How Access Controlled Revolving Doors Can Protect Businesses From Crime

From “How Access Controlled Revolving Doors Can Protect Businesses From Crime” (03/09/18) Thomas, Tracie. By ASIS.

Keeping the entrances and exits to a building secure is an extremely high priority for most organizations. Architectural revolving doors may not always be top-of-mind when designing a new security system. However, with recent technological advances—and considering that they occupy less floor space and are excellent at reducing unwanted air infiltration into an interior—it is time to consider their role in a complete physical security plan. Revolving doors can be a reliable solution for providing the first line of defense against unwanted entry. They are often deployed in buildings where public use is needed during the day, but controlled access is required in the evening. Thanks to technology employing electricity, today’s manual revolving doors are more capable than ever before. New security features include emergency security lockdown, remote locking, and access control integration. For example, facility staff can electronically lock the door in place by pushing a remotely located button, or an access control system can lock the door automatically at a specific time of day. Notably, standard revolving doors are not equipped to prevent tailgating, or an unauthorized person following an authorized person through an entrance. If this is a concern, revolving doors should be the first of several layers of physical security. Overall, standard revolving doors can be a simple, cost-effective, and easy to implement solution that helps prevent unwanted entry and keeps building interiors safe.

Author: Gregory Schmidt, CPP, PSP, CHSS

Gregory M. Schmidt, CPP, PSP, CHSS of Eagle/ Trident Security is board certified in Security Management, Physical Security, and Healthcare Security supervision. He has over thirty years of experience developing dynamic security programs, plans and policies for businesses in Indiana, Kansas and Florida. His conversation-style personal safety seminars are highly regarded and always in demand. Mr. Schmidt is a member of ASIS International, the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

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