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MSSI: The Importance of Turnstiles on a Commercial Construction Project

The idea of a turnstile is relatively simple to understand. Turnstiles such as those used in the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal can be paired, or “tandem” turnstiles with two lanes – or single, full-height turnstile lanes. The mechanical turnstiles used in MAC Portals physically prevent entry or exit where other more traditional forms of perimeter security are not as dependable. 

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As risks or threats to secure sites increase, there is also an increase in the need to better control people entering and exiting secure locations like commercial or industrial construction sites. 

The mechanical turnstiles like those in our patented MAC Portals typically use ratchet mechanisms to allow the rotation of the turnstile in one direction, allowing entrance but preventing rotation in the other direction. For effective perimeter security, our MAC Portals may be integrated with an access control technology, allowing access only to authorized individuals with the proper security credentials or identifiers.

Turnstiles that are integrated with access control software can also be used for time-keeping and payroll purposes by counting the number of authorized and identified people passing through the secure gate.

If left unattended and unsecured, theft of tools and equipment from construction sites where a commercial property is being built can cause a significant amount of lost time and money. (Remember, thieves may be looking to steal small things like power tools, and also large equipment like bulldozers, fork-lifts, and more.) Just a few years ago a man was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona after stealing a dump truck from a construction site. In 2015 a man in Amarillo, Texas walked on to a construction site and hot-wired a forklift. In Charleston, West Virginia a man was arrested in August of 2017 for stealing a concrete saw and a bucket full of miscellaneous power tools and batteries. We would love to have the opportunity to work with you to prevent these types of things from happening at your job site.

Modular Security Systems Inc.(MSSI) is at the forefront of portable perimeter security solutions using a wide range of access control technology, turnstiles, and vehicle barrier gates. For more information on MSSI and all of our access control options, CONTACT US HERE or call at 740.532.7822.