Turn to Turnstiles to Enhance and Automate Lobby Security

Lobbies are a place of welcoming. Whether you’re stepping into the lobby of a Five Star hotel, a corporate office building, or a medical facility, it is the first point of entry. And while lobbies should be inviting and welcoming, they also require a certain level of security, as they’re often the gateway to the rest of a facility.

Consequently, many facilities are putting optical turnstiles and/or electronically operated turnstiles to the task. They give off a modern, aesthetically pleasing look while at the same time, control pedestrian access.

Installing access control systems with security turnstiles is an ideal way of elevating security because they’re designed to restrict access to one person at a time, and will only allow access to entrants with authorized credentials. Users can automate lobby security with technology that blends style and function and delivers a discreet access control solution. Turnstiles can trigger an alarm or other security alerts when intruders or other unauthorized personnel are detected, while seamlessly promoting an open environment that accommodates a smooth flow of foot traffic. So, it’s no wonder that increasingly more NextGen customers – and end users everywhere, for that matter – are requesting that optical and physical security turnstiles be installed in their facilities.

Optical turnstiles are growing in popularity for several reasons. Most importantly, ADA-compliant barrier-free optical turnstiles allow access to those with physical disabilities. They’re ideal for high rise buildings with a single path through the lobby and a staffed reception area. They allow for a quick flow of people coming through with less delay than other methods. Optical turnstiles are comprised of two cabinets set apart that create a passage lane. They use sensors to detect and track a person through the turnstile and can operate with or without barriers, although when used for security purposes, they typically come with some type of motorized barrier.

In addition, optical turnstiles are often selected because of their sleek design, which can span a swing arm, drop arm, or glass barrier to prevent unauthorized access. In some applications where even higher security is required, stainless steel tripod turnstiles are put in place.

An important element of any access control system, physical and optical turnstiles can perform a wide array of tasks that automate access credential issuance and the processing of visitors, outside contractors and employees entering a facility. We at NextGen are here to assist you with the selection and installation of access control turnstiles that fit your specific requirements, process flows, and existing access control system.