Access control gates, also known as turnstiles and security gates, control access into or out of an area. They use physical barriers and detection systems to dictate who can gain access to an area and when. An access control gate may be integrated with other gates that work together to form an access control system. These turnstiles and security gates serve the purpose of allowing entry and egress into and out of a facility in a controlled manner.
Anything that controls access to an area is considered an access control gate. Waist high turnstiles, full height turnstiles, and electronic optical turnstiles all fall into this category. ADA gates and doors also fall into this category. These gates provide physical barriers to entry and come in many shapes, sizes, security levels and finishes.
Access control gates are not only used for security but also for credential checking and crowd control purposes. They may be used in office buildings, government headquarters, and data centers to provide security. They may also be used in stadiums, amusement parks, and subway terminals to verify tickets and control crowds. The benefits of access control gates go well beyond security.