CENTURION Mini Product Catalogue

Tuesday 19 March 2013

CENTURION Remains a Favourite at IFSEC West Africa 2013

So Brandon and Scott – our resident globetrotters – have just returned from IFSEC West Africa 2013, a little worse for wear but nonetheless eager to regale us with tales of adventure from the heart of the continent.

This has been the third consecutive year that CENTURION has exhibited at this show and, thanks to the support of our Lagos office and staff, we are really seeing a rapid increase in the gate automation market in Nigeria. In fact, so overwhelming has the response been that we will be returning there in April for a full week of comprehensive access automation training presented by our well-known and beloved training manager, Chris Grobler.

According to Brandon, seen below looking every bit the part of the suave debonair, the markedly positive thing about this year’s exhibition and the people visiting was the enthusiastic response to the name and brand “CENTURION”.
From left to right: Exports Sales Representative for Africa, Brandon Horn; Exports Manager, Scott Wilson; CENTURION West Africa Branch Manager, Ademola Okulaja.
He went on to say that clients are now specifying that they want CENTURION equipment as it has local product support and backup.

There were close on 70 new trade clients and interested homeowners and businessmen wanting CENTURION products guarding their homes, businesses, etc. And, as always, we’re more than happy to oblige!
All in all, the show was a great success, generating many new clients and reassuring our existing clients of our powerful presence in Nigeria and West Africa in general. Thank you to all who visited our stand, we really enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you and look forward to seeing you all at IFSEC West Africa 2014!

Friday 1 March 2013

D5-Evo: The Apex Predator of Gate Motors

It is not often that the worlds of natural science and access automation meet, but I do think that I have, quite by accident, found a parallel.
It was while channel surfing recently, perhaps sub-consciously scouring for material for our next blog post, that I happened upon a show about apex predators, and it got me thinking about our tried, tested and perfected sliding gate motor, the D5-Evo.
Here is something that has been designed to be the absolute best in its class: purpose-built, tenacious and completely unstoppable.
So what exactly is an apex predator?
Apex predators have been defined as predators with no natural predators of their own, thus residing at the very top of its food chain. To me, that sums up the D5-Evo perfectly. This superior sliding gate motor exists in a world of many competing operators, each vying for a place at the top of the access automation food chain, each snapping at the ankles of the powerful D5-Evo – the apex predator – but never really finding purchase. The D5-Evo remains the dominant operator.
It’s a bold claim, I know. So let’s take a quick look at why the D5-Evo is the saltwater crocodile (or tiger, or killer whale) of the access automation arena.
1.       Advanced diagnostics

This feature goes a long way towards establishing our benchmark motor as the undisputed alpha dog in its pack. A futuristic LCD display provides detailed information on everything from the battery and charger voltage to the amount of current being drawn when the gate is in motion to the ID number of the last remote pressed.
2.       Intruder-detection Alarm Modes
We’ve written a great deal about this functionality, and with good reason. Enable the Break-in Alarm, and you’ll be notified the moment that someone loiters in front of your gate thanks to the controller’s onboard alarm being triggered. Similarly, the Ambush Alarm will notify you should the beams remain interrupted for a pre-defined period of time, so criminals won’t get away with sticking insulation tape over the beam lenses. Remember, you have the apex predator standing guard!
3.       Multiple operating features
One characteristic of an apex predator is that it has evolved to adapt remarkably well to its environment. In much the same fashion, we have designed the D5-Evo to be fully configurable to suit any site conditions. From adjustable ramp-up and ramp-down distances, to Positive Close Mode and ultra-safe collision sensitivity, the D5-Evo is the master of its environment.
4.       Onboard timer technology
This feature is one of my favourites. Those of you with a working knowledge of ancient Greek will know that the word “chronos” means of or related to time, and it makes a fitting prefix to our built-in, ultra-advanced timer technology known as ChronoGuard. ChronoGuard allows you to set automatic activations for certain times of the day, month or year and even includes a time-barring feature whereby certain inputs can be barred from working after hours, during public holidays, etc. This is absolutely groundbreaking functionality as far as the marriage of access automation and perimeter security goes.
What can we say? The apex predator has brains!