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On-The-Go Security with Portable Turnstiles

Generally used in subways, airports, and amusement parks, turnstiles are great for security and allow the flow of pedestrians to be monitored and controlled through a variety of gates. With portable turnstiles, you can use this type of security anywhere! These turnstile gates can be accessed through coins, tokens, or card access systems if desired and can even scan tickets for entry into large events.

Below are some highlights and benefits of using portable turnstiles:

  • They can be battery powered and controlled wirelessly
  • Used by the Marine Corps, colleges, professional sports organizations, concert venues, and construction sites
  • Full, half, and other heights to provide maximum security for an event
  • Can handle high volumes of traffic and work both indoors and outdoors
  • Built with revolving arms or full height roto-gates to allow one person entry
  • Some use lasers to count people or card access systems to scan identification such as badges, student IDs, etc.

Originally created to allow people to pass through while livestock remained penned in, turnstiles are used all over the world today for a variety of functions. Portable turnstiles are extremely useful in giving businesses and event coordinators an accurate count of attendance. They also benefit security by providing a clear view of each patron as they enter single file. By using turnstiles, a security team can easily isolate any potential trouble that attempts to pass through.

Though it is difficult for those in wheelchairs or carrying luggage to pass through a regular portable turnstile conveniently, there are wide aisle gates available to make entry and exit much smoother. There are a variety of different types of turnstile gates available, each with a different function, including:

  • Waist-high – commonly used at fairs or arenas and are designed to accept tickets as verification for passing through.
  • Drop arm optical – uses a combination of a barrier and an optical turnstile where one must physically push through the gate.
  • Optical – A more modern alternative to the drop arms, using lasers or card access systems to scan entry.
  • Full-height turnstiles – usually around 7 ft. tall, these turnstiles are similar to revolving doors and the height prevents people from potentially jumping over them.