Touchless Technology Solution | Sanitation Control
All Rotech vehicle and pedestrian access control products can be integrated with touchless or other technologies to provide fast, safe, secure access solutions.
HYGIENE IS PARAMOUNT – SANITATION CONTROL
Providing the highest quality product possible Is a top priority for one of Australia’s leading seafood companies. Implementing quality assurance procedures to efficiently manage hygiene levels at their processing sites was pivotal to achieving this goal.
Rotech was able to assist them with hygiene control and monitoring access to the production area.
A ROTECH SMART SOLUTION IN ACTION
Managing entry and exit into production areas
Access to the production area is controlled by our TriStar Waist Height Turnstile which is integrated with the facility’s access control system.
Workers scan their keycard at the turnstile recording their movement in and out of the production area while restricting access to anyone unauthorised to enter.
Ensuring a high level of hygiene was maintained
All workers were required to pass through a sanitising area where they walk through an automated foot bath before disinfecting their hands at an alcohol disinfectant spray unit, which automatically sprays when they put their hands under it.
The TriStar turnstile was also integrated with this spray unit and until workers disinfected their hands, the turnstile would prevent their access to the production area.
Equipment needed to work consistently and reliably in a harsh and wet environment
The sanitising room undergoes a thorough cleaning every night to maintain hygiene. The TriStar turnstile, constructed of 316, food-grade, stainless steel and suitable for food processing and handling facilities. It’s IP65 rated enclosure made it completely waterproof and highly durable in this tough environment.
Whether it is a food manufacturing facility or a hospital – Rotech has been at the forefront of innovating new ways to create efficient access control solutions for virtually any situation.
With the pandemic heightening our awareness of all the things we touch Rotech has the expertise and the products to provide touchless access control solutions for all types of situations. For more information about our touchless technology solutions call Alan on (07) 3205 1123 or email us
Microwave Vs Infrared Activation Sensors – What’s the Difference?
When it comes to automatic door sensors, there are two primary options that you can choose from: microwave sensors and infrared sensors. But what exactly is the difference between these two sensors? And which would make a better door sensor?
These two types of motion sensors are the most common ones you’ll find in commercial buildings, and it’s not hard to figure out why– both work efficiently at detecting moving people and objects, and immediately opening automatic doors.
To answer these questions, let us first break down how each one works.
The Infrared Sensor
The infrared sensor works by measuring the infrared light radiating from the objects in its field of view. All objects with a temperature above absolute zero emit heat energy in the form of radiation. This radiation cannot be seen by the human eye, but can be detected by electronic devices like the infrared sensor.
The infrared sensor conducts an analysis of a room or surrounding areas, and looks for a change in infrared energy. Should it detect a change, such as the presence of a moving person in the proximity, it will emit a pulse activating the automatic door sensors, which in turn prompts the doors to open.
Infrared sensors are also known as Passive Infrared Sensors. ‘Passive’ here refers to the fact that these sensors do not emit or generate energy for detection purposes; they work simply by detecting infrared radiation emitted or reflected from objects.
The Microwave Sensor
The microwave movement sensor works quite differently to the infrared sensor. It applies the Doppler effect in that it sends out microwave signals and measures the length of time it takes for these signals to bounce off of surrounding objects and return to it. This echo time is what it uses to calculate the distance of stationary objects around it. It first establishes a baseline room or area analysis to detect the current distance of all surrounding objects. When something comes into the detection area thereby interrupting the microwave signals and altering the echo time, it perceives this as a change in distance from the object and this sets off its trigger.
The microwave sensor works much like a RADAR or SONAR system, sending out signals to measure its distance from objects. But the microwave sensor can also detect motion through wood, plastic, glass and most other construction materials except metal. Metal acts as a shield, creating dead zones behind them. This can be both an advantage and disadvantage to the microwave sensor.
Now that we know what the difference is between the two, it’s time to answer the question: which is better? The answer however isn’t clear cut:
- Microwave sensors are highly sensitive and are able to detect motion even through thin walls. In this sense, they are more powerful than infrared sensors. But because of their sensitivity, they can easily get triggered erroneously or trigger false alarms. They sense movement in terms of speed and size, and so they can be triggered by things that normally shouldn’t trigger a sensor like trees blowing in the wind, moving drapery or movement beyond walls. Even fluorescent lighting, which emits detectable light particles, can activate the sensor and trigger it.
- Infrared sensors on the other hand, are less prone to such false alarms. But since they detect movement through heat and light, their performance can be affected by the ambient temperature. Often their sensitivity is compromised when the ambient temperature reaches beyond 35℃. The opposite happens in very cold temperatures wherein they become extremely sensitive. Microwave sensors are more stable in this sense, operating properly even at temperatures as low as -20℃ and as high as 45℃.
