While we offer a large variety of products, we also offer the experience to help you choose which type of unit would be best for your facility.
One product that seems to be the most misunderstood is the waist high ADA swing gate. While it is certainly important to provide ADA access, there are several aspects that are overlooked. First and foremost, ADA accessible gates should not be considered a main point of entry in a secured environment, and instead should be used to suppliment more traditional tripod turnstiles. The primary reason for this is because once access is granted and the arm is swung open, any number of people may choose to bypass the security checkpoint by shuffling through the gate while it is open. In someone's attempt to be polite and hold the gate open for another pedestrian, they may be inadvertently allowing access to someone who should not be allowed in.
An additional issue relevant to the same cause above is in the case of purchasing turnstiles for counting. While a standard turnstile self-centers after each person walks through, an ADA swing gate can be held open and allow multiple people through, therefore giving an inacurate count. Once the arm has swung back to it's home position, it will count the next swing (and not necessarily each person who walks through).
Referring back to a scenario of security, another potential issue is if turnstiles are purchased with free egress. An ADA gate's arm be pulled towards the unsecure side if configured for free egress, defeating the purpose altogether.
Luckily, years of experience has taught us several methods to alleviate the above issues and more. A multitude of options can be implemented in order to accomplish what you may need at your facility. From motorization to optical anti-piggybacking to something as simple as a request to exit button, we have the solutions you need. Whether your concerns are about simply directing traffic flow or providing emergency egress, call us today and we will work with you to discover the best solution for you.