Controlling campus access

Issue 6 2021 Access Control & Identity Management, Education (Industry), Products

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in the Western Cape is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest university in the region, boasting more than 30 000 students, several campuses and service points, and more than 70 programmes.

Such a large student, academic and administrative staff headcount, together with the many visitors to the sprawling campus environment, means that pedestrian access needs to be carefully monitored and controlled. The solution was the installation of 22 Tribune turnstiles from Turnstar.

Craig Sacks, CEO of Turnstar, explains that the Tribune provides the highest level of security in a turnstile and allows for 100% validated entry and exit transactions. “The Tribune is ideal for integration with any biometric system and the user is required to provide biometric data during mid-rotation, ensuring that they will be unable to proceed through the final rotation of the turnstile arms unless their identity is verified.”

Adding further security elements to the turnstile, the recessed mounting of the biometric reader physically prevents biometric clocking from outside the turnstile and provides the reader with protection from the elements. The overhead barrier provides anti-climb protection to prevent pedestrians from climbing out of the turnstile when it is in the ‘read’ position.

The Tribune turnstiles at CPUT are hot dip galvanised for corrosion resistance due to the sea salt laden air of the Western Cape. The Tribunes are characterised by ultra-quiet operation, provided by the buffered solenoids (rated for 100% duty cycle) and pawls. The case-hardened locking disk and pawls eliminate any wear and the critical components of the turnstile are constructed from a combination of stainless steel and self-lubricating engineering plastics, ensuring that it requires no routine maintenance whatsoever.

For more information contact Turnstar Systems, +27 11 786 1633,,


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