- Since infrared sensors detect movement through body heat – they are ideal for situations that require defined detection, such as in front of a doorway or down a walkway. But they must be installed in just the right position to provide effective coverage.
- Microwave sensors are great for just about any environment. They can provide fine motion-sensing whether in high heat, a large indoor commercial area, or large outdoor area that may be awkwardly shaped. This makes them one of the most versatile of sensors.
- Microwave sensors often have a longer lifespan than infrared sensors. They’re also one of the oldest and most relied on sensor technologies, but can be more expensive to run since they require more power.
- Since microwave sensors work at intervals – meaning they first emit signals and then receive them- it’s possible that someone or something moving fast enough may not be detected.
So which sensor would be better for your automatic door? Generally, infrared sensors are more suitable for smaller, more compact entryways and well-controlled, indoor spaces, whereas microwave ones are good for large areas. But who says you need to choose anyway?
With Rotech’s selection of commercial automatic door sensors, you can get both infrared and microwave technology in one! We also have a great selection of microwave only and infrared only door sensors. Take a look at our product range today!
Mansfield State High School – Not Your Average Construction Site
With 2800 students currently enrolled and expectations for this to soar to 3,000 in 2020, Mansfield State High School has embarked on a significant expansion of its facilities to accommodate current and anticipated future growth.
Student safety during construction
Health & Safety is always a top priority during any construction project but never is this more important than during a build in an active school environment.
The new multipurpose hall being built on the school grounds presented a significant safety challenge for the developers:
- 2,800 students needing access to the sports field
- many loads of materials and heavy machinery requiring access around the edge of the sports field to get to the construction site.
As a new build, the groundwork was a key aspect of the project and requires a lot of heavy machinery. Additionally, construction deliveries, are a frequent and unavoidable part of any construction project. Eliminating risk isn’t easy.
Rotech was tasked by specialist access control company Que Access to provide a temporary safe crossing for students and teachers while facilitating Contractor access/exit requirements from the street to the construction site.
Boom gates pair up to manage traffic flow
An intelligent automatic boom gate system was installed by Que Access to manage vehicle and pedestrian access where they intersect.
Pedestrian access was controlled by two Bionik AG Automatic Boom Gates fitted with a fence on each pole to prevent students from ducking underneath. Under normal circumstances, the pedestrian access boom poles remain open allowing students/teachers to move freely in and out of the sports field.
Vehicle access is also controlled by two Bionik AG Automatic Boom Gates which remain in the closed position until activation. Construction traffic travels along a temporary fenced roadway, on reaching the pedestrian access gates the driver pushes a button to gain entry through the intersection.
Automated Access Procedure
When construction vehicles reach the pedestrian access gates the driver pushes a button which initiates the following automated procedure:
- Red LED lights flash on the pedestrian boom pole and a siren sounds a warning to pedestrians that the gates are about to close
- 15 seconds later, if all students/teachers have cleared the intersection, the pedestrian access boom gates close
- Safety PE beams prevent the vehicle access gates from opening and closing if there is any obstruction such as a person in the intersection.
- Once pedestrian gates are fully closed the vehicle access boom gates automatically open allowing traffic to move through the intersection.
- When pedestrians are clear of the pathway an electrical interlock sends a signal to the controller to close the vehicle access gate.
- Once the intersection is empty and the vehicle access gate is fully closed the pedestrian access gate re-opens.
- The LED lights turn green indicating the intersection is safe for students/teachers to pass through.
The automatic boom gates were mounted on 20 mm thick steel base to keep them stable while allowing for relocation when required.
If you have a difficult access control situation where safety is a priority, we have the products and expertise to develop tailored solution, whether permanent or temporary. Call Alan Roberts on 07 3250 1123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
6 Benefits of Covering your Business Entry Points with Door Activation Sensors
Your front doors are the main entry points through which customers or clients enter your business premises. They’re one of the first things people see of your business and as such, should not only be efficient but present a positive image of your business. So how can you make your business entry points welcoming and impressive, and secure at the same time?
THE ANSWER: door activation sensors.
Door sensors give your business an impressive entry point through the efficient control of automatic doors, as well as keep your entry points secure. Through an active infrared sensor, microwave sensor or both, doors automatically open and close for customers or clients, and stay locked when it is no longer operating hours.
