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Rising Bollards - Automatic Security Bollards (17)

Manual and automatic rising bollards can be installed in a variety of different applications. Automatic security bollards are robust and a high security method of preventing vehicular access

Typically rising bollards are installed in commercial environments but they can also be an added security in high risk residential areas.

Rising bollards are a great alternative to fixed posts, automatic electric gates and barriers. They allow regulation of traffic in specific areas with high vehicle flow such as pedestrian areas, parking, industrial sites etc.

Rising bollards are more flexible than automated gates as they can be retracted to allow access via remote key fobs, smartphone, the use of a timer or access control reader.

What Are Electrical Bollards?

Electrical Bollards are short posts that are made from metal, concrete, plastic, and other materials. They come in various heights. In addition, there are different types of bollards, including:

  • Static (always stay in the same position)

  • Manual (can be operated manually)

  • Semi-automatic (operated by gas)

  • Automatic (may be run by electricity)

Semi-automatic and automatic bollards have the ability to rise and lower as needed. You’ve probably noticed bollards in certain places, such as in front of buildings like hotels, government buildings, and more. But how can bollards be used?

How Are Bollards Used?

Bollards are used in many ways, including to:

  • Manage security for certain areas or buildings

  • Act as visual guides for traffic & landscaping

  • Provide protection for assets

  • Offer protection for pedestrians

Key Factors to Consider

Electrical Bollards are versatile fixtures that can be used in a wide variety of ways. So, it’s essential to choose the right bollard for the application you have in mind.

We’ve put together some factors and questions to ask when searching for the right bollards. The answers to these questions help determine the type of bollard needed for your application.

When searching for bollards, there are some factors to consider:


What function will the bollard provide?

  • Aesthetic addition

  • Safety

  • Security

  • Parking marker


  • What is the environment like?

  • Is there pre-existing concrete in the area?

  • What is the surface area like? (asphalt, concrete, etc.)

  • Are there underground utilities in the area (such as water lines, electrical, cable, etc.)

  • What is the level of the water table? (If this is high, it’s not possible for the bollard to be fitted or submerged).


  • Do the bollards need to be customised to make them stand out?

  • Is it possible to change the colour of the bollards?

  • Can a logo be added to the bollards?

Advantages of Bollards

Bollards come with several advantages, including:

Used in Different Sites

Bollards can be useful in different sites, including:

  • Commercial

  • Industrial

  • Residential

  • Anti-terror secure sites

  • Mark off pedestrian routes

  • And more

Create Order

Electrical Bollards are also beneficial in keeping order outside businesses and venues.

  • Help keep the area clear of vehicles whilst allowing pedestrian access

  • Bollards can keep entrances and exits orderly

Allow for Controlled Access

Bollards are beneficial in controlling access to a specific area:

  • Removing access to vehicles

  • Can be used to help the public know when an area is OK for general use (for instance, with retractable bollards. These may be raised for pedestrian only access at certain times, but lowered at other times to allow vehicle access.

  • Can be incorporated with any access control, ground loops, timers, and key fobs


Bollards are also useful to protect pedestrians and property:

  • Bollards can be used to protect pedestrians by creating a barrier between them and vehicles

  • They can also be used in front of buildings to keep vehicles from ramming the property

  • Bollards also prevent vehicles and traffic from mounting the curb or sidewalk