TriStar FH21 Turnstile Plays Vital Role Securing Entry to Cross River Rail Worksites
MORE TRAINS MORE OFTEN | The Qld Government’s $5.4bn Cross River Rail project has progressed from its early works in 2017, to major construction in 2019 and is now well on its way to being delivered.
Key worksites have been established at Woolloongabba, Boggo Road, Albert Street, Roma Street and Exhibition/RNA Showgrounds to build the new underground rail system that will streamline Brisbane’s public transport system.
The project aims to deliver a new 10.2-kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, including 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels under the Brisbane River and CBD by 2025. While the engineering feats involved are staggering, in the age of COVID, the management of the large workforce is equally as impressive.
DELIVERING INTELLIGENT ACCESS CONTROL
Demolition, underground excavation, tunnelling and construction are high risk, hazardous activities, but even more so when carried out in built-up city locations.
With a project as large and complex as Cross River Rail, strict compliance with workplace health and safety standards minimises risks to workers. High-level security measures keep people working, living and moving around the work areas out of harm’s way.
Knowing who is where on all work sites at any time, preventing access to unauthorised people, controlling access to high risk or restricted areas and managing the movement of the site-based workforce, contractors and visitors is a mammoth undertaking.
Damstra’s high-tech integrated workforce management software manages, monitors, tracks, and controls the access rights of everybody entering the project work sites.
Requiring proven, reliable entry and exit barriers to team up with Damtra’s sophisticated site access control technology, the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority specified Rotech’s Full Height Turnstiles, Gates and Boom Gates.
EXAMPLE OF OUR TURNSTILES ON THE JOB
Work at the Albert Street station has been relentless and fast-paced, involving excavation and retention activities including rock hammering, controlled blasting, drilling, soil removal, installing propping systems, formwork and concreting.
Sections of road have been closed during this activity but the pedestrian thoroughfare has been maintained. This is a massive planning challenge for the team.
“Albert Street is very different, we’re a lot more constrained in size. We have thousands of people walking through the site and we have residential towers beside us”
– Dusan Ilac, TSD Area Engineering Manager, Cross River Rail
Rotech’s Australian-made TriStar F21 full height turnstiles and security gate
playing a vital security and safety role at the Albert Street Site
The TriStar F21 full height turnstiles and wide access security gates work in real-time with Damstra’s multi-site access control system to only allow compliant workers and authorised contractors entry.
- No Tailgating: the design restricts access to one person at a time, preventing tailgating of an unauthorised person by following an authorised one
- Convenient: the high, wide security gate entrance allows easy entry for personnel wearing hard hats, carrying tools and bulky equipment
- Bi-directional: the turnstile can be set to entrance only, exit only or used in both directions. The status indication system indicates whether the turnstile is secure i.e. the entry/exit is closed or freewheeling
- High capacity drive mechanism: has a 5-year guarantee
- Battery back-up: on power failure, the TriStar’s unique relay and battery backup system automatically switches to battery back-up and activates a warning siren to indicate that the power supply has failed. The turnstile can function for up to 3000 cycles without mains power.
When personnel swipe their access cards the access control system records and monitors who is on-site and where. This is critical information in an emergency when site management and safety crews need to know the location and how many personnel are on site.
TRISTAR F21 FULL HEIGHT TURNSTILE
Ideal for construction sites, a portable base and solar power options allow it to be used in remote locations or situations without access to mains power. Easily relocatable the turnstile and gate can be moved to different locations as the project progresses.
The TriStar is the first Australian-made product of its type, created to provide customers with a safe and secure method of access control with multiple optional features and customisation options.
If you would like further information about this or other safety and security solutions call Vince on 07 3250 1123 or email us at email@example.com
References: Information relating to Cross River Rail project activity was sourced from the official State of Queensland website at https://crossriverrail.qld.gov.au – Last Accessed 25 August 2021
Touchless Technology Solution | Sanitation Control
All Rotech vehicle and pedestrian access control products can be integrated with touchless or other technologies to provide fast, safe, secure access solutions.
HYGIENE IS PARAMOUNT – SANITATION CONTROL
Providing the highest quality product possible Is a top priority for one of Australia’s leading seafood companies. Implementing quality assurance procedures to efficiently manage hygiene levels at their processing sites was pivotal to achieving this goal.
Rotech was able to assist them with hygiene control and monitoring access to the production area.
A ROTECH SMART SOLUTION IN ACTION
Managing entry and exit into production areas
Access to the production area is controlled by our TriStar Waist Height Turnstile which is integrated with the facility’s access control system.
Workers scan their keycard at the turnstile recording their movement in and out of the production area while restricting access to anyone unauthorised to enter.