Such capabilities are certainly impressive, but these are by no means the only benefits of having an automatic sliding door – here are several others:
1. Easier entrance and exit monitoring
With door sensors as part of your overall business security system, you can better monitor the people coming in and out of your premises. Persons or objects need to be standing within a detection area around entry points in order to trigger sensors and consequently open doors. This guarantees a moment where people can be clearly seen coming in and out of a premises through entry point CCTV cameras.
2. Remote control
Many automatic door sensors have remote controls, which allow you to conveniently set sensor parameters remotely.
3. Energy savings
You might think that having automatic door sensors will only add to your energy costs, but they can actually help lessen them. Indoor heating and cooling systems usually consume the most energy within a building. Having constantly open doors can significantly increase the energy needed for these systems to maintain indoor temperatures.
By installing automatic door sensors, you limit the amount of time that doors remain open, thereby preserving indoor temperature and conserving the energy needed to maintain it.
Many door activation sensors are also very energy efficient in themselves, consuming very little energy to operate efficiently. Some can even distinguish between pedestrian or vehicular traffic and open doors or entryways only up to the size of the opening required, further increasing energy efficiency.
4. Easy entrance and exit for materials and supplies
If your business or facility often receives large deliveries of materials and supplies; or if your business needs to move goods in bulk regularly, door activation sensors are essential. These will allow easy entrance and exit of large, bulky items.
5. Easy entrance for people with disabilities
This is especially necessary for hospitals and other medical facilities where persons are wheeled in on wheelchairs and stretchers, or have disabilities and require assistance when going through doors. Door activation sensors make it so that these people don’t need to exert any effort to go through doors.
6. Lesser maintenance and assorted costs
Because doors or access points need not be touched when door activation sensors are present, damage to doors or sensors due to pedestrian use or direct contact is minimised or even eliminated. This means you spend less time and money on maintenance, and they last longer than most other types of entry systems.
With all these benefits, door activation sensors give you great value for money and are a definite must for every business premises. Make sure your business doesn’t miss out on these benefits– enquire about our range of commercial door activation sensors now by calling (07) 3205 1123.
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.
Access Control Systems Ensure West Gate Tunnel Workers’ Safety
The Monash Freeway upgrade, access improvements for Webb Doc and the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel are city-shaping projects that will provide quicker and safer journeys for Melbourne commuters.
West Gate Tunnel – 5 Years in the Making
Providing an alternative to the West Gate Bridge the West Gate Tunnel will be a much needed second river crossing.
Two state-of-the-art boring machines building the twin tunnels started their journey at the northern portal on Whitehall Street, Footscray and are moving south-west towards the southern portals in the West Gate Freeway.
Behind the boring machines, a mobile factory installs a concrete lining, forming the walls, roof and base of the tunnel. Followed by crews of up to 20 people who build the road surface and install electrics, ventilation and safety system.
For more information about the West Gate Tunnel Project visit the West Gate Tunnel webpage
Managing the Workforce
With over 3,000 people currently working on the project keeping track of, managing and protecting every person on site is a mammoth undertaking.
Underground excavation and tunnelling is a high risk, hazardous activity. As such mining operators are responsible for ensuring strict compliance with Occupational Health and Safety regulations to protect workers from injury or death.
Controlling access to high risk or restricted areas and managing the movement of the site-based workforce, contractors and visitors is crucial to the prevention and minimisation of risks to the health and safety of both employees and the public.
A leader in workforce management software as a service, Damstra Technology is providing essential systems for mining operators and other project construction contractors to monitor, manage, keep track and protect their employees.
Australian-made turnstiles – on the job
Requiring reliable, high-performance physical entry and exit barriers that could be teamed with their sophisticated site and access control technology Damstra chose Rotech.
Eight F21 full height turnstiles have been delivered to various tunnel project locations. Their role is to secure perimeters, prevent unauthorised entry and control access to high danger zones.
Rotech’s Australian made TriStar F21 full height turnstiles work seamlessly with the Damstra’s hi-tech workforce management and access control software. Performing a vital role in creating a safe and secure operating environment for all personnel the turnstiles allow:
- Employee swipe cards record arrival and departure times for calculating wages
- The access control system records and monitors who is on site and their location. Critical information in an emergency where site management and safety crews need to know the location and how many personnel on site
- Limits access to one person at a time – there’s no tailgating of an unauthorised person following an authorised one
- A bi-directional turnstile means the TriStar can be set to entrance only, exit only or used in both directions
- High, wide entrance allows easy entry for personnel wearing hard hats and carrying tools.
Why Rotech’s TriStar F21 Full Height Turnstile?
