Access Control Turnstiles Guide

By Brian Rhodes, Published Jan 28, 2019, 11:38am EST

Turnstiles control pedestrian access to secured areas, essentially becoming moving portions of fences, walls, or barricades for physically stopping intruders.

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*******, **** *** ** ugly, *********, ***********, *** downright ********* ** **** unwisely. ****** ** ******* the ****** ***** ** pedestrian ********** *** ******** the ********* ** ********** of **** ****:

  • **** ******
  • ****-******
  • *******
  • ***********
  • ********* *****

**** ***** **** ******* how ** ********* *** number ** ********** ****** as **** ** ********, installing, *** *********** ****.

Turnstile ********

**** ** ***** ** access *******, *** *********** controls *** ** ** effective ** **********.

**** ********* **** * physical ********* ** ******* that ****** ****** **** access ** **********, ******** only *** **** ***** at * ****:

**** * ******** **********, turnstiles *** **** **:

  • ******** ****** **/**** ** Area
  • ***** ****** ******* ******* Areas
  • ********** ******* ***********

*** ****** ** ***** spinning **** ******** *** essentially *********************** *** ********* ***** every **** ******** * controlled **** ** ******** with *** ****** ******.

Turnstile *****

** *** ******** *****, we ******* *** ****** types ** ********** ********** and ******** *** ********* vs ********** ** **** type:

  • **** ******
  • ****-******
  • *******
  • ***********
  • ********* *****

Full ******

***** ********** *** ********* gates **** ****** ** a ****** ** * to ** ****. *********, they *** ******** ** be ******** ** **** sides ** ***** ** wall.

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***** *** *** **** secure ********* ****, *** to *** ********** ** passing ****** ** **** these ***** **** *******, but **** *** **** the **** ***********, **** up *********** *****, *** are ******. ** *******,**** ********* ** ********** ** allowing **** ** ** 'free-spinning' ** ****** **********, but *** ****** ****** and ***** ** ********* must ** ********** ***********/****** *****.

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***** ***** ** ********** are **** **** **** monitored ***** ******* ********* security ** ******** ** fences ** **** *******. These ********** **** ***** $5,000 *** *** * single ***** ****, ~$**,*** USD *** * ******-***** unit, *** ***** *** take ******** **** *** multiple ******** ** *******.

Half-Height

**** **** ** ********* is **** ** ******** free ****** ** ******** areas, *** *** *** as ********** ******** ** large ** **** ****** units:

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***** ***** *** ******** pieces ** *****-***** ****** for *********** ***** *** position ** ********** *******. They *** ***** ******* in ****** ** *** or ****. ***** ***** are ****** ****** **** and *** *** *********** for ****-******** ************. ***** units *** **** **** to ******** **** ******* flow **** ***** *****. These ********** **** ***** $4,000 *** ****.

Optical **********

**** **** ** * variation ** *** ***** height ********* **** * lightweight ******** ******* ***, and ** *********** *** 'administrative ****** *******' ****** than ******** *******:

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*** ******* ******* ** to *******/***** ******* ** use ** ******** *****,**** ** *************, ********** ****. ***** ***** *** typically ******* ********** **** access ******* ******* ** detect ********** **** ** area. ***** ********** *** sirens, ******, *** ******* or ********** ********** *** access *******:

***** ***** **** ******* or ********** ********** ******* onboard. ******* ******* ********** are **** **** ** monitor ****** ****** *** large ********* **** ***** or ********** *******. ******* varies **** *******, *** a ********* ******** ******* turnstile ***** ***** $*,*** USD, *** *** ***** significantly ****** ** ~$**,*** USD *** ****.

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*** ******* ********* **** is **** *** ** the **** ******, ***** used ** ***** **** admittance **** ** **** rather **** ****** ******** access *******:

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*** ***** ************ ** a ********** *** **** or ******* ******** **** rotate ****** * *******, and *** ******** ******* is ***** ****** ****** standoff ******** ******* ****** entering *** ****.

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******* *** *********** ********* starts ** ~$*** *** for ****** *****, ******** multiple ***** *** ********* installed ********.

