Security Revolving Door Reaches 40 Year Anniversary

Boon Edam Inc. announced the 40th anniversary of the launch of its Tourlock security revolving door. The demand for this security entrance, first built in 1980, continues to grow as the risks to organizations due to unauthorized entry increase. Today, the Tourlock is used in thousands of facilities worldwide including commercial campuses and government buildings due to its level of throughput and ability to prevent unauthorized access without the need for manned supervision. In addition, the Tourlock has been an automatic, touchless security solution requiring no contact from users during activation and operation, making it as relevant today as it was decades ago.

Mitigating Tailgating by Design

Tailgating is a common way intruders can slip into a secure facility. The Tourlock security revolving door, by design, prevents an unauthorized user from following an authorized user in the trailing compartment. This working principle removes the burden on people to be impolite by refusing to hold open a swing door for a stranger. An added feature of the Tourlock is that it stops rotating in the plus position during a tailgating attempt. This places a wall between the intruder and the secure area and the intruder can only turn back and step out of the door, while the authorized user continues onward into the secure area without any interference.

Preventing Piggybacking with Technology

The Tourlock combines construction with the option to include the intelligence of a near-infrared detection technology housed in the ceiling, called StereoVision. StereoVision scans each compartment during rotation to verify that a user is alone before allowing them to enter a secure facility. If more than one person is detected, the door will stop rotating and alarm, then slowly rotate backwards, forcing both users to exit the door.

The technology in StereoVision has been enhanced over the decades and today is able to function in a variety of lighting environments, including outdoor lighting. Its performance over the years has proven to be a reliable method of preventing piggybacking into a secure area without the excessive false rejections.

Add-Ons for Increased Security

For added security, the Tourlock security door on a building envelope can be outfitted with Level 3 bullet-resistant glass, capable of stopping three .44 magnum bullets. Additionally, biometric identity verification devices can be attached to the end post or a pedestal to provide a secure and touchless authorization method. The Tourlock is capable of integrating with virtually any access system on the market.

Integrated Diagnostic Software for Fast Service Resolutions

In recent years, the Tourlock was upgraded to include an integrated, IP-enabled software platform called BoonConnect that helps technicians diagnose the door and get it running again should there be an outage. An on-site technician simply logs in from a remote laptop, cell phone or tablet and can review performance data as well as diagnostic information about the door’s sensors, drive system, motor and more. This visibility can save hours or days of time resolving any issues.

“We at Boon Edam owe a great deal of our success to the Tourlock in the last 10 years. It’s been critical in meeting the growing security requirements of the Fortune 500 and along with our turnstile offering has helped launch our Enterprise team to the level of success they have today,” says Valerie Anderson, president and managing director, Boon Edam Inc. “Even after 40 years, the demand for reliable security at the entry has only continued to increase and the Tourlock continues to prove itself time and time again.”

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