Ensuring a high level of hygiene was maintained
All workers were required to pass through a sanitising area where they walk through an automated foot bath before disinfecting their hands at an alcohol disinfectant spray unit, which automatically sprays when they put their hands under it.
The TriStar turnstile was also integrated with this spray unit and until workers disinfected their hands, the turnstile would prevent their access to the production area.
Equipment needed to work consistently and reliably in a harsh and wet environment
The sanitising room undergoes a thorough cleaning every night to maintain hygiene. The TriStar turnstile, constructed of 316, food-grade, stainless steel and suitable for food processing and handling facilities. It’s IP65 rated enclosure made it completely waterproof and highly durable in this tough environment.
Whether it is a food manufacturing facility or a hospital – Rotech has been at the forefront of innovating new ways to create efficient access control solutions for virtually any situation.
With the pandemic heightening our awareness of all the things we touch Rotech has the expertise and the products to provide touchless access control solutions for all types of situations. For more information about our touchless technology solutions call Alan on (07) 3205 1123 or email us
5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Installing Turnstiles and Flap Barriers
Thinking about installing turnstiles or flap barriers in your building? If you are, good on you as you’re taking the first step to creating more secure premises. Turnstiles and flap barriers do much more than just act as your building’s gateway or door. They provide several benefits that make them very valuable and worthwhile additions to any venue.
What Are Turnstiles and Flap Barriers?
Turnstiles and flap barriers are automated systems made up of sensors, barriers and access control systems that allow or prohibit entry or exit. They come in a number of different materials. designs and sizes to suit different needs, venues and applications.
Flap barriers have two flaps on either side that serve as physical barriers, limiting pedestrian access into a venue.
Turnstiles can be optical, which use infrared sensors to detect approaching people, and can operate with or without barriers. They can also be full height or waist high. Full height turnstiles have durable rotating barriers that extend from the ceiling to the floor much like revolving doors and provide enhanced security. Waist high turnstiles, on the other hand, have a tripod barrier arm that rotates at waist level.
Why Install Turnstiles and Flap Barriers?
You might think that having automated doors with access controls on your premises is a good enough security measure, but turnstiles and flap barriers turn this up a notch and offer so much more:
1. Increased Security and Control
While automatic doors with access controls offer some security, they’re often prone to ‘tailgating’, wherein intruders or unauthorised persons follow immediately after those with authorised access when they enter or exit premises. This compromises the area’s security, and also makes it difficult to track the exact number and identities of those coming in and out of a supposedly secure area.
With turnstiles or flap barriers, such instances can be eliminated. They allow for only one person to pass at a time, with the necessary valid credentials. After letting an authorised person pass, barriers close immediately. And some models can even detect tailgating, loitering or forced passage and trigger an alarm.
Letting just one person pass at a time gives security personnel time to inspect any suspicious characters, spot potential trouble and intervene if necessary. This also works well for crowd control. With automatic doors you could have any number of people passing through without valid access any time the doors open. With turnstiles and flap barriers however, only one person at a time may pass, effectively controlling large numbers of people entering such venues as stadiums, amusement parks and sports venues.
2. Full Access Control Integration
Turnstile entry systems can be fully integrated with a building’s access control and security system. Working in conjunction with CCTV cameras, automatic doors and other security equipment, turnstiles and flap barriers can effectively secure premises. If an intruder or unauthorised person is detected at the turnstile, an alarm can quickly be triggered, doors locked down and cameras turned on to detain the threat. With the integrated access control system, you’ll also be able to collect information such as the specific identities, and time and location of every person coming and going through exit and entrance points.
3. Time and Cost Savings
With these systems in place there is a lesser need for security or front desk personnel to check and verify identification. Authorised persons can simply present their ID cards or biometrics and gain access. This saves you from having to pay personnel to constantly man exit and entrance points, and also saves time by streamlining the exit and entrance of persons.
4. Operational Flexibility
Turnstiles and flap barriers have plenty of options to suit your specific operational needs. You can set them to operate in one direction or bi-directionally. Setting them for entry only works in cases such as in early morning hours when employees are coming into a building. You can then switch them to exit only at night. They can also be locked down when your facility is closed, or in free pass mode, which lets people pass freely without authorisation in the event of an emergency.
5. Additional Features
Turnstiles and flap barriers can be used to count admissions and procure pertinent information such as the number of people currently in the area, peak traffic hours, and whether or not there are still people remaining in the area. This is particularly useful for venues such as amusement parks and sports venues.
Another common use of turnstiles and flap barriers is enforcing payment at venues, where people cannot get in unless they have a paid ticket or access key. This is another very useful feature for amusement parks, sports venues and public transportation terminals.