Half-Height & ********** *************

*** ******* **** **** less **** **** ****** turnstiles ** **** ********* can **** **** ** climb **** ****, ** is****** **** '****-*******' ** mass ******* *******:

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*** **** ******, ***** turnstiles *** ***** ******** with ***** ******* **** cameras ** ****** ******** staff ** ******* *** areas ***** **** *** deployed.

Revolving *****

*** ** *** **** aesthetically ********, *** ********* turnstiles ***** *** ********* doors. **** ********* **** is ***** **** ** a*******. *** ******** ** these ***** ** *** same ** **** ****** turnstiles, *** *** ******** are ********** ***** *** occupancy ******* **** **** a ****** ******:

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***** ****** ******* ********* is ******, ***** *** installation ********** *** **** high. ****** ******-**** **** can **** $*,*** *** and **** ***** **** occupancy ********* *** **** ~$25,000 *** ** **** and ******* *********** ********* and ***** ***** *********** to *******.

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Mandatory *****

*** ** *** **** common ******** **** ********** is ************* ***** *** cannot *** **** *** still **** ******.

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*****, *********** ******* *** inclusion *****/********** *****. ***** *** ***** that ****** *********** ** carts ******* * *******, swinging ******* ** ** alternative ** *** ************ turnstile. ***** *** ***** located ******** ** ********** and *** ******** ** the **** ****** ************** point. **** **** **** access ********, ******** *********** can ** ************ ** travel ******* **** ****** than *********.

***** *** **** ****** an ***** ***** *** supply ***** ** ****** through * ***** **** rather **** *** ******** turnstile. ********* ** ***** one ** ***** ***** in * *****-**** ** common, *** ** ** prudent ** ****** **** adjacent ** ******** ******* areas ** ****/****** *****.

Proper ****** & **** ****** ******

****** ** *** **** important ****** **** ******** turnstile *********. ***** ************** significantly ****** *** ***** number ** ********** ******** to ** *** ***. If *** ****** ** required ********** ***** *************** high, ******** ********** ***** changes ** ****** **** time *** ******* ** flow.

*** ****** ** ********** must ** '*****' ********* to *** ******* ******* they **** ******. **** sizing ** * ***** calculation *** *** **** people *** ****** ******* the ********** ** * given ****** ** ****:

Sizing *******

******** *** ********* ****** example:

*** **** **** ***** to ******* * ***** for *** ****** ** turnstiles ** *** ***** employee ******** ** * manufacturing *****. **** ****** turnstiles **** ** ********* at *** **** ***** line ********** *** ******* lot **** *** ***** building.

***** *** *,*** ********* arriving *** **** ****** this ******, *** ** minutes **** **** *** aside *** **** ******** of *******. *** **** turnstiles ****** ** ****** for **** ***?

******: *** ********* *********** determines **** ** - 18 ********** *** ******** to ****** *,*** ****** in ** *******. * typical ****-****** ********* ** designed ** *********** *** - *** *** ****. The ******* ****-******* **** is * ****** *** turnstile, *** ******. ** 2,000 ****** **** **** through ********** ****** * shift ******, ******** *** time ** ****** **** volume ** ******* ** 15 *******.

(***** ****** ** ******) / ((**** ******* ********* per ***) * (****** of **** *********)) = (Number ** **********)

(*,*** ******) / ((* people *** ******) * (15 *******)) = (**.* turnstiles)

***** ********** *** ********* in '******' ** '******' sized *****, ********** * quote *** ** ********** (or * *******) ** prudent **** * ****** over-sizing ** *** ****** of ********** *** *** occasion **** * **** is *** ** *******.

Site ****

********** ********** ***** ******* concrete *** *********** *** fence ****. **** **** should ** ********* ******* and ************, ** * gap ** ******* *** be ******* *** ** extended ****** ** ****. Security ****** ** ******** of ***** ****, *** extra *********** ** ******** of *** **** *** be ******** ***** ********** are *********. **** **** or ******* ******** ***** may ** ******** *** routing ********** *** **** utility ** ********* ****** as ****.

