Portland Harbour

Portland Harbour

Frontier Pitts has developed an innovative range of perimeter entry-control equipment that delivers cost-effective traffic management for high-usage applications in low- to medium-security environments.

The Harbour at Portland has been under the control of the Portland Harbour Authority since the Ministry of Defence’s withdrawal from the dockyard. The Harbour Authority has redeveloped the protected waters into a commercial port, which is also used for leisure activities. The project included the installation of automatic barriers at the Port’s car parks. The Harbour Authority approached Frontier Pitts to supply and install the barriers. The Port’s requirements included allowing ease of access for the staff members whilst ensuring visitors are identified.

The company’s market-leading FBX Automatic Barrier was ideally suited for controlling constant access to and from the car park of the 6,700-acre, man-made, warm-water harbour.

On entry and exit, staff use a card reader system to operate the barriers. Visitors report to the guard lodge via the visitor lane. Once a visitor is identified they are issued with a windscreen identification pass and the barrier is operated from the guardhouse. A vehicle induction-loop system has been installed into the road surface to ensure the boom lowers safely once the vehicle has passed.

The FBX Automatic Barrier is manufactured in boom lengths up to 6m, up to 5m for booms with skirts, and each boom can be fitted with warning lights and signs to the customer’s specification. The FBX can be raised or lowered through a complete 90° arc in as little as 1.8 seconds, depending on boom length, with instantly reversible operation.

The FBX is designed for reliability and durability, featuring sealed-for-life, no-maintenance bearings on the drive shaft. Both barriers and control cabinet are supplied with a 20 year protective alkyd paint finish as standard.

The automatic barriers installed at Portland Harbour have been manufactured with lower folding skirts, pogo-stick end rests and a traffic light system. Other accessories available for FBX Automatic Barrier include a variety of warning signs, lights, an articulated boom, override key switch, magnetic locks for the end-rest, and a choice of pogo-stick or fixed end-rests. The FBX Automatic Barrier is designed and built in the United Kingdom.

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