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Since the turn of the century, the number of “smart buildings” has increased dramatically, as has the advancement of technology breakthroughs within them. The market for smart buildings continues to grow and improve itself, promising continuing advances that will dramatically revolutionise what buildings and their occupants will require in tomorrow’s offices and campuses, from building automation to cybersecurity and beyond. It’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for building owners, occupants, and the environment.

Any structure that uses automated processes to regulate multiple building functions such as HVAC, lighting, security, fire, and other systems have traditionally been referred to as a smart building. Most buildings, especially those that are newer, have already integrated intelligence into their operations. This intelligence allows for considerably more understanding to be gained from a building’s data, resulting in good consequences that |

  • Profitability
  • Security and life safety
  • Sustainability

These intelligent solutions address three essential functions in a way that has never been done before: preventing, detecting, and detaining security threats. Previously, the only advanced access control measures for securing a building were mechanical turnstiles or revolving doors. That world has long since passed, as security threats have increased in number and become more aggressive in their approach. Chief Security Officers and other security practitioners may now equip their facilities with systems that can extract insights and implement policies in real-time by fast making sense of massive volumes of data by using the power of neural networks and other advanced technologies. As a result, they can make better-informed security decisions and take advantage of actionable intelligence. What used to be “simply a turnstile” is now a smart platform that integrates several embedded security systems.

Entrance Control 101

Entrance control systems act as the principal enforcement system for a building, carrying out the directives given by the access control system. The intelligent entrance of a smart building is physically hardened and enforced by access control hardware. Entrance control systems today often comprise visually beautiful steel and glass turnstiles, portals, or spinning doors that dissuade, and in some cases even detain, unauthorised people attempting to enter.

Surprisingly, turnstiles are the most common type of admission control in a lobby. In the case of turnstiles, the system’s most basic duty is to either open barriers to enable a user to pass or remain closed to prevent admission once the building’s preferred form of credential is provided. If an intrusion is attempted, security agents may instantly determine the exact position of the potential breach thanks to colourful LED systems and audio sirens.

Technology has aided in the evolution of the turnstile from a simple security device to a multi-functional security platform. They may now monitor population flow, assure correct authorization of individuals entering and exiting the facility, provide elevator directions, detect forbidden goods, and improve life safety procedures, among other things.

Trouble with Tailgating

Originally, most optical turnstiles used very basic binary PLC technology with Boolean logic. There is no extensive analysis with this simplistic “beam-break” detection, which lays the setup for far more false alerts and easier tailgating invasions. A tailgater four to five inches behind an authorised individual may easily sneak into the facility because these systems often require at least a six-inch gap before they can identify a tailgating attempt.

People must wait until the person in front of them has exited the lane because some of these older technologies can only monitor one authorised user at a time. Turnstiles that have been in use for a long time are also incapable of monitoring movement in two directions at the same time. As a result, if an intruder enters while someone is exiting the lane, these systems will miss it, putting a business at risk.

Entrance control security solutions, such as turnstiles, require a considerable financial investment as well as time to examine key functioning components such as design, safety, and other technical concerns. The security of an organization’s database, confidential client data, equipment, and, most importantly, the well-being of its staff are all dependent on rigorous and careful security protocol planning and maintenance. Fastlane® optical turnstiles are an important part of a physical security system that incorporates both functionality and aesthetics. For true efficiency and a holistic security picture that is available in real-time, make sure the technological capabilities you choose are integrated into one central operating system. Advanced infrared and processing technologies are used in the turnstiles to precisely pinpoint the size, shape, and speed of individual entities, detecting tailgaters as close as 1/4″ apart.


Make your facility smarter and more secure with the technology available today, whether you’re developing a new building or upgrading an old one. It’s important to know who’s in your facility and when especially in the event of a disaster like a fire. Furthermore, an access control system prevents unauthorised individuals from entering your premises, which is particularly vital in contexts such as schools and healthcare facilities. Do you have any hazardous machinery or secret information on your premises? You may not want all of your staff to be able to access particular sections. As a result, access control can help keep you and your employees secure.

Shergroup offers top-notch security solutions to keep your business environment safe. Our extensively designed business security solutions will not only secure your property but will also give you much-needed peace of mind. Call our business solutions advisors today to find out more about our security solutions.

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Last updated | 19 July 2023

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