selecting a turnstile

Key considerations when selecting and installing security turnstiles

There are a wide range of factors that can dictate which solution will suit your entrance the best. Here we take a look at some of the key things to consider when selecting and then installing an entrance control solution.

  • Begin with your installation deadline in mind

Working backward from your deadline, we can advise you on the most suitable solutions to meet both your security and design requirements, as well as your project’s timescales.

Shorter timescales may mean that your options for bespoke alterations and integrations may be limited, but this does not mean that you need to compromise on quality or aesthetics, as we have a range of standard products which complement any environment.

However, if you do require bespoke customisations or third-party product integrations, you will need to allow a longer lead time.

  • Understand what you’re working with

Once we have established the timescale you are working to, the next stage – particularly for more complex projects – is to complete an in-depth site survey. During the survey, we will visit the site, free of charge, and explore exactly what is needed to deliver the most suitable solution, including integrations, customisations, and potential installation challenges.

It is important to complete these stages first, as it gives us all the information up front and allows us to avoid both unexpected extended timescales and any confusion when it comes to integrations, customisations, or installation techniques.

  • Selecting your turnstiles

This may sound simple, but there are so many factors that will dictate which solution will work best for your needs, it can be a challenge to know where to start.

We’ve put together this short video which provides five key things to consider when selecting your turnstile.


  • Consider the benefits of additional features

When deciding what type of entrance control system to install, it is important to evaluate what it needs to do, including any additional data capture requirements and if there’s a need to integrate with building management systems. Most importantly, you should consider which types of behaviour to encourage and discourage – particularly unauthorised access.

Read more about different types of unauthorised access here.

The intelligent technology found in Fastlane turnstiles facilitates seamless third-party integrations and prevents entrance violations like no other.

From optical sidegating prevention technology to the very latest in anti-climb detection, Fastlane turnstiles are well equipped to deal with many of the most common unauthorised access attempts. Fastlane products also benefit from the capability to be integrated with all known security and building management systems too.

  • Installing your turnstiles

When it comes to the installation of your turnstiles, the time this will take is calculated based largely upon the number of lanes and the geographical location of the site. If there are old units that need to be removed, this could also increase the time required for installation by up to a day.

The time of day when the installation needs to take place should also be taken into consideration, as timescales can be affected if our installation team can only work outside of normal working hours or if we need to fit in with other contractors’ schedules.

Tony Smith, Major Accounts and Marketing Manager at IDL said: “Where should I start is a common question we get asked by architects, security managers and facilities managers when they’re specifying entrance control.

“With over 30 years experience helping our installation partners find the right solutions for their clients’ requirements, we are well placed to be able to offer both advice and also a wide variety of turnstile solutions. While we don’t generally carry out installations ourselves, as part of the commissioning service, once the turnstiles are installed we will visit the site to make sure that the handover is smooth and that the solution is working as expected. It’s all part of ensuring we deliver the best products, matched with excellent customer service.”

If you need further support or information, our team and our installation partners are experts at helping you to select the right product for the environment. Get in touch with our team on +44 (0)208 890 5550 or email