To learn more about how turnstiles and flap barriers can benefit your business, or inquire about the best access control systems for your needs, get in touch with Rotech today on (07) 3205 1123.
Access Control Systems Ensure West Gate Tunnel Workers’ Safety
The Monash Freeway upgrade, access improvements for Webb Doc and the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel are city-shaping projects that will provide quicker and safer journeys for Melbourne commuters.
West Gate Tunnel – 5 Years in the Making
Providing an alternative to the West Gate Bridge the West Gate Tunnel will be a much needed second river crossing.
Two state-of-the-art boring machines building the twin tunnels started their journey at the northern portal on Whitehall Street, Footscray and are moving south-west towards the southern portals in the West Gate Freeway.
Behind the boring machines, a mobile factory installs a concrete lining, forming the walls, roof and base of the tunnel. Followed by crews of up to 20 people who build the road surface and install electrics, ventilation and safety system.
For more information about the West Gate Tunnel Project visit the West Gate Tunnel webpage
Managing the Workforce
With over 3,000 people currently working on the project keeping track of, managing and protecting every person on site is a mammoth undertaking.
Underground excavation and tunnelling is a high risk, hazardous activity. As such mining operators are responsible for ensuring strict compliance with Occupational Health and Safety regulations to protect workers from injury or death.
Controlling access to high risk or restricted areas and managing the movement of the site-based workforce, contractors and visitors is crucial to the prevention and minimisation of risks to the health and safety of both employees and the public.
A leader in workforce management software as a service, Damstra Technology is providing essential systems for mining operators and other project construction contractors to monitor, manage, keep track and protect their employees.
Australian-made turnstiles – on the job
Requiring reliable, high-performance physical entry and exit barriers that could be teamed with their sophisticated site and access control technology Damstra chose Rotech.
Eight F21 full height turnstiles have been delivered to various tunnel project locations. Their role is to secure perimeters, prevent unauthorised entry and control access to high danger zones.
Rotech’s Australian made TriStar F21 full height turnstiles work seamlessly with the Damstra’s hi-tech workforce management and access control software. Performing a vital role in creating a safe and secure operating environment for all personnel the turnstiles allow:
- Employee swipe cards record arrival and departure times for calculating wages
- The access control system records and monitors who is on site and their location. Critical information in an emergency where site management and safety crews need to know the location and how many personnel on site
- Limits access to one person at a time – there’s no tailgating of an unauthorised person following an authorised one
- A bi-directional turnstile means the TriStar can be set to entrance only, exit only or used in both directions
- High, wide entrance allows easy entry for personnel wearing hard hats and carrying tools.
Why Rotech’s TriStar F21 Full Height Turnstile?
The TriStar is the first Australian-made product of its type, created to provide customers with a safe and secure method of access control with multiple optional features and customisation options:
- Ideal for construction sites, a portable base and solar power options allow it to be used in remote locations or situations without access to mains power
- A high-capacity drive mechanism with a 5 year warranty
- Strong galvanised frame and rotor preventing forced entry
- The turnstile roof design prevents unauthorised and unseen entry at unattended exits
- Status indication system provides the ability to see whether the turnstile secure i.e. the entry/exit is closed or freewheeling
- On power failure, the built-in relay automatically initiates the battery back system and sets off a warning siren. This means in situations where power is down the turnstile can continue to function normally for up to 3000 cycles without mains power.
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If you would like further information about this or other safety and security combinations for your premises call us on 07 3250 1123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Building Security: Preventing and Detecting Unauthorised Access
Every business, building or site is different. The best Access Control Equipment for you may not be the same as for the business next door. The best way to prevent and detect unauthorised access is by identifying and understanding your particular security weak spots.
So what are the most common weak spots for unauthorised access into buildings and how do you prevent them?
Tailgating is probably the easiest way to gain access to a building without authorisation. The perpetrator just waits for someone to enter and follows behind them. Many people will even hold the door open for an unauthorised person out of politeness.
Training your staff on this matter is a good prevention method. Creating a culture in the office of politely questioning anybody they don’t recognise will reduce the risk of unauthorised access. This does leave significant room for error however and in larger companies, may not be realistic.
Turnstiles or Flap Barriers are a good way of eliminating tailgating. They only allow one person to enter at a time which slows foot traffic down and allows front of house staff time to observe and identify people as they arrive.
Turnstiles with swipe cards, camera or intercom features will add the extra level of security by only allowing access to authorised personnel and eliminating an intruder’s opportunity to tailgate behind them.
