visitors will see are your entrance doors. When there are manual doors, the first impression is negative due to poor accessibility. With an automatic door, when users approach the building, they have a better perception due to their elegance, convenience, security and ease of use providing a better brand appearance
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