Not too long ago, we covered the 6 types of unauthorized access that put your organization at risk when it comes to entrance control. One of those was tailgating or “piggybacking.” No, we’re not talking about football pre-game fun in the parking lot. We’re talking about the act of an unauthorized individual gaining access to an area of a building by following behind an authorized individual through an access-controlled doorway. Anti-tailgate technology in entrance control is still an essential need for our clients, but with new security trends come new security concerns.

Now, with the increased demand for wider lanes, a seventh type of unauthorized access that could potentially put your organization at risk has emerged – sidegating. But what is sidegating, and how is this new security risk being addressed?

What Is Sidegating?
With changing regulations and customer demand for increased pedestrian and wheelchair user comfort, wider turnstile lanes are growing in popularity. However, with this trend, new security issues arise. If a lane is wide enough to fit a wheelchair comfortably, it is also wide enough to fit two pedestrians side-by-side.  The standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act require at least a 32-inch opening to provide unobstructed access for disabled entrants in wheelchairs or with walkers. This increases the risk for an unauthorized entry via sidegating.

To this point, turnstiles were not equipped to detect this kind of access control violation until now.

Introducing Width with Intelligence for Collusion Detection
To meet demands for wider lanes, we are offering extensions to the Fastlane Speedgate optical turnstiles line, including the Fastlane Glassgate 155 and the Fastlane Glassgate 400 Plus. Both models enable Fastlane customers to install turnstile lanes of up to 47.2″ wide, significantly wider than the standard 25.9″ and 35.9″ ADA-compliant lanes.

To further address the new security risks associated with this market trend, Fastlane turnstiles also have new optical technology. An intelligent infrared matrix powered by neural network algorithms sense who or what is going through a turnstile in real-time — making thousands of calculations per second determining if an entry should be authorized. (Watch this video to see sidegate detection in action). This innovative technology can distinguish between people and objects, minimizing nuisance alarms. And they are still able to process people at industry-leading speeds of up to one person per second.

“Security teams must approach insider threats and collusion with a layered security strategy that starts at the front lobby. This innovative optical turnstile technology available in the Fastlane Glassgate 155 is the first of its kind to identify and alert when sidegating is occurring,” said Jeff Brown, CEO of Smarter Security. “Our customers who need those wider lanes also need to have the confidence that only authorized people are coming into the building. This breakthrough reinforces how far ahead Fastlane technology is, and why it has been number one for much of the past decade.”

Smarter Security demonstrated the Fastlane Glassgate 155 with sidegate detection at the 2019 ISC West show in Las Vegas. To see it in action, watch the video below.

See Sidegate Detection in Action – Visit Us in the NYC Showroom or at GSX in Chicago
Stop by our NYC Fifth Avenue Showroom to get a live demonstration of the new Fastlane sidegating technology or visit our booth at this year’s Global Security Exchange, taking place in Chicago September 8th-12th.

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