Bollards are a great option for perimeter security and limiting vehicle access. Whether you are looking to secure company access roads, car parks, grounds or even public spaces, there are a variety of bollard security options available on the market. Most reputable suppliers – like Hörmann – supply a range of durable bollards specifically designed for private and public areas.
In this article, we will take you through the main bollard security options for securing your premises.
Bollards for Private and Public areas
Bollards for private and public areas are highly secure and provide great usability for individuals accessing restricted areas. Depending on your requirements, private and public bollards can be made from a range of reinforced materials and use a variety leverage systems. If you are unsure which type of bollard would best suit your business, then reputable suppliers will be able advise you.
Here are the most popular types currently on the market:
Automatic bollards are great for restricted areas that either require a lot of access or quick and convenient access as and when. Depending on your requirements, the optimum leverage system will differ. For high traffic areas, such as company access roads, a hydraulic operator is advised thanks for it durable and speedy movement. For areas with medium use, such as private car parks and pedestrian areas, an electromechanical operator is advised thanks to its smooth and steady movement.
Automatic bollards can be programmed to let certain vehicles through, or work using an encrypted key fob system.
For areas that require low-frequency access, semi-automatic bollards are a great cheaper alternative to automatic bollards. Semi-automatic bollards are highly durable and are as secure as automatic bollards, but with the added benefit of not requiring a connection to power. Instead, they work with an integrated gas spring that can be lowered manually and locked into place. The bollards then raise automatically when they are unlocked.
For areas that require very low frequency of access, such as public parks and squares, removable bollards are recommended as an affordable and durable option. These highly secure bollards can be detached when required without the need for tools. The closed bottom section ensures that there are no openings in the ground, allowing for smooth travel over the bollard area when detached.
For pedestrian walkways and areas that do not require vehicle access, fixed bollards are the obvious option for your premises. Fixed bollards have a similar appearance to automatic and semi-automatic bollards and are highly reinforced. The level of reinforcement depends on the model you invest in; there are high protection options available that are capable of stopping even the largest vehicles. Fixed bollards can also be dismantled should they become damaged, and easily replaced.
For high security properties, such as government buildings or embassies, private and public bollards are not recommended. There are a range of specially designed high security bollards available on the market for protecting roads and entrances.
This article was sponsored by Hörmann – experts in bollard and perimeter security.