The TriStar is the first Australian-made product of its type, created to provide customers with a safe and secure method of access control with multiple optional features and customisation options:
- Ideal for construction sites, a portable base and solar power options allow it to be used in remote locations or situations without access to mains power
- A high-capacity drive mechanism with a 5 year warranty
- Strong galvanised frame and rotor preventing forced entry
- The turnstile roof design prevents unauthorised and unseen entry at unattended exits
- Status indication system provides the ability to see whether the turnstile secure i.e. the entry/exit is closed or freewheeling
- On power failure, the built-in relay automatically initiates the battery back system and sets off a warning siren. This means in situations where power is down the turnstile can continue to function normally for up to 3000 cycles without mains power.
Make an enquiry
If you would like further information about this or other safety and security combinations for your premises call us on 07 3250 1123 or email email@example.com
SafePass Automatic “Door” Learn Sensors
Many people pass through automatic sliding doors in office buildings, shopping centres, hospitals, schools, airports etc every day. Motion and infrared sensors play a critical role in ensuring automatic sliding doors are efficiently and safely while allowing smooth flowing convenient pedestrian access in and out of buildings.
Advances in direction detection and infrared technologies continue to enable better solutions for the safe operation of all kinds of automatic doors operating in a wide variety of environments. Our two active infrared sensor products; the SSR-3 combined technology sensor and the HR100-CT uni-directional active infrared sensor, use unique innovative “door learn technology” to provide unmatched pedestrian safety.
What is “Door Learn Technology” and how does it work?
The unique ability of the “Door Learn” function to memorize door motion and for sensors to look back inside the sliding door leaf allows the door operation to be ignored while anything in the doorway will be detected. The result – an unparalleled level of pedestrian safety.
Active Infrared sensors transmit and measure the reflection levels of infrared light. They have a high immunity to the negative effects of external influences such as reflections, sunlight and artificial light. These sensors are easy to install and adjust and can detect motion and static presence.
- On set up the “Door Learn” function runs. Sensors take a snapshot of the reflection levels from the ground.
- The infrared safety curtain is focused both in front of as well as inside the moving door leaf.
- Three 3 rows of light are changed from motion detection to presence.
- Now any changes in the properties of the reflected wave will indicate that a person or object is in the detection area and cause the sensor relay to activate and the door to open.
SAFEPASS SSR-3 Infrared & Microwave Automatic Door Sensor
With “Door Learn” and uni-directional detecting technology this innovative energy saving sensor can be mounted at heights of up to 3.2m.
A large adjustable detection zone of 4m wide x 4m deep ensures timely door opening for doors approached by shopping trolleys or fast-moving traffic. The EN16005 compliant monitored safety system is also available with an emergency escape route versions.
SAFEPASS HR100-CT Uni-directional Detection Automatic Door Sensor
Using advanced infrared technology this pioneering super sensor offers automatic sliding door activation and unprecedented safety at mounting heights of up to 3m.
The HR100-CT’s easily adjustable detection area eliminates false door openings in busy urban environments. The monitored safety system features dual relay outputs. This ability to adjust the door activation and pedestrian safety detection zones independently makes it the ideal sensor for every sliding door installation.
Use SafePass Sensors with confidence
- Minimise return site visits – Fast reaction times, consistent, reliable sensor performance in a wide range of installation and climatic environments.
- Reduce Building Energy Loss – Accurately adjustable detection area reduces false door activation cutting building energy losses by as much as 15%.
- Certification – All SafePass Sensors are TUV certified to DIN18650 Standards.
- Designed for Easy Install – Installation instructions are clearly printed on the sensor body.
- Simple dip switch settings, standard connections across all products, enables commissioning in a matter of minutes.
- Warranty – All active infrared sensors are backed by a 5 Year manufacturing warranty.
- Manufactured in Japan since 1968 – globally recognised as a market leader in the design and manufacture of sensors.
Our range of microwave and infrared advanced technology door activation sensors has all your business entry points covered. Call us to find out which one will best suit your needs.
Improving Safety and Security with Turnstiles
Controlling access is one of the greatest security and safety challenges for property and event managers. They have a responsibility to protect customers and their own staff from threats ranging from armed robbery right up to terrorist attacks.
The great benefit of turnstiles is that only one person at a time can enter a building or enclosure – there’s no tailgating of an unauthorised person behind an authorised one.
This means turnstiles have a major part to play in creating a safe environment for staff and customers, whether it’s at industrial premises, a sports event, concert or even a Boxing Day sale.
In fact, Security Magazine reported in January that sales of turnstiles have increased markedly in the past few years because of increased security fears around the world.
The benefits of turnstiles
Turnstiles slow foot traffic, giving security and reception staff a chance to spot trouble before it occurs. They monitor and manage the movement of visitors and staff, permitting a steady flow of people so tickets can be checked, passes validated and numbers counted.
