What do you need to know when buying turnstiles?


Turnstiles are among the most popular forms of perimeter security across the UK. They provide businesses and organisations with a robust and highly secure way of managing access to a site – without the need for costly security staff. However, every business is different, and there’s no such thing as a one size fits all approach when it comes to perimeter security. Here are some points to consider before making a decision.

Location, Location, Location

The first thing you will need to discuss is the location that your turnstile will inhabit. Turnstiles are commonplace in football grounds, theme parks, sports stadiums, and military bases. However, the turnstiles used in these circumstances may be quite different to those at an apartment building, hotel, or even a train station. While for some businesses, security is paramount and aesthetics less important – for others, there is a need to balance out effectiveness with a welcoming and friendly vibe.

Fit For Purpose

What will you be using your turnstile for? There are a variety of different turnstiles available. As well as the environment of the turnstile, you need to think about other factors like traffic. For busy sites, with high numbers of footfall such as train stations – it’s important that access can be granted safely but also in a quick manner. Whereas for a warehouse holding sensitive or high-value goods, extra credential checks might be more important than flow rate.


Tailgating is when a person illegally gains access to a site – either by following in quickly behind an authorised visitor, or having a card passed back to them by another visitor who is in on the scam. This is a headache for many businesses, who only realise what has happened later on as they review CCTV footage. Or worse, when they have to clear up the mess left behind. You can combat tailgating with anti-passback features. They effectively prevent tailgaters ‘passing back’ security cards or fobs used for entry.


A good provider knows that businesses have to keep in line with budgets and should be able to provide you with a few different options.

Turnstiles can be integrated with a number of different access control options including proximity cards, tokens, keypad entry, and voice/video intercom control and can be customised to meet your needs. Whereas a more simple form of turnstile may cost you less.

While turnstiles can vary in cost, the important thing to keep in mind is the long-term savings they could provide. Turnstiles allow you to have better control over the entry points of your site, and provide a physical barrier that stops criminals and unwanted guests in their tracks. Not only this but turnstiles can often be controlled automatically and are an effective alternative to the hiring of in-person security guards.

Gateway Automation can help businesses and organisations to protect their assets from serious crime with minimum disruption while maintaining safe and comfortable working environments for clients. For a free no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey please contact Gateway Automation on 01522 682255. Alternatively, our brochure can be downloaded here


The Advantages of road blockers and rising kerbs

road blockers

We all want to protect our businesses from crime and there are a great many tools out there to help us on our way. Gates, barriers, bollards and turnstiles are just a few of the resources that can help develop an effective security strategy. However, when it comes to meeting the challenges of vehicular traffic there may be other tools to consider too. Here we explain the benefits of road blockers and rising kerbs.

Managing Traffic

Gates and barriers should be the foundation of any worthwhile perimeter security plan. They help you to monitor and shut off access to unwanted vehicles and check over the credentials of your visitors before allowing them access to your site. But there may be other factors to think about here too.

Easy Access

For some sites, it is important to be able to maintain easy access to your site and this can sometimes prove to be a conundrum for businesses that simultaneously want to protect themselves from crime.

It might be that you operate in a customer-facing environment such as retail. In this case, you wouldn’t want to slow down the entry of customers or trade vehicles. This would have a negative effect on both trade, and customer satisfaction.

Even if your business is not customer facing, it might be important for you to maintain rapid access in order to meet targets and maintain your operations to a high standard.

There is a solution though. You can avoid negative feedback by keeping gates open during opening hours and using alternative tools such as rising kerbs and road blockers which can allow you to control traffic in specific areas – for instance by blocking off a loading bay.

Quality Protection

Allowing easy access is one thing, but for highly sensitive sites you may want to limit access as much as possible. Government buildings, financial institutions, data centres, and those working in defence all require a sophisticated approach to perimeter security.

Road Blockers, in particular, are a go-to for many high-profile organisations around the world looking to reduce the threat of unlawful access, and even terrorist attacks.

Hydraulic road blockers prevent vehicles from gaining access to restricted areas while simultaneously doubling up as a deterrent.

They are available in widths of 2.0 to 5.0 metres and three heights for varying security levels. 340mm height for cars & vans, 500mm height for high security & 800mm height ultimate security against HGVs.

A visually intimidating presence, road blockers are uncompromising in nature and can be fitted with yellow and black chevrons to send out a stark message to would-be intruders that you take your security needs seriously.

Terrorists want to impact the most devastation and disruption they can, and if they feel that your site is too well protected to have an impact then you may well no longer be considered a key target.

Gateway Automation provides a range of perimeter security systems to help businesses and individuals to secure their sites and also provides nationwide servicing and repairs to gates, barriers and other perimeter security equipment. To find out more, please contact us on 01522 68255 or take a look at our brochure which can be viewed here.