Humans are always looking for the most convenient way to do something, it’s in our nature. You could invest in the most high-tech control access equipment but if people are propping the door so that they don’t have to keep opening it, your systems are suddenly redundant.
Some access control systems can now detect when a door is propped open and alert security accordingly. Another way to resolve the issue is to invest in automatic doors complete with state of the art door sensors.
Keys and Access Cards
Giving keys to staff members makes you vulnerable to human error. People lose keys, misplace them or they can easily be stolen. Many people also have key-rings with the company’s name on them which makes it easy for burglars to identify your building as a target should the keys fall into the wrong hands.
Access cards are the more advanced version of keys as they are registered to a particular person. Cards can track who entered the building and when and can also be used as identification if a photo is included. It is usually easier and cheaper to block access to a card than it is to replace all of the locks should a key or card be lost.
Cards are however still susceptible to human error. To minimise the risk, ensure that the company name or address is not visible so that if it is lost, misplaced or stolen, the building cannot be identified.
What Access Control Equipment Should I Use?
Ultimately, most types of security systems have their own weak spots and your best option may be to utilise multiple security measures in conjunction with each other in order to truly minimise risk. Look at our catalogue of security and access control equipment to find the right combination for you.
What are your weak spots when it comes to Building Security? Leave a comment below, or for expert advice on the best security measures for your building, contact us today.
Improving Safety and Security with Turnstiles
Controlling access is one of the greatest security and safety challenges for property and event managers. They have a responsibility to protect customers and their own staff from threats ranging from armed robbery right up to terrorist attacks.
The great benefit of turnstiles is that only one person at a time can enter a building or enclosure – there’s no tailgating of an unauthorised person behind an authorised one.
This means turnstiles have a major part to play in creating a safe environment for staff and customers, whether it’s at industrial premises, a sports event, concert or even a Boxing Day sale.
In fact, Security Magazine reported in January that sales of turnstiles have increased markedly in the past few years because of increased security fears around the world.
The benefits of turnstiles
Turnstiles slow foot traffic, giving security and reception staff a chance to spot trouble before it occurs. They monitor and manage the movement of visitors and staff, permitting a steady flow of people so tickets can be checked, passes validated and numbers counted.
The modern breed of turnstiles can be integrated with other security features such as swipe cards or cameras, with employee time cards to record arrival and departure times, and with bar code readers to detect pilfering and theft on exit.
They can also be used to prevent unauthorised entry – whether intentional or not – to secure or dangerous areas such as construction, industrial or mining sites.
Australian-made turnstiles with Rotech
Rotech’s TriStar Full Height Turnstile is the first Australian-made product of its type and comes with multiple security and safety options.
- It is bi-directional and can be set to entrance only, exit only or used both ways, then locked outside opening hours.
- A soft start and stop feature makes it easy to use, even for a small child.
- High, wide entrance allows easy entry for personnel wearing hard hats and carrying tools.
- The frame and rotor are galvanised, and stainless steel is an option.
- High-capacity drive mechanism supports all types and sizes of rotating arms.
- Battery back-up can operate the turnstile to for up to 3000 cycles during power outages.
- Turnstile roof prevents unauthorised and unseen entry at unattended exits.
- Compatible with all access control systems.
- Can incorporate an alcohol breathalyser to prevent entry to working sites by personnel who have been drinking.
- Optional solar panel operation for remote areas or building sites.
Rotech prides itself on bringing the latest trends in automated security to Australia. Contact us to discuss how our turnstiles can help boost safety and security at your premises or major event.
Trends in Controlling Pedestrian Movement
Whether a stadium, entertainment venue or large commercial business, if your premises plays host to large numbers of people, then the control of pedestrian movement is essential.
Safety is the number one concern. Regulating the movements of customers, clients, visitors, and external contractors is an important risk mitigation strategy for any business. Second to that is security, including protection against theft of goods.
The options for controlling pedestrian movement have evolved with the need for increased safety and security and faster more efficient operation. Manual gates are still valuable in the right circumstances, but automated options – including turnstiles, pedestrian barriers, flap barriers, and rapid access gates – have raised the bar.
Let’s look at some of the latest products available to manage pedestrian movement.
These can range from full height security turnstiles, for situations where access to sensitive areas needs close monitoring, to waist height turnstiles – an excellent access limitation measure to enable basic clearance checks.
These are great for areas with a lot of foot traffic, such as sporting venues and office buildings. Some models even include memory storage, which remembers the number of swipe cards presented and keeps the turnstile unlocked until the last person to swipe their card has passed.
Flap pedestrian barriers offer a modern sophisticated look and are an ideal security measure for entry points into businesses requiring an additional level of screening.