The modern breed of turnstiles can be integrated with other security features such as swipe cards or cameras, with employee time cards to record arrival and departure times, and with bar code readers to detect pilfering and theft on exit.
They can also be used to prevent unauthorised entry – whether intentional or not – to secure or dangerous areas such as construction, industrial or mining sites.
Australian-made turnstiles with Rotech
Rotech’s TriStar Full Height Turnstile is the first Australian-made product of its type and comes with multiple security and safety options.
- It is bi-directional and can be set to entrance only, exit only or used both ways, then locked outside opening hours.
- A soft start and stop feature makes it easy to use, even for a small child.
- High, wide entrance allows easy entry for personnel wearing hard hats and carrying tools.
- The frame and rotor are galvanised, and stainless steel is an option.
- High-capacity drive mechanism supports all types and sizes of rotating arms.
- Battery back-up can operate the turnstile to for up to 3000 cycles during power outages.
- Turnstile roof prevents unauthorised and unseen entry at unattended exits.
- Compatible with all access control systems.
- Can incorporate an alcohol breathalyser to prevent entry to working sites by personnel who have been drinking.
- Optional solar panel operation for remote areas or building sites.
Rotech prides itself on bringing the latest trends in automated security to Australia. Contact us to discuss how our turnstiles can help boost safety and security at your premises or major event.
How Retail Gates Can Help Stop Thieves in Their Tracks
Theft is a key concern for retail businesses around the world. Figures from the Global Retail Theft Barometer, published by Inside Retail, reveal that shoplifting and employee theft are the biggest causes of retail shrinkage, which costs Australian retailers nearly $3 billion every year.
Let’s take a look at some trends in retail theft, and how retail security gates can help supermarkets and other retail stores to deter thieves.
Risk factors and trends in retail theft
The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) states there are a number of risk factors and trends in retail theft. These include:
- Store floorplans with numerous exits and easy-access change rooms can give sticky-fingered shoppers the chance to conceal goods and slip out undetected.
- Stores without security guards or gates have an increased theft risk.
- Teenagers make up a huge chunk of the shoplifting population.
- Catching shoplifters is difficult and rarely happens.
- Background checks and well-communicated anti-theft policies can be useful in cutting down on employee theft.
The role retail security gates can play in deterring theft
According to the AIC, research shows that access control is one of the most effective measures, alongside employee education, for reducing theft within a retail setting. Interestingly, the combined research studies note the impact of standalone CCTV as unclear and suggests it is most effective when implemented as part of a larger multi-faceted approach, while access control showed marked effectiveness on six out of seven occasions.
How Rotech can help
At Rotech, we specialise in access control solutions. Our Bulwark HB automatic supermarket gate is a functional and reliable access solution for all retail environments, including:
- Liquor stores
- Automotive and discount stores
- Gymnasiums and sporting venues
The Bulwark is safe, fast and secure, featuring electronic sensing monitors, adjustable microwave radar that allows for fast opening as soon as a person is detected, anti-tampering mechanisms that sound an alert if someone tries to force the gate and can be reset without expert knowledge, and a durable 6mm thick steel housing.
The chrome finish looks polished and attractive, and suits all retail settings. You can even add matching barrier rails and posts to guide customers beyond the pay point. Set up couldn’t be simpler. Operating optimisation and testing occurs in our workshop, allowing for an economical installation at your premises.
When it comes to retail theft, the old adage about prevention being better than cure rings true. When shoplifters or thieves aren’t caught, goods aren’t recovered. Restricting access with an automatic gate makes it harder for a thief to abscond – so much harder they might even reconsider pilfering the product in the first place.
The Bulwark HB automatic supermarket entrance gate is one of many solutions in Rotech’s range of retail security gates. Talk to us about how we can help you reduce the risk of theft in your retail business.
Trends in Controlling Pedestrian Movement
Whether a stadium, entertainment venue or large commercial business, if your premises plays host to large numbers of people, then the control of pedestrian movement is essential.
Safety is the number one concern. Regulating the movements of customers, clients, visitors, and external contractors is an important risk mitigation strategy for any business. Second to that is security, including protection against theft of goods.
The options for controlling pedestrian movement have evolved with the need for increased safety and security and faster more efficient operation. Manual gates are still valuable in the right circumstances, but automated options – including turnstiles, pedestrian barriers, flap barriers, and rapid access gates – have raised the bar.
Let’s look at some of the latest products available to manage pedestrian movement.
These can range from full height security turnstiles, for situations where access to sensitive areas needs close monitoring, to waist height turnstiles – an excellent access limitation measure to enable basic clearance checks.
