“To protect your people and assets, your access control solutions need to be fast, accurate, and totally reliable. Choose speed gates and turnstiles with the following five key features to maximize your security and to deliver the best, fastest experiences for end users,” says Wayne Wu, Director of Access Control and Video Intercom Products at Hikvision.
In most cases, protecting your people and assets requires effective access control. In other words, you need to know who is accessing your building, your event, or your service – and be sure that unauthorized people always remain outside.
One of the most common solutions for achieving this is to use automated speed gates or turnstiles. These allow authorized users to access your building or event using smartcards, tickets, or even biometric information such as their fingerprint or face.
However, it’s important to realize that not all speed gates and turnstiles are equal – either in terms of features or effectiveness.
The 5 key features of truly excellent security gates and turnstiles
To maximize your security, you need access gates and turnstiles that are highly reliable, and durable enough to last for years with minimal maintenance. You also need super-fast, accurate access solutions that can identify people in milliseconds, and let them pass before queues ever build up.
The 5 key features that are essential for optimizing your access control strategy are:
1) Quality and durability
Speed gates and turnstiles take constant punishment – especially in high-flow locations. Whether you choose a solution that uses a swing barrier, flap barrier, or other kind of barrier, you need it to be highly reliable and durable to withstand the heavy workload.
At the same time, you need products that fit your requirements and budget. This means your manufacturer should offer both cost-effective gates and turnstiles with brushed and non-brushed motors, as well as premium products with servo motors.
Built on a ‘closed-loop’ system, servo motors offer the greatest reliability, accuracy, and durability for access control. For example, the lifecycle of the market-leading servo turnstile from Hikvision is more than 6 million opening and closing cycles.
2) Speed and safety
To fulfil their function, and to provide great experiences for end users, speed gates and turnstiles need to be fast and safe. The industry’s leading solutions meet this requirement by authenticating users’ identities in as little as 0.2 seconds – allowing large numbers of authorized people to flow into buildings or other areas.
Equally importantly, leading speed gates and turnstiles are able to detect people very precisely as they pass through to keep them safe. In the case of Hikvision products, for example, up to 24 pairs of IR sensors help to minimize the risk of unexpected injuries.