They are fast and suited to high-volume foot traffic areas. They also prevent pedestrian ‘tailgating’ and entry from the incorrect direction; an added security feature not provided by swing gates and waist-high turnstiles.
Drop Arm rapid access gates
Drop arm access gates have two major advantages over turnstiles and flap barriers.
Sleek cabinet designs fit into areas where normal turnstiles would not and the wider passageway allows access for wheelchairs and contractors with bulky work equipment.
Automatic and manual pedestrian gates
These security solutions are perfect to prevent shoplifting from supermarkets, pharmacies, liquor stores and other retailers.
Radars or beams detect movement and open the gate as customers enter the shop. When combined with barrier rails they guide the customer past the checkout and prevent customers exiting through the entrance without paying.
Manual gates are also a great low-cost choice for closing checkouts and restricting access to areas with lower foot traffic.
There are many great options available to control pedestrian movement and add a layer of security to your commercial or industrial premises. Contact us for a discussion of your business’s requirements.
Why Solar-Powered Gates Come up Trumps
While the new US President has opened his tenure with a bang, the last thing you want is this happening to your entrance gates. A smooth transition would be nice, wouldn’t it?
And if you’ve never considered a solar gate opener to make that smooth transition possible, you should. There’s a range of benefits associated with solar-powered gates that go beyond the obvious electricity savings – although that’s certainly one of them.
Let’s take a look.
Gone are the days where green-themed products had diminished capabilities compared with their hard-wired counterparts. Modern boom gates, swing gates and sliding solar gate openers are heavy duty and able to cope with a variety of commercial and industrial applications, as well as residential requirements. They also come with the full range of features, including:
- Battery backup
- Programmable operating modes
- Timers to give access during working hours, but not on weekends, for example
- Transmitter remote controls
- Adjustable opening and closing speeds – faster open, slower close, for example
- Safety sensors
- Rugged, weather-resistant sealed control panels.
Free power, renewable from the sun
Using free renewable energy from the sun to power gates can save a lot on electricity bills – particularly in high traffic areas where gates are operating all the time, or when gates are large or heavy.
There’s no better feeling than using Australia’s burning sun to reduce the heat on your bank account!
An eco-friendly option
We all understand the importance of reducing our carbon footprint for future sustainability. Using a solar-powered gate opener is a great investment when you consider the potential financial savings on electricity.
But many businesses and individuals are also switching to solar for ethical reasons – the sun is a renewable resource compared to coal-generated power.
Perfect for remote locations
In rural and remote locations, mains power isn’t always available. Solar-powered openers come into their own here. With a variety of styles and functions, solar gate openers for swing and sliding gates, boom gates, and even turnstiles are brilliant off-grid, eco-friendly, reliable solutions.
The electricity savings alone mean solar power is worth considering. But as you can see, there’s many other benefits too. If you’d like to discuss installing solar gate openers in domestic, commercial or industrial settings, give us a call to find out more about the options.
New TriStar F21 full height turnstile – faster, safer and more secure
The TriStar F21 Full Height Turnstile now features an innovative battery back-up system providing a level of security not available before on an Australian made turnstile. The increased height over the previous model adds to accessibility without compromising on security.
Until recently turnstiles were simply considered part of a building or facility’s overall security plan. Today, the increasing threat of extremist activity has meant the demand for heightened security afforded by access control equipment, such as turnstiles, is being pushed to the forefront.
The Lindt Cafe hostage situation brought home the reality that Australia was not immune to acts of terror. After this tragic event many organisations increased their security to protect their employees – businesses such as television stations, corporate offices and strategic manufacturing facilities installed one of Rotech‘s full height turnstiles soon after.
The preferred means and methods of securing properties and facilities are changing rapidly. The need for traditional applications, such as perimeter fence line control or access to amusement venues, large events centres, sports stadiums and industrial facilities continues to remain strong. However developers and building owners are now more willing to consider physical barriers for security and are increasingly looking for access control systems that offer the right combination of security, user comfort and personal safety to enhance and add value to their building.
Rotech’s TriStar F21 full height turnstile offers the optimum level of secure access and the required robustness for use outdoors or indoors.
Security – personnel tracking
The ability to be able to quickly determine which employees have entered or exited the building is a key piece of information when ensuring no one is left behind in an urgent evacuation situation. This is easily handled by the TriStar F21 full height turnstile – when used in tandem with an access control system operators can:
- Monitor the time and attendance of each individual
- Track the movement of visitors in or out
- Restrict access by unauthorised people.
With an increased requirement for security monitoring the new status indication system allows the operator to see when the turnstile is closed and if the entry (or exit) is freewheeling. The emergency key release is also monitored.
