Automated gate locks

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Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:26 pm
lanbrown online
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Automated gate locks

So I have two wooden gates )one on each side of the house) and have thought about automating the lock aspect. I might even automate the opening and closing aspect as well. I'm asking this to the Indigo community since some people really think outside the box. I've seen some ideas online as well as a couple ideas myself. One of which would be a DoorBird and use the facial recognition. I haven't tried it on my DoorBird yet though. I could then use either an electric strike plate or a ground bolt. The DoorBird also has an RFID reader. This is obviously not a cheap route though.

I'm not protecting anything in my yard. I do want to keep people out as I do have two dogs. I don't want then to get out nor do I want someone walking into their territory. While they are friendly, they do scare a lot of people; The small one is a brindle (so very dark) and he weighs 130 pounds. The big one is 175 pounds; and she is tall and wide but within her breed range albeit nearing the upper limit. So if they are outside, I don't want someone wandering into the backyard and then seeing the dogs, running away and leaving the gate open. Currently I do have locks on the gates but it would be nice to know if the gate is locked or unlocked as the yard service sometimes forgets to lock the gate.

Anyone have their own ideas or how they accomplished this?

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Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:44 am
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Re: Automated gate locks

I monitor my two wooden gates with open/close sensors that have inputs for external contacts - works great

If I wanted to have a way to lock and unlock them I would look into using linear actuators and activate / deactivate them with rely contacts - that should work but I have not done it myself. You might also be able to somehow fit a standard z-wave door lock on the gate but that would take some work to get it to fit and they are not rated for use outside use.

For my open close sensors I just use old plastic bottles with a cable gland through the top. I have (in the past) used plastic project boxes but they are harder to waterproof.

I wish the HA industry would make for stuff that is water proof and more stuff for gates. Right now you have to MacGyver it :-(

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Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:12 am
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Re: Automated gate locks

Thanks. That is what I have noticed as well, I did see this:
https://community.smartthings.com/t/outside-smartlock-for-gate/70873/2

You're right, the vendors are really missing a market with outdoor rated products.

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Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:25 pm
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Re: Automated gate locks

You need one of these.

https://www.theelectricgateshop.co.uk/M ... od_ID=1857. (Along with the booster depending on what voltage you supply)

I have my texecom alarm supply the power but could be a relay.

It's incredibly strong and can be opened with key or optional button on the inside.
Best of all though if you supply power it keeps the lock unlocked potentially all day but it still has a catch that holds the gate shut, needing a decent push to open it
You can then lock remotely.

Alternatively you can set the lock to force the gate to open when unlocked, it gives the gate big push and the gate opens. I don't see as much use in that setting though.

I then also have a metal door sensor on it connected to my alarm as well. All in metal conduit.

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Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:30 pm
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Re: Automated gate locks

The best but is remote control of it when not there. I have considered putting a keypad on the other side for one off access by gardeners and builders etc but I either just unlock it and have pop up notice on my phone when the gate is opened so I can check camera and see it's who it's supposed to be. If not I can trigger the alarm. Or ask them to call me when they arrive at the house and I unlock as required.

Plus now I can control it by Homekit I can just share access to it to trusted people.




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