These are great for areas with a lot of foot traffic, such as sporting venues and office buildings. Some models even include memory storage, which remembers the number of swipe cards presented and keeps the turnstile unlocked until the last person to swipe their card has passed.
Flap pedestrian barriers offer a modern sophisticated look and are an ideal security measure for entry points into businesses requiring an additional level of screening.
They are fast and suited to high-volume foot traffic areas. They also prevent pedestrian ‘tailgating’ and entry from the incorrect direction; an added security feature not provided by swing gates and waist-high turnstiles.
Drop Arm rapid access gates
Drop arm access gates have two major advantages over turnstiles and flap barriers.
Sleek cabinet designs fit into areas where normal turnstiles would not and the wider passageway allows access for wheelchairs and contractors with bulky work equipment.
Automatic and manual pedestrian gates
These security solutions are perfect to prevent shoplifting from supermarkets, pharmacies, liquor stores and other retailers.
Radars or beams detect movement and open the gate as customers enter the shop. When combined with barrier rails they guide the customer past the checkout and prevent customers exiting through the entrance without paying.
Manual gates are also a great low-cost choice for closing checkouts and restricting access to areas with lower foot traffic.
There are many great options available to control pedestrian movement and add a layer of security to your commercial or industrial premises. Contact us for a discussion of your business’s requirements.
How automated gate openers boost security and profit
It doesn’t matter whether you operate an industrial, commercial or retail business – you are not immune to theft.
It is increasingly important to understand how to better protect your property, minimise your business’s vulnerability to opportunistic thieves and increase your profitability.
Factors such as:
- reduced investment in loss prevention methods by businesses
- a perception pilfering is a low risk/non-offensive crime
- the ease of sale of stolen goods online
means businesses face ever increasing challenges and losses due to theft.
Losses due to theft are an avoidable chunk of revenue that could be lifting your bottom-line
Research undertaken by the Australian Institute of Criminology highlighted access control as an important tool businesses should include in their crime prevention strategy…
“Access control aims to increase the effort associated with committing an offence, usually though the
alteration of the physical environment or surroundings to make crimes more difficult.”
Using automated internal and external gates and barriers to control access is a proven and highly effective method of preventing unauthorised access and managing security.
Using automated gates to improve security and profitability
There is increasing local and international concern about crimes against small business. Australia has over 1.9 million small businesses and proportionally there are more crimes committed against businesses than households – the most common being burglary followed by theft.
Australian Federal Police statistics show workplace theft costs Australian businesses about $1.5 billion a year and the problem is growing.
If your industrial yard, warehouse or commercial business is prone to theft using an automated gate can be an effective and efficient solution.
Teamed with remote control, key card or keypad options – using an automatic gate opener to control heavy-duty swing gates and sliding gates can significantly prevent access for unauthorised vehicles and would-be burglars.
Depending on the nature of your business, automatic boom gates may provide a better alternative to swing or sliding gates as they allow for fast vehicle access while allowing security guards to manage stock control at exit points.
Alternatively, full height turnstiles are becoming a popular option for businesses that require a high level of pedestrian security for visitors and recording time and attendance of employees. Combined with an anti-climb mesh and a card reader, a full height turnstile is highly effective method of restricting access.
Human error can foster opportunistic crime – how many times have you or a staff member forgotten to close the gate after entering or exiting? By installing an automated gate opener you won’t need to worry about entry points accidentally being left wide open for thieves. An adjustable automatic close timer minimises the time available to pass through the gate making it difficult for unauthorised access.
No power – no problem
In the event of a power failure, automatic gate openers can be operated via a battery pack, which can increase the security in times of vulnerability, providing peace of mind that property is protected whatever the circumstances.
If you are thinking about upgrading your business security, Rotech can help, providing a full range of automated gate openers, boom gates, turnstiles and supermarket gates. Talk to the experts about solutions for protecting your bottom line.
Boom Gates Protecting our most vulnerable pedestrians
Road accidents are one of the highest causes of child deaths and injuries in Australia. The most prevalent area for vehicle accidents, after the home, is at school. The sad part of this is most of these accidents are preventable.
- 204 pedestrians under the age of 14 were killed in locations outside the home
- 4,440 were seriously injured vehicle accidents, including instances of low-speed run-over
- 14% of deaths occurred in car parks and roads in places such as schools, universities, hospitals, factory premises and so on – where we would expect vehicles to be travelling at low speeds and performing low-speed manoeuvres.