Unique Battery Back-up Operation
The TriStar F21 full height turnstile‘s innovative battery back-up system handles power outages automatically. On power failure the built-in relay automatically initiates the battery back-up system and sets off a loud warning siren indicating that the turnstile is now operating on battery back-up system. The turnstile can operate normally on back up for up to 3000 cycles.
This is a particularly important feature in an emergency situation where the access control system needs to continue receive information and monitor movement through the turnstile when normal power sources fail.
The TriStar F21 turnstile addresses any accessibility concerns with it‘s increased internal height to 2100mm and wide entrance allowing easy access for personnel wearing hard hats, carrying tools and equipment while still preventing tailgating or piggy backing.
This reliable, low maintenance turnstile incorporates soft start and stop technology which enables even children to easily move the rotating arms without compromising on safety and security.
The TriStar F21 is compatible with all access control systems and special features can be incorporated into our standard design.
Solar panel operation and a portable version are available making the TriStar F21 full height turnstile suitable for remote areas, building sites or positions were it is difficult to get power to.
The customisation options available with the TriStar F21 turnstile are endless. Whatever your specific security requirement Rotech’s access control products can provide a tailored solution.
We have been fulfilling all types of automation control demands for more than 15 years – we are certain that with our extensive range and high level of expertise, we will be able to provide you and your business with a customised solution to suit your need.
For more information about Rotech’s Pedestrian Access Control products visit our Turnstiles and Flap Barriers page.
Call Alan Roberts at ROTECH on 07 3250 1123.
De Costi Seafood’s Production Area Access Control System
When it comes to De Costi Seafood, Australia’s leading Seafood Company, the first thing that comes to mind is quality. They are extremely particular about their product as well as service. In order to provide the best to their consumers, they not only need to ensure that they provide fresh seafood, but also maintain the hygiene levels at their processing sites.
To control the entry and exit into their production areas and ascertain that the workers maintain a high level of hygiene, they required a smart solution. De Costi Seafood was in need of an access control system that could regulate the movement of personnel to and from the production areas. They also needed to make sure that the workers washed their hands and then use a disinfectant before entering those areas.
At the entry i nto Production, De Costi Seafood has a ‘Sanitising room’ and every worker is required to wash his hands and walk through an automated foot bath, which then leads to the turnstile provided by Rotech. This was a special turnstile made of 316-stainless steel, also known as food grade stainless steel, which made it suitable for food processing and handling. The turnstile was integrated with an Alcohol Disinfectant spray that is automatically sprayed when the staff put their hands under it. It was also connected to a hand scanner, which monitored the employees’ clock in time. So unless the employees disinfect and scan their hands, the turnstile will not unlock and they will be unable to enter the production zone. When the employees exit the production area they use the hand scanner to clock out.
The management staff also needed to access the production area; however, since scanning their hands would deduct time off their work hours, they required a separate access control device. Generally, they would have been given access using an RFID reader and an ID card, but because the production area is a place with high exposure to water, ID cards were not a very convenient option. Rotech provided silicon wrist bands for the management, which were not only waterproof and easy to wear, but also ensured that time was not deducted from the management personnel’s work hours. The wrist bands could also be washed on a regular basis, eliminating even the slightest chances of contamination.
To maintain the hygiene of the ‘Sanitising Room’, De Costi Seafood ensures that it is cleaned and washed every night. This called for a waterproof turnstile, so the Tristar J series turnstile provided by Rotech was the perfect choice as it has IP65 protection, which makes the turnstile completely waterproof, ensuring a longer life-span.
Case Study | Access Control for 2000 Caval Ridge Mine Site Workers
When nearly 2000 mine workers access and egress the Caval Ridge site daily, one can only imagine the chaos that could occur if there was no access control. The workers were systematically transported from their accommodation village to the mine site by buses that collected and dropped them at the designated pick-up/drop-off points. However, the entry and exit of the workers to and from the site needed to be monitored.
To ensure safety and compliance with QLD Coal Mine Safety and Health Act, BMA’s primary goal was to obtain a solution that would not only facilitate easy accessibility for the workers but also capture live data of personnel who had entered/exited the site.
It was envisaged that this would be pa rtly achieved through the use of Badge Scan Units (BSU) to scan employee IDs at the entrance and exit of the site; and partly through a turnstile, to control the movement of personnel. BMA therefore needed a turnstile system that could be easily integrated with the Badge Scan Units.
Moreover, with a high volume of workers and only two bus pick-up/drop-off points, the potential for delays to the project was substantial should one of the BSUs or turnstiles malfunction. Hence, a turnstile with high-throughput and superior reliability was critical for BMA.
