Home Automation Provider Nice Releases UL 325-Compliant Gate Controller

Mercury 310 is the first Nice offering with two forms of entrapment detection built into the controller, enabling UL325 compliance with a single solution.

KENT, Wash. — Nice, a global manufacturer of smart home and building automation products, announces the release of the Mercury 310 residential gate operator controller, described as a simple-to-install controller engineered for UL 325 compliance for automated gate systems.

“With the release of Mercury 310, we are setting a new standard in ease of installation and use,” says Jon Eiche, product manager, residential & commercial gate for Nice North America. “We designed the Mercury 310 to keep automated gate control as simple as possible providing installers and owners a safer and more streamlined experience.”

Installers familiar with Nice gate controller will find familiarity in Mercury 310, which is as straightforward to install as previous products but now includes new features, according to the company.

Mercury 310 is an upgrade to existing residential gate controllers as it natively meets the UL 325 compliance by including two methods of entrapment detection (Type A and Type C). This industry standard exists to protect people and property from powerful and potentially harmful automated gate movement.

By integrating sophisticated internal motor frequency sensing, along with traditional current sensing, Mercury 310 is the first Nice offering with two forms of entrapment detection built into the controller, enabling installers to achieve UL 325 compliance with a single solution.

For added protection and maximum safety, Nice recommends using external photo eyes or edge sensors. Mercury 310 also automatically detects Nice BlueBUS photo eyes when connected. Additional safety features include speed regulation for soft-start and soft-stop functionality.

The user-interface of the Mercury 310 controller includes function selector knob, a USB port for easy firmware updates and a battery health alert LED that informs technicians when battery service or replacement is needed.

Mercury 310’s standby mode reduces power draw during periods of low usage, making it one of the most power-efficient controllers on the market, according to the company.

Mercury 310 comes solar-ready but can be installed on AC power using ACBOX, a new controller enclosure that includes a backup battery. On either solar or AC power, if the system battery should run low, Mercury 310 engages failsafe mode, which automatically opens the gate to hold in place, so owners are not locked in or out of a property.

The gate operator controller will be available for purchase in April through select distributors and is available as part of an all-inclusive linear actuator bundle, with the option to select either the Titan or Apollo linear actuators and receive all the products and parts needed for a single gate installation. Mercury 310 and ACBOX may be purchased standalone as well.

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