Department of Infrastructure and Transport report on Child Pedestrian Safety: ’driveway deaths’ and ‘low-speed vehicle run-overs’, Australia, 2001–10
Safety within our schools has highest priority
Traffic and parking problems are significant issues for schools and are putting children at risk of being injured or worse, particularly during drop off and pick up times. Children by nature are impulsive, easily distracted and have little sense of danger. Many incidents of school car park pedestrian accidents across Australia has moved schools to look for ways to better manage the safety and well-being of pupils.
Conscious of their obligations schools place a high priority on implementing appropriate measures to prevent physical injury to pupils when the children are under their control.
Mooloolaba State School – acts to protect its most valuable assets
As part of its concerns for the welfare of its pupils and given the layout of its grounds Mooloolaba State School sought to make access to its grounds safer.
A key issue was that parents were ignoring the designated drop off area and driving through the main gates to the teachers car park. The teacher’s car park is generally a restricted zone and despite being designated “out of bounds” for students and unauthorised vehicles there was nothing to prevent access to this area.
What was needed was the ability to strictly control the access into the teacher’s car parking area during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-ups.
When a road is not a road – you need a boom gate
Although the road entry to the teacher’s car park was already gated – the gate needed to be left open during the day to allow convenient vehicle access.
The best solution for this situation was to install a boom gate with a timer that closes the boom gate during drop off times and re-opens after school has started. A keypad allows teachers, administration staff and authorised visitors access to the area during the period the boom gate is down. The system requires no supervision and is fully automatic.
There was no available mains power supply at the location which would normally necessitate digging up the driving way to lay power cables. However choosing to install Rotech’s Sector 12vdc automatic boom gate was the ideal product to address Mooloolaba State Schools requirements.
The Sector automatic boom gate is low voltage, high speed, battery driven, safety sensing and designed for high-volume traffic control environments. Adding the solar powered option meant there was no need to run high voltage cables to the gate which was a significant saving to the cost of installation.
We understand parents give considerable weight to safety and security when selecting a school for their child to attend and were pleased to have enabled Mooloolaba State School with its commitment to protecting its pupils.
Rotech Boom gate and pedestrian Gate combo saving lives
Workplace Health & Safety Laws in Australia are among the toughest in the world. While a safe working environment is a high priority for most businesses – when safety issues are ignored the costs are high – both for the person injured and for the business.
From 2003 to 2015:
- over 7400 work-place injuries were caused by forklift accidents in Australia
- 50% of forklift accidents involved pedestrians and resulted in 68 pedestrian deaths.
(Ref: Comcare.gov.au and Worksafe)
In a recent case where a forklift accident caused a severe injury to an employee, a well-known manufacturer was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $150,000 for the breach.
Minimising the Risk
In a situation where employee walkways cross areas where heavy industrial vehicles are operating there is the potential for something to go terribly wrong – it is simply a matter of time.
An obvious solution to this problem is to separate pedestrians from forklifts. While designated pedestrian walkways do separate the vehicle traffic from pedestrian thoroughfares it doesn’t go far enough, particularly in areas where the pedestrian traffic and the forklift traffic intersect.
This situation can be easily managed with the installation of automatic pedestrian swing gates on the walkway and a boom gate across road. Electric locking mechanisms manage the operation of the gates to ensure only one gate is open at a time.
If you are looking for a solution to a vehicle or pedestrian access control issue – we are confident that, with our extensive range and high level of expertise, we will be able to provide you with a customised resolution to suit your situation.
Rotech’s range of automatic boom gates are designed to ensure quick, safe and secure vehicle access control.
Our pedestrian swing gate openers with electronic safety and positive locking provide the safest and most efficient option for industrial gates.
Rotech offers multiple options across our considerable product range including solar powered equipment. Customised solutions can also be provided for specific applications involving vehicle or pedestrian access control.
For more information about our product range call Alan Roberts at Rotech on (07) 3250 1123.
New TriStar F21 full height turnstile – faster, safer and more secure
The TriStar F21 Full Height Turnstile now features an innovative battery back-up system providing a level of security not available before on an Australian made turnstile. The increased height over the previous model adds to accessibility without compromising on security.
Until recently turnstiles were simply considered part of a building or facility’s overall security plan. Today, the increasing threat of extremist activity has meant the demand for heightened security afforded by access control equipment, such as turnstiles, is being pushed to the forefront.
The Lindt Cafe hostage situation brought home the reality that Australia was not immune to acts of terror. After this tragic event many organisations increased their security to protect their employees – businesses such as television stations, corporate offices and strategic manufacturing facilities installed one of Rotech‘s full height turnstiles soon after.
