Compass Iron Security

For over 2 decades, Compass Ironworks been creating distinctive Iron projects. Creating exceptional Iron gates for extraordinary properties.

We dialogued with clients for best material specifications, design sensitivity to make sure that what we built was in sync with their décor and architecture. Then provided finish longevity with our in-house blasting, pretreatment and powder-coat process. We would then do exquisite install, then the technician would come in after us to install the automatic gate openers. In order to attach the correct bracketry, our powder-coat finish integrity was compromised by welding, grinding or sanding. This we were not thrilled about.

So Compass Iron Security was established to be able to take client service to the next level. In addition to building the gates, providing seamless gate to gate opener connection, we also became certified to do the automation. And to take it to the ultimate level, collaborate with security technicians and landscape designers, etc. to have it all be harmonious with their security and their smart home system.

This level of collaboration allows builders and clients the luxury of less contractors to coordinate with. And with Compass Iron Security being uniquely qualified to produce gate systems to MUTCD, ASTM F-22000 and UL 325 standards, this guarantees better much safer automation for clients, their family, loved ones and community.

By taking collaboration seriously, involving the client, architect, landscape designers, security technician, electrician and landscaper, the entire property perimeters can be reviewed as an entirety and pedestrian gate access can be controlled form the same portal as the front gate. And with landscape designer and personnel involved, a desirable, but elegant security fence can be designed and created to accentuate the architecture and landscape of the remarkable property.

And with all these levels of service and collaboration provided by one company, redundant costs can be avoided by the sheer nature of efficient in-house team work. So not only can the client experience be improved, stress and hassles reduced, a cost savings can be realized, while maintaining top quality in driveway gate, pedestrian gate, privacy fence automatic gate openers and excellent property security.

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Security FAQ

Can I have my gate open automatically as I drive up to it?
You can have AVI (Automatic Vehicle Identification) Tag installed on your vehicle. Your gate operator will detect your vehicle as it approaches and open the gate, requiring zero input from you.


What safety features are provided so that my child/grandchild/niece/nephew does not get injured?
UL325 specifies 2 different entrapment protection devices on each individual system to eliminate the possibility of entrapment and injury.


Can I have the entry programmed directly into my car?
For several years now, car manufacturers have been providing Homelink, 3 buttons built directly into the car. One of these buttons can be programmed to automatically open your entry gates.


How will my landscaper/gardener/babysitter get in?
You can have a call box with a keypad, you assign each individual a certain code, that they utilize to enter, a log is kept of each entry and which code is used.


What if there are 2-3 feet of snow on the ground?
A cantilever Class2 Type 2 gate is an enclosed roller and track system, therefore it is the least exposed to the elements. But according to UL325 no opening on a slide gate can exceed 2-1/2” which can restrict design creativity. For that reason some property owners elect to go with swing gates which have no opening restrictions and therefore allow unparalleled design. Snow can be a concern for swing gates, the best solution if snow is coming that will be higher than the gates bottom clearance, is to open the gate in advance, with modern systems this can be done from anywhere you have cell service.


Will the gate have a battery backup in the event of a power outage?
By far the most popular system is AC over DC. Where, in normal operations, the batteries are being charged, when the power goes off, the power stored in the battery is then utilized to cycle the gate. A Solar battery system Is also possible either as a backup or as the main power for the gate. This is not typically utilized in the Northeast because of the lower sunlight exposure.


How far off the road does my gate have to be?
It is recommended to have at least 12 feet from gate to call box and an additional 15 feet from call box to roadway. In the event that your gate is by a sidewalk you can have a callbox without a keypad. According to UL325 you cannot have any way of activating the gate within 6ft of the gate itself.


What are the advantages of swing gates vs slide gates? 
Slide gates are the most popular, especially for industrial, commercial and restricted access applications. This gate appeals to situations where there is limited space, but because of opening limitations in a slide gate, swing gates are desired for residential properties, especially where there is ample space and where personal design and character want to be expressed.


What is my drive slopes uphill? 
The simplest option is for slide gates. According to UL325 you cannot have a gate that swings against gravity. If power were lost, the gate would swing shut, creating a safety hazard. There are special hinge/opener systems that allow the gate to raise as they swing in, these can be quite expensive, but for specific sites, this could be an excellent choice.


I see in the news where a person was injured by an automatic gate. How do you prevent injury? 
Unfortunately there are many substandard systems installers out there, providing systems that are a hazard to their users and a menace to the public, to save on cost, or make a profit. UL325 is the go-to standard for gate safety. It is written to utilize various types of entrapment protection, but also to identify any situations onsite that may jeopardize safety.


Are you certified? 
In order to provide you with the ultimate security and peace of mind, we enrolled in a program with the International Door Educational Association, and are fully certified as automated gate systems designer, to date, the only certified designer in 7 states.


What is the best way for me to limit future liabilities? 
Utilize quality for all your sensors and entrapment protection. Everything should be up to UL325 standards for equipment and design. In the event of a lawsuit, courts do not hold anyone blameless for not knowing the standards. If you and your designers have done your due diligence in researching and following safety standards, you will have a safer situation, but also in the event of litigation, the courts will appreciate your safety conscious approach.


How can I activate the gate? 
Previously, gates had telephone lines run to them, the call box literally called a phone inside the house, and was answered and a touchtone response allowed or denied access. However, lightning strikes are one of the biggest enemies of a gate operator, and with today’s wireless technology, the call box can simultaneously ring up to 3 telephone numbers.


What if the police, Fire Company or an ambulance need entry? 
All gates must have some means for emergency access. Some systems utilize high frequency sensors, to open in response to a siren, sometimes, a dedicated emergency key is given to the local emergency personnel; the most popular is known as the Knox Box. In this system, emergency personnel gain access to an enclosed box that contains a key which allows them to manually open the gate.


Can my gates be locked?
Yes, it does require a higher level of sophistication as your lock needs to release prior to gate operation. If lock does not deactivate first, this creates a situation where it is impossible for the operators to open the entrance, this can cause damage.


Are there any size restrictions? 
Theoretically, no, but to build a project with great confidence, some sizing needs to be taken into consideration. The larger the gate, the higher the susceptibility to issues down the road. It is recommended to have gate panels not to exceed 10ft in length.


Can you put exit loops into my existing driveway? 
Yes, it is possible to saw cut into your driveway. A ¼” wide cut is made to put the sensing wire into the ground. The cut is then sealed to prevent water from getting into the groove.


What if I have cobblestone or Belgium Block in my Driveway? 
The ideal solution is to have your exit loop installed before the stone is put down. In the event that it is existing, you can have the sensor wire installed into the mortar joint and have the joint re-mortared.


What is a Free Exit Loop?
A Free Exit Loop is a sensor loop within the driveway, it is typically close to the gate. For example the sensor will detect the vehicle, send the command to open the gate so that the vehicle can pass through.


Do I need more than one loop? 
Yes, according to UL325 you may need as many as 3 loops per land to have the gate open in sufficient time, yet allow timely opening of the gate and sense a vehicle that could be stopped within the path of the gate so that the gate cannot close on a vehicle. In some situations, you need an additional obstruction or shadow loop to ensure a safe operation.


Most important to remember: A gate should always give you a sense of safety and security, NEVER a threat or liability.