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Turnstiles and gates provide designated entry and exit points and control vehicular and pedestrian traffic passing through an area. These structures prevent people and vehicles from entering unwanted areas and they help to control flow. Traffic control is important for the safety and security of pedestrians, and for the security of your property. Importantly, security turnstiles guide pedestrians to a single entry point giving security personnel an opportunity to isolate a threat and act upon it. If you require secure and orderly access to your facility or venue, ASF can design and install a system to meet your needs.

ASF supply and install a range of security turnstiles for both indoor and outdoor use. Our full height turnstiles are designed for security protection whilst maintaining a stylish appearance. They can be manufactured to enforce one-way or two-way pedestrian traffic, and can be installed in a wide variety of situations including public transport stations, parks, and gardens as well as in retail and commercial buildings. In addition, turnstiles and pedestrian gates can be integrated into a larger perimeter protection and traffic management system, with high security Securemax® fencing, Corromesh® fencing, and hostile vehicle mitigation gates and bollards.

How Turnstiles Operate

A turnstile – sometimes called a baffle gate – allows one person passage at a time. It can be used to restrict passage to individuals inserting a token or scanning a barcode, magnetic stripe, or radio-frequency identification (RFID). This makes turnstiles suitable as an entry-point to paid access locations, such as public transportation stations or to office buildings or stadiums. A turnstile is sometimes used to create one-way traffic flow that makes it easier to secure a location and reduces the chance of injury.

Turnstiles also serves a function from a revenue perspective because they provides an accurate and verifiable count of the number of people passing through the area. Without requiring staff to count tickets, stadium owners know exactly how many people attended an event. These statistics help them determine when attendance is dropping so they can increase promotional efforts. Security personnel ensure that everyone who gets through the doors is authorized to be there, and they have a clear view of each attendee, making it easier to confiscate prohibited items or diffuse potential altercations.

Turnstiles and Security Gates for People with Special Needs

Wheelchair users and others may have difficulty using a standard turnstile. Every location should have at least one manual gate or a wide-aisle gate for these individuals to use. Special full height and waist-high gates are designed for handicap access, reducing admission time and preventing handicapped individuals from experiencing any potential discrimination and embarrassment.

Optical turnstile systems feature barrier-free access while providing two-directional counting abilities, so people are tracked when both coming and going. This equipment is ideal for airports, shopping malls, and other locations where individuals are typically laden with bags and are unable to navigate a traditional turnstile or even a gate. Access control software is equipped with multiple security features to ensure that unauthorized individuals do not pass through the area.

Security Gates and Turnstiles for Unique Environments

Mechanical and electric turnstiles, and gate systems, are commonly found in subways, arenas, military installations, and even government buildings. Due to the increased need for access control or security, they are becoming increasingly common in corporate offices, warehouses, retail stores and at festivals. Whether waist high or full height, this equipment controls crowds of pedestrians.

When it becomes necessary to grant passage to people individually rather than in groups, a gate or turnstile handles this task. Different styles, configurations, and add-on security features are used to create the ideal system for the environment. This equipment represents a significant investment so it should be both durable and easy to use.

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