Pedestrian Turnstile Systems
Seen in a range of different guises and at a variety of locations, pedestrian turnstiles offer
significant security to any relevant site. They will also safeguard an area that may not be
frequently monitored by security personnel. As a result, the turnstile will deny access to those
that are not authorised to pass through. For this reason, they are excellent in places where there
are large crowd flows and the need to manage this is vital for security purposes.
Turnstiles have undergone dramatic updates over the last few years and enhanced technology
has meant that they are now as secure as they have ever been. A whole host of designs are on
the market, as well as further operation and control modes to choose from.
Most pedestrian turnstiles are made by using galvanised steel sheets to form the panels. These
panels will usually contain bars inside to add extra protection and strength against damage. To
create an easy to fit and use system, the turnstiles are often modular, thereby making the
process of placing the equipment much quicker for the buyer.
There is a wide range of options when it comes to control and communication equipment with
the pedestrian turnstile. Depending on factors such as the location, cost and practicality, the
interface can be tailored to suit the client, however they feel the turnstile will be best used. For
instance, card readers can be installed more advanced communication specifications, CCTV
and the button controls can be adapted to include remote options if preferred. These options
make turnstiles very user friendly and easy to maintain.
Some examples of the latest pedestrian turnstiles are the use of the optical turnstile. These are
usually bidirectional and have fully motorised panels and sensors to provide absolute safety and
prevent any access concerns.
There are different designs of turnstile too. There is the drop arm variety that operates a large
metal bar at waist level. These are not as common but do also allow a very high standard of
controlling pedestrian numbers.
For problems with space and narrow walkways, there is the two way swing gate, which is can
be installed in confined areas, offering a great level of security to gaps that may be at risk or
vulnerable escape routes.
Lastly is the Polycarbonate turnstile. These are larger installations and are extremely robust.
These are often seen in high security sites and are proven in their field of crowd control.