Some people say that gate automation, next to escalators and lifts, is the next step in bringing human beings closer to the laziest creatures on earth. Organising automatically opening car doors and a vehicle that drives itself would really just be the cherry on top. Criticism of this nature, of course, generally comes from those who have not looked over the pros and cons.
Gate automation is a common addition to many South African households, offering an extra boost in security and also being a great time saving convenience. Used in conjunction with an intercom and CCTV camera system, the benefits are obviously massive.
The process is not as lengthily and time consuming as you may imagine, with the average automation system being installed in just one day. Once a gate motor is in place, maintenance is minimal and will likely not need to be revisited for two or more years.
A particular motor that has proved its reliability with the average South African gate weighing 500kgs is the Centurion D5. Here is a look at some of its features and specifics;  
In case of power failure a backup battery kicks in automatically and is capable of opening the gate a further ten times on stored electricity.
Optical sensors act as a “crush detectors,” preventing the gates from accidentally closing on a vehicle, person or any other obstacle that might stand in the way.
 The gate motor itself is a very robust device; completely waterproof by standard design and safe in even the harshest of storms. Lightening protection ensures that electrical surge will not burn out the interior PC boards. An oil cooling gear system avoids over heating and guarantees a very long life for the gear box. To put it all in perspective, the recommendation is that a gate should not operate more than 100 times in a single day, needless to say, a rather reassuring number for your average household.
So for all those who would rather get their exercise at the gym, and not when in a rush to get to work, gate automation is a must.