One of my fondest adult memories with my family is of catching a train to see a 20/20 cricket match at the GABBA in Brisbane. There was something delightfully energising about the flow of the crowd through the train station and into the stadium. I recall smiles on the happy faces of families, couples and friends all excited for the game despite the long wait to pass security and take their seats.
Most of us take for granted the ability to easily hop on and off public transport and attend a sporting event or concert. We front up, swipe our ticket and a nifty little computer at the gate confirms we’ve paid and lets us through. No fuss, no muss, thank you turnstiles!
What are Turnstiles?
A turnstile is a type of gate which allows a single person to pass at a time. Turnstiles can be customised, which can assist in reducing bottlenecks. There’s also additional features which can restrict access unless a coin, ticket, barcode or magnetic stripe (swipe card) is used.
Three main benefits of a turnstile are: Security, Safety and Revenue.
From a security point of view, turnstiles ensure customers or employees enter single-file. This allows security personnel to have a clear view of everyone entering. This also provides security with the ability to isolate potential threats and ensure prohibited items are not brought onto the property.
Particularly in a commercial setting like an office block, turnstiles fitted with electronic swipe card access can keep track of who is coming in and going out. In case of emergencies or building evacuations, safety staff have an accurate log of who is in the building. This makes it easy to identify anyone missing.
From a commercial point of view, turnstiles provide an accurate attendance count. This can be particularly handy if you are running a ticketed event. Or, if you’ve had a run of intruders slipping into events that should be paid for.
There are different types of turnstiles for different situations. A couple of common ones are: full height and optical. A full height turnstile is a maximum-security option as there’s little chance of someone jumping over it or bypassing it. The optical turnstile is a sleek option often used in office buildings.
Turnstiles have many applications which can include use in stadiums, theme parks, public transport terminals, schools, correctional facilities and sporting events.
Are Security Gates the answer?
So far, the turnstile just seems to have benefits, however wheelchair, crutch or mobility scooter users might not share the optimism. As anyone might imagine, standard turnstiles really aren’t friendly for those who require assistance to get around.
The best way to look after our handicapped patrons or employees is either to provide a wide aisle turnstile which accommodates wheelchairs and scooters or have a security gate installed near your turnstiles. If it’s evident in a crowd where the disabled access point is, admission time for handicapped individuals will be significantly reduced. It will also ensure your flow of traffic continues uninterrupted while avoiding any embarrassment or discrimination.
Call Australian Security Fencing on 1800 666 927 to discuss integrating a special needs option into your security solution.