How entrance control can deliver smart security solutions for transportation hubs

Border control is essential to national security and for regulating the movement of people and goods between countries. Illegal immigration, terrorism and criminal trafficking can be addressed with effective border control measures helping to keep a country safe, whether at airports, seaports, or coach stations.

Integrated security solutions are vital to effective border protection, incorporating various systems, using advanced technology and aiding intelligence gathering. This integrated approach can allow for the seamless coordination of efforts between different agencies involved in border control, such as police and immigration officials, to identify potential threats and respond appropriately.

Safety first

Inadequate security at transportation hubs could have severe consequences for public safety. A security breach can result in serious injury or loss of life, as seen in past terrorist attacks on public transportation systems worldwide.

The aftermath of preventable tragedy can see ripple effects on society, leading to increased anxiety, reduced mobility, and the need for heightened security measures that can be costly and intrusive.

It is crucial then to ensure adequate security measures are in place at transportation hubs to keep people safe and maintain public trust.

Tailored solutions

Transport hubs normally have a wide range of people who require varying levels of access to different parts of the site. These may include airline personnel, security staff, maintenance workers, cleaning operatives and the general public. Each category may have unique requirements for access to certain areas, ranging from full access to none altogether.

To guarantee the efficient running and safety of the site, it is crucial to have a comprehensive and versatile access control regime in place. This must enable different access levels according to the individual’s role, responsibilities and security authorisation. For instance, airline crew may have full privileges to areas such as the departure hall, while cleaning and maintenance staff may have restricted access to specific areas.

Biometric ID and smart card systems offer an additional layer of protection by checking an individual’s credentials before allowing access. Not only does this ensure that only approved individuals have permission to enter, but it also keeps a log of who has visited and left certain locations, making it easy to trace and react to security violations.

Security systems built for the task

Given it is paramount to keep people safe in these crowded environments, Fastlane’s entrance control solutions are already compatible with eGate applications commonly seen in airports using either the Glassgate 400 or Glassgate 300 product variants.

The Glassgate 400 variant provides an Interlock gate with entrance and exit barriers which are never opened together, as used in immigration gate applications. An authorisation may be provided at the entrance or in the middle of the lane. The optical system monitors the number of people in the lane, and if two or more people are detected the entrance-side barrier does not close, and the exit-side barrier remains locked. When one person is detected, the entrance-side barrier will close and lock before the exit-side barrier will open. With 1.8m of toughened safety glass doors, the Glassgate 400 offers the highest level of physical deterrent available in the Fastlane range.

The Glassgate 300 variant provides a single barrier solution, as used in boarding gate applications. This product variant facilitates the housing of the passport/boarding pass reader and facial recognition system.

Fastlane solutions can also be used beyond the highest security areas too, for example within employee-only areas where theft or unauthorised access may be a concern.

For example, security gates can be used to restrict access to staff rooms, storage areas, or maintenance areas. These areas may contain valuable equipment, confidential information, or other assets that need to be protected.

To this end transportation zones might use Fastlane’s Door Detective, designed to control access to internal doors within a building, ensuring that only authorized personnel have access to specific areas. It can be equipped with smart card readers, biometric identification systems, or other access control methods to verify the identity of individuals before granting access.

Taking security to the next level

Fastlane’s lift integration is an upwardly mobile addition designed to provide secure and efficient movement of people within buildings just airports and other transit areas. The integration of lift controls with entrance control technology allows for a more comprehensive security solution, providing an added layer of security for people moving within a building.

Access to specific floors or areas within a building can be restricted based on an individual’s security clearance. This can be done using smart cards, biometric identification, or other access control methods. The integration of lift controls with entrance control technology also provides real-time monitoring and alerts for any security breaches, allowing for quick response and resolution.

Controlling access to specific floors or areas, reduces the need for security personnel to physically monitor and restrict access, freeing up valuable time and resources for other tasks.

Choosing the right solution

We know why security is critical at transportation hubs, so security gates should be chosen wisely. Fastlane recognises that every security situation is different, and no one-size-fits-all solution exists. Unique situations demand bespoke security measures tailored to the specific environment and risks.

Our team of experts works closely with clients to understand their specific requirements and identify the most effective and efficient solution. If you would like to chat with us about transportation hub security or arrange a product demo at our London headquarters, telephone +44 (0)20 8890 5550 or email