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What is an Arm Barrier?

An arm barrier, also known as boom barrier, boom gate or rising barrier, is a low maintenance form of security and protection.

Arm Barriers are easy to install yet they are well-built with robust material and tested in thousands of applications and harsh weather conditions. Arm Barriers are ideal for controlling the flow of traffic, especially in parking places.

They are also widely used in industrial areas and entrances with high security requirements as high security products.


What types of Arm Barriers are there?

Most common Arm Barriers are:

·       Manual Arm Barriers,

·       Manual Drop Arm Barriers,

·       Electromechanical Arm Barriers,

·       Hydraulic Drop Arm Barriers,

·       Hydraulic Arm Barriers,

·       Vertical Lift Barriers,

·       Articulated Electromechanical Arm Barriers.


How an Arm Barrier is Operated?

An Arm Barrier can be operated by:

·       Controlled access systems, (as an option barriers accessory)

·       Push button, (as an option barriers accessory)

·       Remote control, (as an option barriers accessory)

·       RFID tags / RFID reader, (as an option barriers accessory)

·       Loop detectors, (as an option barriers accessory)

·       Electronic sensors, (as an option barriers accessory)

·       Any third party access control device, (as an option barriers accessory)

·       Manual operation, (as an option barriers accessory)

·       Hydraulic parts. (as an option barriers accessory)


Where Arm Barriers are typically used?

Arm Barriers are typically found at level crossings, drawbridges, parking facilities, checkpoints and entrances to industrial and restricted areas. They are also the usual method for controlling passage through toll booths, and can also be found on some freeway entrance ramps which are automatically controlled to drop to restrict traffic in the event of accident cleanup or road closures without the need to dispatch road workers or law enforcement to use a vehicle to block the way.

In some places, arm barriers are installed across suburban streets as a traffic calming measure, preventing through traffic, while allowing authorised vehicles such as emergency services and buses to take advantage of the shorter and more direct route.


How to install barriers?

Installation of the barriers can vary depending on the type of barrier in question.

Nevertheless, the installation can be done very easily by following a step-by-step installation manual supplied with you along with the Optima Barriers. If still additional technical support is required before, during or after the installation of the road blockers, you can seek help from the Optima engineering support team through email, phone, or WhatsApp.

The team has years of experience in design, manufacturing and installation of the barrier and is readily available for help upon request.


Available Optima barrier models

-        Hydraulic Barriers – HAB Barriers, HDAB Barriers

-        Electromechanical Barriers – CITY400/600 Barriers, B300/600 Barriers, Challenger Quick Barriers

-        Manual Barriers – MB series Barriers, MDAB crash rated barriers