Tailgating - Access Control Tutorial

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Aug 25, 2016

Despite costing thousands of dollars per door, electronic access control systems are vulnerable to an easy exploit called 'tailgating'. Unless this threat is recognized and addressed, even a friendly gesture compromises one's security investment.

In this note, we take a look at 'tailgating', the most common causes / risks, and contrast 4 options to address / minimize tailgating:

  • 'Hold Open' Alarms
  • Turnstiles/Revolving Doors
  • Mantraps/Airlocks
  • Piggybacking Detectors/Analytics

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Comments (2)

As long as IPVM IS ACTIVE, this could be an active topic. So very difficult for all the reasons you explained, and a few more.

I designed a system for a place that processed rare/valuable elements. Everyone was weighed going in and out. They also had access going in and out. We did a time study to show the effects of a turnstile/biometric/no tailgating design. Due to CA labor laws restricting when/how a person clocks in for their shift, the design would have caused massive lines, much higher labor hours and more people needed to watch people. Hold open alarms become a nuisance and all together ignored at most sites.

I think the best solution for that is to keep some human interaction at least on main entrances. Thus security guards to monitor the operation would be a great solution.

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A CCTV Camera on each entrance

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