They selected TriStar J Series turnstiles from Rotech.
The waist-high turnstiles were situated at the entry and exit points of the site, and were integrated with BMA’s Badge Scan Units. This enabled the workers to swipe their ID cards to activate the turnstiles before boarding the buses or entering the site. The solution provided by Rotech also included boom gates mounted with BSUs to control vehicular traffic.
The TriStar turnstile system supplied by Rotech not only increased the efficiency of transporting personnel to and from the site, but also promoted a safer working environment by tracking and controlling mine access.
The Rotech turnstile system is capable of allowing 25 people per minute, enabling BMA to achieve a goal of a four-minute turnaround to fully load/unload each bus. Other features of the TriStar J Series turnstile that make it ideal for high volume traffic sites include:
- Robust, stainless steel cabinet
- Active arm which drops in case of emergency
- Turnstile locks only if unauthorised access is attempted, reducing power consumption and wear on mechanism
- Turnstile can be integrated with any access control system.
Rotech has over 30 years’ experience in supplying high quality turnstiles and pedestrian access solutions for industrial and commercial projects. We locally manufacture boom gates, turnstiles and industrial door operators, so our solutions can be designed and manufactured to meet customer specifications. Products can also be sourced from a worldwide network of suppliers and customised for individual customer requirements. Rotech proudly supplies customers with a fast and professional service supported by strong technical back-up.
Gate Openers Improving Passengers’ Safety and Mobility
Passenger safety and mobility are two of the biggest concerns in public transport. This is why the government invests millions of dollars on state of the art equipment, such as CCTV cameras and automated doors and gate openers, to improve security and facilitate efficient flow of traffic in public terminals.
Manual and automatic gates, including turnstiles and boom barriers, offer many benefits to passengers and staff of public transport systems, from bus and ferry terminals, to airports and train stations. They not only improve safety and security by adding an extra layer of protection for crowd control and crime prevention, but these manual and automatic security gates ensure fast and efficient flow of traffic by facilitating the movement of passengers.
Below are some areas of public transport that benefit best from using automated door and gate systems, including pedestrian gates, turnstiles and boom gates.
Large numbers of passengers frequent airports every day, making these terminals a potential target for terrorism and other crimes. For this reason, airports are installed with automatic security gates to ensure safety and security in all stages of passenger processing, from pre-screening and boarding, to immigration and after baggage collection. Fast boarding gates are used to accelerate the aircraft boarding process. Boom gates are installed to control vehicle access at airports, ensuring no unauthorised vehicle enters a restricted area. Full height turnstiles are set up in entrances where a high degree of security is required, such as airport ramps and operational spaces that are restricted from the public.
Bus, Ferry and Train Stations
Boom gates and turnstiles offer a high level of protection in bus stations and ferry terminals. Automatic security gates facilitate efficient flow of traffic since they help in ticket validation and payment processing. They also enforce one-way traffic in bus, ferry and train stations, allowing passage only to commuters who have tickets and passes. This way, it prevents unauthorised entry and ensures that passengers have paid before using any form of transport, reducing the level of fare evasion and fraud.
With automated doors and gate systems, various areas of public transport become more accessible, more reliable and more convenient for commuters. These access control systems not only improve passenger mobility and facilitate efficient flow of traffic in public terminals, but they help reduce potential threats, providing passengers with aesthetically pleasing as well as safe and secure public transport hubs.
Find automated solutions to improve passenger mobility and fare collection for any commercial and industrial facility, turn to Rotech. We provide the best automatic gate openers and gate systems, such as supermarket gates, turnstiles and boom barriers for all types of applications. Contact us at 07 3205 1123 now.
4 Simple Steps to Maintaining Turnstiles and Pedestrian Barriers
Is there a need to maintain turnstiles and other pedestrian access equipment?
As they are built to withstand prolonged and multiple use, turnstiles and pedestrian barriers such as flap gates, drop arm barriers and supermarket gates require very little maintenance once installed. However, like any equipment, it is a good idea to check them over once in a while. These machines are your investments after all, and to make the most of your investments you need to take care of them and make sure that they continue to function properly and last a long time.
There are only a few simple steps you need to follow in order to maintain the quality and performance of your pedestrian access control solutions:
1. Clean them regularly. In retail areas pedestrian access control equipment is made to look visually pleasing. To keep them looking as good as when you brought them it is important to clean them regularly. Surfaces should be cleaned with a soft cloth and, where applicable, a good stainless steel cleaning product. Avoid using harsh cleaners as these may only damage or leave marks on any mirror finish.
