hen you are driving out of a parking structure and you’re met with a horizontal bar that stands between the exit and the street, you’ve encountered a boom barrier!
These simple gates control the flow of cars in and out of a variety of spaces and can add security. Boom barriers may be operated with remote control, push button or an RFID card. Once the open feature is initiated, the barrier moves up in a vertical direction, allowing passage.
How Are Boom Barriers Used?
Boom barriers are used in both public and private spaces. Publicly, drivers are apt to encounter them on toll highways and in front of train and trolley tracks. They may also be used to block off draw bridges at certain times of the day. Private buildings that often use boom barriers include parking garages, airport toll booths and private business entrances. Not only do the barriers keep cars out of private facilities (or inside until they pay for parking), but they regulate the flow of traffic in these spaces. Boom barriers can also be used on a temporary basis in areas where construction work is underway.
Trends for Boom Barriers
The construction industry reports a positive outlook for boom barriers. In fact, the global demand for boom barriers is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2016 and 2020. The increased demand is attributed to a few factors. The increase in parking garages, shopping malls, hotels and other spaces that use boom gates is the primary reason. The amount of people coming in and out of these spaces also accounts for some of the rising need.
As boom barriers are ever in more demand, they are also seeing an improvement in durability and reliability. Maintenance costs may be limited given the availability of waterproof, automatic and anti-crush features in modern boom barriers.
Boom barriers are a convenient way to add traffic flow and security features to a hotel parking lot, private road or other space. Their simple function keeps drivers and passengers safe and keeps a heavy flow of traffic from pouring onto a street after the end of an event.