Important Things To Think About When Installing A Turnstile System


Many different commercial properties use turnstiles, from high security locations such as prisons and airports to frequently visited places such as libraries and sports facilities.


Whilst turnstiles are effectively used as a security solution and they are able to ensure that only authorised visitors access particular parts of a building, more often than not their main purpose is to control visitors and slow down foot traffic. Don’t forget that turnstiles also add a very professional image to your reception area, save costs and control who goes where and when.


It is fair to say that turnstile systems really are able to meet the ever changing needs of commercial properties and they are one of the most versatile access control systems on the market. That being said, when it comes to installing a turnstile system, there are a number of essential factors to consider. Due to the fact that the vast majority of systems can be fully customised to your needs, it is undeniably important to know what these are. So, when installing a turnstile system, be sure to think about the following; 

What your main reasons are for installing a turnstile system 

As mentioned above, turnstiles can be used for security, access control and also crowd control, so it is important to highlight the main reasons why you require a turnstile system. This will go on to influence the majority of the decisions that you make about your system, so it is important to have a clear idea of what you’re actually needing this system to do. We can also link the to Time and Attendance systems so you know who is in the building, and even what time they entered.

The number of turnstiles you’re likely to need

It is also essential that you consider how many turnstiles you’re realistically going to need. When deciding this, as well as taking into account factors such as how much space you have, it is also important to bear in mind the amount of foot traffic you usually experience. Remember that turnstiles force people to enter in a single-file, so you don’t want to cause too much traffic by not having enough turnstiles. Our experienced surveyors can offer no obligation advice and will quickly calculate traffic flows, ensuring every installation is fit for purpose. Typically a turnstile has a capacity of around 30 people per minute.

Which type of turnstiles are most suitable 

There is a huge range of turnstiles available nowadays. Aside from the obvious stainless steel waist height turnstiles, full height turnstiles and tripod turnstiles, you can also choose from options such as; barrier-less optical units, glass gated turnstiles and drop arm models. Think about how aesthetically pleasing you need your turnstile system to be, this will really influence your decision in this regard. A recent trend is to use turnstiles powder coated in black, white or your corporate colours.

How you’re going to control the turnstiles

Whilst some turnstiles are manual and will be pushed by the user, the majority will be automatic and require a control. When your turnstile system is for security purposes or to restrict access, turnstile controls will be essential and you will be able to choose from solutions like; biometrics, swipe cards, coins, tokens and tickets. We are happy to install a suitable access control system, or will also be happy to work with your current system. Think about which would be best for your property. 

Any specific requirements you have for the system 

Whenever you’re installing a new security system or access control system, it is always important to take some time to consider whether you have any specific requirements relating to this system. These can be absolutely anything and no matter how small they may be, it is important to highlight them so that you can then ensure your turnstile system meets them. 

Installing a turnstile system at your commercial property 

Hopefully, by taking the time to think about everything mentioned above, you will have a much clearer idea of what you’re looking for in a turnstile system. Knowing what all of your individual needs and requirements are will make it much easier when it comes to making decisions about the system that you’re going to install. You really will be able to ensure that the turnstile system is perfect for your property and that nothing important is overlooked. 


When searching for a company who can assist you with turnstile systems, be sure to visit the Electro website. No matter what you’re looking for in this type of security system, you can trust that we will be able to assist you and we have experience creating everything from simple solutions through to fully integrated turnstile systems. To discuss your requirements for a turnstile system with a member of our team in more detail, please feel free to contact us today and we will do our best to help. 


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