2. Check for dents, scratches and marks. Abuse of any pedestrian access equipment is the most common reason that the device may need repair or replacement. Closely monitor your equipment and check for parts that are damaged. For full height turnstiles, check for slight bending or leaning of arms; this may signify loose rotor brackets that must be attended to before they get worse. Flaps on flap barriers and arms on supermarket gates should also be checked to ensure they have not been manually forced in any way. This might cause misalignment preventing them from opening or closing correctly.
3. Preventative maintenance. Full height and waist height turnstiles are fully sealed with an IP65 protection. However the drop arm and flap barriers do need to be cleaned when necessary of general grime and insect infestations to keep them in optimal working order.
4. Lubricate once a year. Use a synthetic grease to lubricate the moving parts of your machine at least once a year.
With these simple steps, you can greatly improve the longevity and durability of your turnstiles and other pedestrian barriers.
For high quality turnstiles, flap barriers, supermarket gates and gate openers, contact Rotech. We supply a superior range of pedestrian access control solutions, as well as vehicle access control solutions for a variety of applications. Get in touch with us today.
Australian Made Portable Turnstile with Solar Power in Turnstiles
The new and improved TriStar FH full-height turnstile is based on the 15 year old Sentinel FH design, but with many new features and improved operation. It is the first Australian-made product of its kind.
The new turnstile is now easier to use than ever, and with a soft start and stop feature, it is also extremely safe, even for children. We have changed the design of the turnstile rotor to give it a more open appearance, yet not compromising on the security.
The TriStar FH is a bi-directional turnstile with a galvanised frame and rotor; it can also be made from 304 or 316 stainless steel and on request, can be powder coated in specific colours to suit your requirements. The TriStar FH could be operated for up to 3000 cycles without mains power, with a battery back-up.
It is eco-friendly and can also work on solar power, solving the problem of power supply and helping to reduce costs, as the 240V power cables wouldn’t be required. Additionally, we can provide a portable base to enable easy movement and transfer of this free standing turnstile from one site to another. Also compatible with all access control, card and proximity systems, it enables you to easily integrate the turnstile into any security system.
With an in-built status indication feature, it lets you know when the turnstile is in operation, closed, or whether it has been manually released. It also has a warning light option that flashes if the status of the turnstile is interrupted for more than 10 seconds. We can also provide the TriStar FH turnstile with a roof and an anti-climb mesh, for additional security. The FH is created to provide our customers with a safe and secure method of access control with multiple features. We provide a 2-year guarantee on the mechanism of the turnstile.
5 Reasons Why To Use Automated Gates
Business sites, just like the businesses themselves, are highly valuable investments and they need to be well protected from potential threats. For this reason, pedestrian access solutions are popularly used in commercial and industrial settings. Nowadays automatic boom gates, turnstiles and many other access solutions are widely used in shopping centres, hospitals, banks, car parks, transit stations, and other types of commercial establishments.
There are a number of reasons why these types of access control systems must be installed in buildings or any major business site. Owners of commercial and industrial establishments should deliberate on this matter to protect their investment. Here are some reasons why automated access solutions would be necessary.
- Safety and Security – These are two primary concerns in commercial and industrial buildings. In most cases, these establishments have several areas that need to be secured. One security measure that can be taken is to install turnstiles at the entrance and other significant places. These gates can only be opened by those who are allowed entry, using access cards, wristbands or tags. This reduces the risk of unauthorised entry to the premises.
- Controlled Access – Other than security from trespassers, automated gates also help to control the accessibility of specific areas within the business site. With automatic gates installed outside a certain area, access can be limited to particular members of the staff. This ensures that employees only enter the areas they are required to work in.
- Convenience – With modern technology used in these access solutions, getting in and out of the building is made easier and more convenient. Some types of gates can let through an average of 25 people per minute. There are also some designs that allow easy access for wheelchairs.
- Reduced Staffing –Since these gates are automated, they eliminate the need for an employee to be constantly present at the gate to control its operation. Authorised individuals can simply use their access cards to enter. This can help reduce the number of employees and save money.
- Cost-Effective Option – Gate openers are typically operated by a power source like electricity. But owing to the advents of new technology, now there are more cost-effective solutions available to reduce power consumption, thereby reducing the company’s expenses. Modern design changes include solar panels that absorb and store energy from sunlight. These solar panels can operate a solar gate opener without using much electrical power. Solar-powered units can operate for a day or two in the event that the main power fails.
When it comes to automated access solutions, Rotech is a name that one can rely on. We have been providing automatic gates and access solutions to many commercial and industrial companies. Our solutions can be customised to meet your needs and operational requirements. Contact us now and our friendly staff can walk you through our range of products.