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Fastlane Leads the Optical Turnstile Industry According to Research Firm

Impressive Two-Year Growth by Smarter Security Systems Propels Company to the Top of the Speedgate Market in the Americas
Austin, Texas – February 25, 2010

Smarter Security Systems, provider of intelligent entrance control and outdoor security solutions, announced today that a recent study by IMS Research revealed that Fastlane is now the leading brand of barrier optical turnstiles (known as “speedgates”)  in the western hemisphere. The biennial report by IMS Research, entitled The Americas Market for Entrance Control Equipment, shows Fastlane more than doubling its market share in two years and ascending from fourth to a decisive first place by the end of 2008.

“Fastlane is a brand that stands for elegance, intelligence, and high security. Customers have turned to Fastlane in increasing numbers because they value these advantages when planning for lobby security and aesthetics,” stated Jeff Brown, President of Smarter Security Systems. “Every member of our company is proud to see their efforts yield such fantastic results. We are encouraged by this market share growth and will earnestly continue to provide the innovative products, support, and stability our customers need for their core missions of securing their people and assets.”

“Fastlane’s growth is reflective of an overall market trend from pure optical turnstiles to speedgates not only because of the added security they provide but also because speedgates have become less clunky and ugly, making them more appropriate for a well-appointed corporate headquarters,” comments Paul Everett, Research Director and report author for IMS Research.

IMS Research reports that while the market for speedgates used in building applications grew only about 2 percent from 2006 to 2008, Fastlane’s share of market increased from 13.5 percent to 32.4 percent. What was in 2006 a tightly bunched group of four brands changed dramatically as Fastlane surpassed three competitors to claim nearly a third of the market. Keys to the success for Fastlane in this time period were the introduction of the award-winning and popular GlassGate in late 2006 and the refresh of the complete line of barrier products. Today, Smarter Security offers GlassWing, with retracting angel wings, GlassGate in a new model with full-height barriers, Fastlane Plus with retracting barrier arms, and non-barrier optical turnstiles, including the architect-inspired ClearStyle.

IMS Research published its report on the 2008 market in November, 2009 making this the third edition of the study. Its research included in-depth interviews with the suppliers of vehicle and pedestrian entrance control equipment in the Americas. IMS Research, founded in 1989, is a leading supplier of market research on the global electronics industry, publishing nearly 100 reports annually. Learn more about IMS Research and the report cited at www.imsresearch.com