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Increasing Use & Replacement of Turnstiles

Since the boom of lobby turnstile implementations to control building access in the early 2000's, the trend has continued without easing. Both new and old building occupants are considering first-time turnstile installations as security concerns continue to rise. And, now, it's also time to start thinking about replacing or upgrading those older units with new, lower-profile, modern turnstiles. Virtually every organization with a corporate headquarters to data centers to banks and gyms are jumping on the turnstile bandwagon. They are being deployed at fence lines for pedestrian entry control, at building entrances to control airflow and ensure only authorized access, and in lobbies. (see article about imb bank in Australia >>)


Organizations are considering major upgrades for existing turnstiles. While some are seeing hardware failure after more than 20 years of use, others are in need of cosmetic fixes. Likewise, new technologies have emerged since many of them were installed. 

For instance, biometric and mobile credentials are becoming a popular and reliable way to reduce friction for employees and visitors. As a result of the new hardware requirements to support these technologies, modifications are often required at or near each turnstile.

New deployments

For some, turnstiles are a new concept when it comes to protecting their perimeter and lobby area. Turnstile manufacturers today have a host of new technologies ready to be deployed that are architecturally pleasing and more intelligent than those of 20 years ago. Aside from access control integration options, today's devices now can be managed with software to determine which lanes to open or close based on usage, can notify a lobby officer to report to a specific lane for a failed entry or alarm. Maintenance is also easier now with software as problems can be detected and identified instantly, preparing technicians for the likely issue prior to their arrival. 

Worth noting is the difference in planning and execution between installing new cameras, for example versus installing one or more turnstiles in a lobby. Much more planning is required when it comes to power and infrastructure implementation required to connect the turnstiles to the security network.

Planning and decisions

Whether you are turnstile savvy or a new entry control adopter, the Theseus team is well versed in the various options offered by a host of reliable manufacturers. But, first, we can work together to see if a turnstile implementation is the correct path for your organization as the result of a risk assessment.

Risk assessment

Check out the DLA Piper office featured project to see what's delivered as a result of a professional, security engineer-driven risk assessment >>

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Contact us today for a quick discussion on the topic >>

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