You might be familiar with the term ‘tailgating’ – the act of following someone through an access controlled open door unauthorised – but what about ‘sidegating’?
For us, this new term refers to the act of two people attempting unauthorised side-by-side dual entry through an entrance control system, and it has only recently become relevant due to the advent of wider turnstile lanes. Visitors to IFSEC last week were invited to ‘sidegate’ on the Fastlane stand, to see if they could beat IDL’s latest optical technology.
In response to changing regulations and to meet customer demands for wider lanes for both pedestrian and wheelchair users’ comfort, we developed extensions to our range of Fastlane Speedgates, launching the Glassgate 155 at the end of 2017 and, most recently, the Glassgate 400 Plus. Both models enable Fastlane customers to install turnstile lanes of up to 1200mm wide, significantly wider than the standard 660mm and 914mm DDA and ADA compliant lanes that have previously been supplied.
But, with the development of wider lanes came the potential for ‘sidegating’. Driven by this emerging security risk, we developed new optical technology to prevent this form of breach.
Tony Smith, Major Accounts and Marketing Manager at Integrated Design Limited, comments:
“Developing Speedgates that are wide enough to comfortably fit wheelchairs, including sports wheelchairs – which are wider than standard wheelchairs – means that the lanes are also wide enough to easily fit two pedestrians through, side-by-side. Most turnstiles are unable to detect this kind of behaviour, so for individuals wanting to attempt unauthorised access – whether they have harmful intentions or not – this presents an opportunity. Our in-house engineers have developed technology that is capable of preventing this from happening.”
The new optical technology is part of IDL’s policy of continuous improvement to our products and services, including wider redevelopment of our optical system which is purpose designed and built by our in-house engineers for exclusive use in Fastlane turnstiles.
“Behind the beautiful exterior of a Fastlane turnstile, the intelligent infrared matrix that drives the decision to authorise entry makes thousands of calculations per second based on speed of passage, luggage being carried or pulled, distance to the authorised pedestrian and direction of movement. We’re constantly reviewing the way the intelligence interprets what it sees in a lane to further enhance our already market-leading optical system, with further developments due to be announced soon.”
For more information about the Fastlane Glassgate 400 Plus or to arrange a private demonstration at our showroom in Feltham, West London, please get in touch with our team on +44 (0)20 8890 5550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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