At Statcomm, we are proud of the reputation we’ve built as one of the Bay Area’s premier providers of safety and access control services and installations for all kinds of facilities, businesses and communities. Our care and attention to detail blends the best in security and safety with fast ingress and egress when it matters most. We’d like to take this opportunity to give you an in-depth look at just one of the many services we offer by showing you from start to finish one of our residential commercial projects, a replacement of the swing gate opener (operator) for a gated community. By the time we’re done, we think you’ll agree Statcomm’s skills set us apart from the competition. Let’s take a closer look!

Removing the old equipment properly is the first step in a great installation, because if this part isn’t done right the first time, no matter what name is on the machinery the next steps will be off. This can be a serious issue because access control requires a strict adherence to tolerances to work correctly. When the tolerances aren’t obeyed, the result can not only look sloppy, but create potentially dangerous situations in case of emergencies.


The next step was to install the swing gate operator.

Cody installing new gate operator

Step #2 Installing New Gate Operator

This component is the heart of the automatic gate assembly, allowing the system to function properly. Because of this, it needs to be beefy enough to withstand the demands of authorized in-and-out traffic while also being formidable enough to withstand attempts at tampering. Here we see two of our crew preparing to install a Viking T-21 Swing Operator.

Step three may be the most crucial part: the wiring.

staff from statcomm installing a new gate operator

Step #3 Connect Wiring To New Unit

When the old machinery was removed, the wiring that remained had to be carefully checked for wear, damage and shorts and then attached to the new wiring harness precisely. If the wiring is faulty, active barriers like this gate can either become open doors that cannot be closed or solid walls that cannot be opened. From either the safety, security or convenience standpoint, this is not an ideal situation, making careful and accurate wiring a key part of the installation process.


Step four is where tolerances become extremely exacting: setting the geometry of the swing arm.


Adjusting geometry

Step #4 Adjusting Swim Arm Geometry To Exact Measurements

This is the part that determines how wide the gate can open, at what height the gate must be held to not damage the pavement beneath and at what points the swing arm must be connected to the gate to ensure it functions properly. When the geometry is set correctly, the result is a smoothly functioning access system that reduces wear and tear on the movingparts of the system and grants them a longer lifespan with more reliability and efficiency.

Step five involves welding the support struts and braces to the gate itself.

welding support strut

Step #5 Welding Support Struts To Swing Arm

At this point, any errors in the previous steps will make themselves known very quickly, because the gate either will not sit in the proper attitude or the swing arm will not operate as smoothly as it should. While this is possibly the most “forgiving” aspect of the installation, if the welds are not made properly or at the wrong places, the geometry of the gate and swing arm assembly can be thrown off, causing issues such as the ones described earlier.

Step six includes setting up and adjusting the safety systems which prevent injury and damage to vehicles, people and pets.


Step #6 Setting Up And Adjusting The Safety Systems

Optical sensors play a key role in the safety systems, detecting obstructions to the assembly and serving as a trigger for the other safety redundancies which are built into the system.

In the final step, the gate is programmed with the access methodology and safety protocols and the proper function of the assembly is tested and verified.


another great installation by statcomm

Last Step: Programing New Gate Operator And Testing New Unit

When everything is done correctly, the system operates precisely as intended, in a manner that blends safety, security and aesthetic value into one seamless, fluidly functioning installation. Here we see the final product, and if we say so ourselves, this access looks terrific. The community residents and managers thought so too!

Of course, there’s a lot more to Statcomm than just gate installation. We also sell, install and service fire suppression and safety equipment from some of the biggest and best-known names in the industry as well as keycard entry readers, active barriers, fire doors, alarm systems and much more! At Statcomm, we understand that there is a lot more to safety and security than just a door here and a fire extinguisher there. Let us show you how affordable and effective it can be to upgrade your existing systems or design-build one from the ground up. For more information, contact us at (650) 988-9508 or visit to arrange a consultation!