Important Criteria When Selecting Turnstile Solutions For Schools

By “Turnstile Mike” Stoll

Security professionals throughout the U.S. have one thing in common; they are all working diligently on trying to improve school safety and security.  What can we do as Americans to better protect our students and faculty on a daily basis? As a father of three with the youngest still attending college, security is always at the forefront of my mind.  With our facility only being 10 minutes from Sandy Hook, CT; school safety has always been our core mission as a manufacturer of physical security equipment. Aeroturn is always experimenting with ways to make our turnstiles unique and better able to protect our children and faculty across the country.

The term “School Guard Glass” is something that will become extremely popular over the next few years.  More and more schools will be implementing bullet resistant glass at entry points with the intention of protecting and saving lives. 

Having a turnstile in place at the critical checkpoints that can handle a full height school guard glass set of moving panels is crucial and an important factor for schools.  Only moving panels with a compound motion will keep the leading edge of the barrier midway along the passageway while storing the panels parallel to the passageway. This functionality provides the safest and widest passageways (up to 42″ clear).

As well as unprecedented ADA compatibility, particularly with service dogs and wheelchair footrests in bi-directional traffic.

Aeroturn’s Dual Portal Mantrap Turnstile was recently selected as a recipient of the ASTORS award by American Security Today at ISC East for its innovative concept of providinghigher throughput, while maintaining the highest level of security for locations requiring extreme vetting of personnel.

A huge benefit of a dual portal mantrap turnstile is the engineered flexibility
in creating unique cabinets, flush mounting in walls to secure hallways, overhead panels to create an “automatic wall of glass,” and running panels in tandem to create man-traps with integrated screening in high throughput locations.

There are many options out there for turnstiles, however none address directly the campus level of a dual front door bullet resistant passage mantrap that can be fully integrated with metal detectors. Schools should be looking at physical security as a way to stop an active shooter at the front door and reliability as well as performance should be a key feature when selecting a turnstile solution.  The future of school security is here with one integrated security system working together to protect our students.

About The Author
‘Turnstile Mike’ Michael Stoll
VP of Technical Sales & Marketing
Aeroturn LLC