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And, just like that, we’ve reached the end of the year which, for many of us, means either returning to our home towns or going away on holiday.

But, as everyone reading this article can probably agree on, nothing ruins a holiday like constant worry; the anxiety of leaving one’s home unattended for an extended period of time can remove the joy out of a vacation. This anxiety can be severely exacerbated if there are multiple access holders to your home, ones that you would rather not have entering if you’re not around – for example the security man.

Would it make you feel better at ease knowing that, if you have a CENTURION gate motor installed at home, you can electronically lock down the entrance to your home? If the answer is yes, we have good news for you.

Many CENTURION gate motors offer a feature known as Holiday Lockout that, when enabled, inhibits all inputs on the controller and configures the operator to ignore triggers from all devices except the one that invoked the feature. What this means is no remotes will be able to operate the gate until the exact remote button that enabled the feature is pressed and “unlocks” the gate motor, helping to prevent unauthorised access while you are away.

It is remarkably easy to make use of this useful feature as we will demonstrate with the brief tutorial below, and requires precious little time and resources for the kind of reward you really can’t put a price on, namely peace of mind.  The most common means of controlling the feature is through an access control keypad or normally-closed key-switch, but our new generation operators also makes it possible to program a remote control button to activate and deactivate Holiday Lockout.

You can program one of your remote control buttons to activate the feature by following the simple steps below (the following applies to D-Series sliding gate operators):

  1. Press and hold the oblong enter button for two seconds to access the menu.
  2. Use the directional arrow buttons to scroll to the Remote Controls menu, and press the oblong button again, only momentarily this time.
  3. Select, using the oblong button, the very first sub-menu, called Add Remote.
  4. You will now be asked by the controller to select the function you wish the button to perform. Scroll to the Holiday Lockout option, and confirm your selection using the oblong button.

If you have activated Holiday Lockout by accident, there are a number of ways that you can deactivate it. You can either press the remote button that was used to lock the system, bridge the “Lck” terminal to one of the common terminals using a wire link, or default the controller*. If you’re unsure of how to perform the default operation, our support technicians can talk you through the process. Give us a call on +27 11 699 2481, or email us at [email protected]. If based in Nigeria, our Centurion Systems West Africa branch can assist you on 0700 CENTURION (236 887 466). We are also available on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to assist.

*Some of the older CENTURION controllers require a permanent wire link between Lck and Common if the feature is not being used.