In today’s world, security is an increasing concern for many companies. From the dangers posed by out-of-control crowds to the risk posed by intruders, management companies across Ireland are recognising the benefits of turnstile systems as one of the best ways of improving physical security and as a means of controlling employee and visitor access. Read on to learn more about the advantages of turnstile systems.
1. Improved Security
Improved security is the main reason for installing a turnstile system, which offers vastly superior access control via deterring and detecting unauthorised entrants. Turnstile gates only allow access to one person at a time, enforcing one-way traffic by means of a biometric pass, identity card or similar. The fact that only one person is allowed through at a time slows down the rate of human traffic and allows security staff plenty of time to spot potential trouble and intervene if necessary.
Of course, doors can also offer controlled access by the means of locks, codes and reader. However, doors do not solve the issue of how many people can enter at any one time – ‘tailgating’ is a common security issue when people try and follow illicitly behind someone who is authorised to enter the building. A turnstile system is an effective solution to this problem as it is impossible for more than one person to enter at a time – perfect for ticketed events.
2. Effective integration into a building’s access control system
One important consideration is the fact that turnstiles can easily integrate with other aspects of a building’s security control system, such as cameras, doors and other security equipment. Once installed, it is possible to be able to instantly identify the exact time and identity of anyone entering the building. Advance Access monitoring systems work in conjunction with alarms and other security controls to ensure that your company is as safe as possible at all times.
3. Greater flexibility for smooth operational running
A turnstile system can use a wide array of readers to authorise entry. This self-validation process lessens the workload on receptionists and security staff and saves time and money. An enormous amount of flexibility is possible to allow for the needs of the company.
The system can be set to ‘entry-only’ in the morning, for example, when large amounts of employees are arriving and switched to ‘exit-only’ in the evening. The gates can also be locked down at night or over the weekend when the facility is closed.
There are many types of turnstile and barriers systems available at Advance Access. The most durable are made from tough stainless steel and are available in many different heights, widths and styles.
The three main types of turnstile are:
- Optical – These are empty entrances that use infra red sensors to detect when a person is approaching through the barriers. Ideal for locations where physical barriers would be considered un aesthetically pleasing and intrusive. However, these can only be used indoors and are more expensive than the alternative.
- Full height turnstiles – These consist of rotating barriers that extend from the floor to the top of the barriers, such as these at Ravenhill Rugby Stadium, recently installed by Advance Access. Ideal for locations that require the highest levels of security such as military bases, nuclear plants and warehouse distribution centres. Suitable for use outdoors, but problematic for wheelchair users.
- Waist height systems – Popular in stations and other areas needing to control a large flow of people, such as stadiums, theme parks and museums, such as this example of a recent installation by Advance Systems, Access Control at the GPO 1916 Museum. Highly economical and effective, but may require a manned entrance for disabled users. The innovative speedgate style system can be seen at Ben Dunne Gyms across Ireland and are ideal for indoor use and is being rolled out at many other gyms across Ireland.
Whichever type is right for your setting, contact Advance Access to discuss the range of entrance and exit solutions, including customizable options. All are highly effective at improving security and crowd safety.