Brookhaven, GA, July 26, 2017 — The Post Reports — An ordinance tweak in the City of Brookhaven now requires all new gated developments install radio frequency identification (RFID) and siren operating sensor (SOS) systems to allow public safety access even if entry gates are unmanned.
For the 59 existing gated communities in Brookhaven, the City will bear the expense of retrofitting those at a cost of approximately $41,028.00. Existing gated developments have 12 months to comply.
“In an emergency, first responders lose precious time entering gated communities. Each development has a different protocol for access, and unmanned entrances become a real hindrance for immediate response,” said Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura in a release. “In a real emergency, a few extra minutes can be the difference between life and death.”
If a property fails to install and continuously maintain the required RFID/SOS gate access system in conformance with the provisions of the ordinance, they will be in violation of this ordinance and subject to penalty. The Brookhaven Fire Marshal will determine ordinance compliance.