Revolving doors: versatile security barriers

posted on: Thu, 08 11 2018 - 12:00:00 by Clarus Systems | Access Control

In times of heightened security threats, incidents of theft, industrial espionage and other criminal activity, building access control is one of many barriers that feature in security planning.

There are numerous forms of access control, including gates, sliding doors, booms and turnstiles that offer differing levels of security and control.

One of the most versatile and multi-beneficial options – and one that is often overlooked – is the access-controlled revolving door.

There are numerous benefits that this sort of door offers – revolving doors allow building managers to maintain internal temperatures, air flow and air cleanliness far more easily than doors that open fully to the external atmosphere.

They also tend to take up less floor space than large hinged doors, yielding an architectural advantage. And technology has evolved to a point where many of the perviously manual functionalities of revolving doors have now been updated to fully-electronic and automatic features that offer high degrees of control.

 As a security barrier, revolving doors offer a unique set of advantages:

  • They can be unlocked fully during daylight hours to revolve and allow public access, for example at a library, college, school, museum or similar, but have access-controlled entry after hours to secure the building at night and protect staff who may be working late
  • Because they can be built from solid glass, they can allow a total building lock-down at the push of a button to prevent access completely from external threats. 
  • While the door is rotating, it’s structure and directional access flow means that at all times the door is limiting access on the reverse of the side that is allowing access, meaning that security has far more control over who gets in, and who gets out.
  • They offer full integration with access control readers, for example, card or fingerprint scanners mounted on walls next to the door.
  • They can be designed to prevent tail-gating – limiting the number of people who can enter the building in a single rotation gives far more controlled access for buildings such as banks, jewellers and other high-risk facilities.

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Revolving doors: versatile security barriers
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