The preferred means and methods of securing properties and facilities are changing rapidly. The need for traditional applications, such as perimeter fence line control or access to amusement venues, large events centres, sports stadiums and industrial facilities continues to remain strong. However developers and building owners are now more willing to consider physical barriers for security and are increasingly looking for access control systems that offer the right combination of security, user comfort and personal safety to enhance and add value to their building.
Rotech’s TriStar F21 full height turnstile offers the optimum level of secure access and the required robustness for use outdoors or indoors.
Security – personnel tracking
The ability to be able to quickly determine which employees have entered or exited the building is a key piece of information when ensuring no one is left behind in an urgent evacuation situation. This is easily handled by the TriStar F21 full height turnstile – when used in tandem with an access control system operators can:
- Monitor the time and attendance of each individual
- Track the movement of visitors in or out
- Restrict access by unauthorised people.
With an increased requirement for security monitoring the new status indication system allows the operator to see when the turnstile is closed and if the entry (or exit) is freewheeling. The emergency key release is also monitored.
Unique Battery Back-up Operation
The TriStar F21 full height turnstile‘s innovative battery back-up system handles power outages automatically. On power failure the built-in relay automatically initiates the battery back-up system and sets off a loud warning siren indicating that the turnstile is now operating on battery back-up system. The turnstile can operate normally on back up for up to 3000 cycles.
This is a particularly important feature in an emergency situation where the access control system needs to continue receive information and monitor movement through the turnstile when normal power sources fail.
The TriStar F21 turnstile addresses any accessibility concerns with it‘s increased internal height to 2100mm and wide entrance allowing easy access for personnel wearing hard hats, carrying tools and equipment while still preventing tailgating or piggy backing.
This reliable, low maintenance turnstile incorporates soft start and stop technology which enables even children to easily move the rotating arms without compromising on safety and security.
The TriStar F21 is compatible with all access control systems and special features can be incorporated into our standard design.
Solar panel operation and a portable version are available making the TriStar F21 full height turnstile suitable for remote areas, building sites or positions were it is difficult to get power to.
The customisation options available with the TriStar F21 turnstile are endless. Whatever your specific security requirement Rotech’s access control products can provide a tailored solution.
We have been fulfilling all types of automation control demands for more than 15 years – we are certain that with our extensive range and high level of expertise, we will be able to provide you and your business with a customised solution to suit your need.
For more information about Rotech’s Pedestrian Access Control products visit our Turnstiles and Flap Barriers page.
Call Alan Roberts at ROTECH on 07 3250 1123.
Case Study| Boom Gates Essential for a Safe Landing
A NEW helicopter pad was opened last year at Tamworth hospital as part of a multi-million-dollar redevelopment project.
The limitations of the old heli-pad made it difficult to land if wind conditions were poor. The new heli-pad is better positioned and built closer to the emergency department to provide quick access to transport patients for urgent treatment.
Safety becomes an Issue: emergency helicopters vs road traffic
The new convenient location of the helicopter pad at Tamworth hospital created a unique set of circumstances:
- Situated between the heli-pad and the hospital is Smith Street
- Smith Street is a busy local roadway
- When helicopters land and take off they create a downdraft as high as 89km
- There is a danger to both vehicles and pedestrians from flying debris thrown by the high velocity flow near the rotor.
The proximity of the heli-pad to Smith Street means any vehicle or pedestrian in the vicinity while an emergency helicopter is trying to land or take off would be adversely affected by a strong downdraft.
As with all helicopter emergency cases, time is critical – a solution to safely managing access to the common traffic area between the aircraft and motor vehicles needed to involve a very quick response time.
The Boom Gate Solution
Rotech worked with Steensen Varming to devise an effective resolution to the issue of how to stop both the outgoing and incoming traffic in Smith Street when a helicopter was in the vicinity.
The result was to install two boom gates at along Smith Street to stop vehicle access and fit pedestrian warning lights at appropriate locations.
To save precious time – a long range transmitter fitted to the helicopter activates the following equipment from up to 20 km away:
- Existing helipad lights
- Wind sock lights
- Flood lights
- Pedestrian warning lights
- Ambulance warning light
Boom gates close
30 seconds after the warning lights are activated the boom gates come down – this allows any traffic in the midstream to pass beyond the danger zone before the helicopter reaches the heli-pad.
Rotech’s solution plays an important role in getting patients quickly and safely from the heli-pad into the emergency department for treatment.
For more information about Rotech’s boom gate products visit our Automatic & Manual Boom Gates page.
We have been fulfilling all types of automation control demands for more than 15 years with a wide variety of products. Customised solutions are our speciality – we are certain that with our extensive range and high level of expertise, we will be able to provide you and your business with a customised solution to suit your need.
Call Alan Roberts at ROTECH on 07 3205 1123.