5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Installing Turnstiles and Flap Barriers
Thinking about installing turnstiles or flap barriers in your building? If you are, good on you as you’re taking the first step to creating more secure premises. Turnstiles and flap barriers do much more than just act as your building’s gateway or door. They provide several benefits that make them very valuable and worthwhile additions to any venue.
What Are Turnstiles and Flap Barriers?
Turnstiles and flap barriers are automated systems made up of sensors, barriers and access control systems that allow or prohibit entry or exit. They come in a number of different materials. designs and sizes to suit different needs, venues and applications.
Flap barriers have two flaps on either side that serve as physical barriers, limiting pedestrian access into a venue.
Turnstiles can be optical, which use infrared sensors to detect approaching people, and can operate with or without barriers. They can also be full height or waist high. Full height turnstiles have durable rotating barriers that extend from the ceiling to the floor much like revolving doors and provide enhanced security. Waist high turnstiles, on the other hand, have a tripod barrier arm that rotates at waist level.
Why Install Turnstiles and Flap Barriers?
You might think that having automated doors with access controls on your premises is a good enough security measure, but turnstiles and flap barriers turn this up a notch and offer so much more:
1. Increased Security and Control
While automatic doors with access controls offer some security, they’re often prone to ‘tailgating’, wherein intruders or unauthorised persons follow immediately after those with authorised access when they enter or exit premises. This compromises the area’s security, and also makes it difficult to track the exact number and identities of those coming in and out of a supposedly secure area.
With turnstiles or flap barriers, such instances can be eliminated. They allow for only one person to pass at a time, with the necessary valid credentials. After letting an authorised person pass, barriers close immediately. And some models can even detect tailgating, loitering or forced passage and trigger an alarm.
Letting just one person pass at a time gives security personnel time to inspect any suspicious characters, spot potential trouble and intervene if necessary. This also works well for crowd control. With automatic doors you could have any number of people passing through without valid access any time the doors open. With turnstiles and flap barriers however, only one person at a time may pass, effectively controlling large numbers of people entering such venues as stadiums, amusement parks and sports venues.
2. Full Access Control Integration
Turnstile entry systems can be fully integrated with a building’s access control and security system. Working in conjunction with CCTV cameras, automatic doors and other security equipment, turnstiles and flap barriers can effectively secure premises. If an intruder or unauthorised person is detected at the turnstile, an alarm can quickly be triggered, doors locked down and cameras turned on to detain the threat. With the integrated access control system, you’ll also be able to collect information such as the specific identities, and time and location of every person coming and going through exit and entrance points.
3. Time and Cost Savings
With these systems in place there is a lesser need for security or front desk personnel to check and verify identification. Authorised persons can simply present their ID cards or biometrics and gain access. This saves you from having to pay personnel to constantly man exit and entrance points, and also saves time by streamlining the exit and entrance of persons.
4. Operational Flexibility
Turnstiles and flap barriers have plenty of options to suit your specific operational needs. You can set them to operate in one direction or bi-directionally. Setting them for entry only works in cases such as in early morning hours when employees are coming into a building. You can then switch them to exit only at night. They can also be locked down when your facility is closed, or in free pass mode, which lets people pass freely without authorisation in the event of an emergency.
5. Additional Features
Turnstiles and flap barriers can be used to count admissions and procure pertinent information such as the number of people currently in the area, peak traffic hours, and whether or not there are still people remaining in the area. This is particularly useful for venues such as amusement parks and sports venues.
Another common use of turnstiles and flap barriers is enforcing payment at venues, where people cannot get in unless they have a paid ticket or access key. This is another very useful feature for amusement parks, sports venues and public transportation terminals.
To learn more about how turnstiles and flap barriers can benefit your business, or inquire about the best access control systems for your needs, get in touch with Rotech today on (07) 3205 1123.