**** ******** *** ***** from *** ******* *** be ******, ********** **** mounting ********** *******. ***** security ******* **** ************ and ********* *** ***** installed ** ***** ****** to ****** ********** *** access *******.

********** *** *** ********* low-voltage ******** *** ************ work ***** **** ** coordinated **** ** ***********. This *** ** ** especially ****** **** ** the *** *********** **** turnstiles *** ***** ******* in *** ******** *** on ******* *****-*****.

*** ********** **** **** elements *** ****** *** cost ** ************ *** turnstile *****.

Integrating **** ****** *******

** **** *****, ********** of *** ***** *** be ********** **** ****** control, ***** ***** *** same ****** ******** *** logic ** *****.

******* ** * ****** door **** ** ******, the ********* ******* ** solenoid ** ********* ** an****** ******* **** ************* ***** **** *********** using ***************** ******* ************** ** ******** ** mounting ****** ** *** turnstile ******:

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**** ********** ********** **** factory ******* ** ********* with ****** *******, *** even ***** ******* *** typically ********* ****.

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***** ********, ********* ********* should ** '**** *******' directly ** *** ************ site. ********* ** *** type *** ****** ** turnstiles ** ** *********, the ********* ****** *** be ******* ******** ******.

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*** ** **** *** weight, ********* ******* ** ******** ** move *** ******* **** equipment. ************ ** **** turnstiles ****** ** ********** a '***-***' ***, *** to *** ******** **** of ***** *****, *** most ***** *** ** installed ** *** ******* workdays ** ****.

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********** *** ***** ******* outside ** ***** ******* and *** ******* **** at ******** ******** ******. As * ******, **** periodic *********** ****** ** planned ** ******* ***** machines.

*************** ********** ********* *** keeping ********** ***** ********** and ******** ****** ** considered ** ******* **** of ********* ***** *****. In **** *****, *** turnstile ************ **** ***** a ****-****** '*********** ***' of *********** *****, ****, and ******, *** *** installer *** ***** **** in * ******* / Maintenance ********.

[****: **** ***** *** originally ******* ** **** but ************* ******* ** 2019.]

Comments (5)

Great report Brian. As your last paragraph reads one of the most important aspects when selling and installing turnstiles that are mounted outside is the maintenance. It usually takes a few years before these start breaking down but you can extend the life quite a bit by following the manufacturers recommended maintenance schedule. Considering the high cost of installing a turnstile it is much easier to get the customer to purchase a maintenance contract, at the bare minimum a preventative maintenance contract to keep their turnstiles in working order.  

By checking the turnstiles on a regular basis you can find small deficiencies and repair long before the issues turns into a massive repair bill. For instance the bearing at the bottom of a turnstile isn't very expensive but the labor to replace can be. So thereby keeping the bearing lubricated will help tremendously. 

If you are selling these also consider keeping a re-built kit on hand as well. One is the kits are typically less expensive than buying individual parts and two you have what you need for a service call.

We have sold quite a few Alvarado turnstiles over the years, both indoor and outdoor. Their help with the pre-sales support, installation support and service support post install are second to none in my opinion. There are other good turnstile manufacturers as well but we just happen to lead with Alvarado. 

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Pricing varies with options, but a typically equipped optical turnstile cost about $5,000 USD

Brian, do you have any links to optical turnstile's in this price range?  We are working on a project and have spoken with several different manufacturers they are all 2-4 times this price. 

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I initially gathered pricing from GSA or direct sellers, ie:

(These are Orion Entrance GSA PNs)

and there are others, ie:

 

However, many of the prices for a single lane of optical turnstile are considerably more expensive!  $30,000+ per lane is not uncommon!

So like you mention, pricing can be significantly higher, and I'll revise the post to reflect this.  Thanks!

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We have been selling TISO turnstiles; both optical and full-height, they are in this price-range.  E-mail me and I can put you in contact with someone from TISO if required.

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Thank you for a detailed wrap up of a turnstiles.

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