Eliminating tailgating at Wits

Access & Identity Management Handbook 2019 Access Control & Identity Management

Wits University is a public institution with five faculties, 33 schools, 30 service departments, 17 residence halls, all spread over 400 acres. The institution offers 3610 courses and houses approximately 37 000 students and 6000 staff members with at least 10 000 vehicles that pass through its gates each day.

The university has 24-hour CCTV coverage and security officers on patrol. Mobile vehicle patrols are also conducted onsite to ensure that there is safety and security of Wits’ staff, students and visitors on the campus.

On campus, the university has a card swipe system to assist in controlling access. In a recent security upgrade project, the institution decided to install 18 new Turnstar Velocity automatic high-speed vehicle barriers at the busy Yale Road North and Yale Road South entrances.

Fitted with a 3-metre arm, the Velocity barriers open in just 1 second, ensuring that traffic flow is maximised, whilst still providing a high level of security. The exit booms have a strict interlock feature whereby two booms are interlinked to prevent tailgating. “In essence, a vehicle passes under the first traffic barrier and then has to wait until it lowers before the second barrier is lifted for final exit from the campus,” says Craig Sacks, MD of Turnstar.

The Turnstar Velocity industrial vehicle barriers at Wits University are manufactured with white powder coated stainless steel cabinets and complementary powder coated blue tops. The vehicle barriers come with four adjustable raise and lower speed settings, which provide seamless control as well as dynamic braking and gentle stop.

The intelligent collision detection and mid-cycle auto-reverse functions are just two of the safety features that make this product desirable. Other built-in standard safety features include a dual channel loop detector and an interface on the connection of an infrared beam system.

In the event that there is a power outage, the system has a built-in 7 Ah battery backup with battery protection and it can also operate on solar power. Effortless manual override also allows security officers to lift and lower the barrier in the event of a power failure and battery exhaustion.

“Not only does the Velocity offer Wits University a seamless physical access control solution, but it is also built for longevity. By eliminating the motor rear-mounted brake and clutch, and removing the need for proximity sensors or microswitches for positioning, we have drastically reduced the cost and time required for maintenance,” says Sacks.

For more information contact Turnstar Systems, +27 11 786 1633, craig@turnstar.co.za, www.turnstar.co.za



Credit(s)




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

Physical access control for education
Issue 2 2020, Turnstar Systems , Education (Industry)
One of the most basic parts of keeping unwanted people off campus is to limit where they can easily come in.

Read more...
Secure vehicle access in residential estates
Issue 2 2020, Protoclea Advanced Image Engineering , Access Control & Identity Management
Can technology offer a cost-effective solution that will provide both secure access control and free-flowing traffic in estates?

Read more...
Managing people’s attendance and time
Issue 2 2020, Secutel Technologies , Access Control & Identity Management
Managing people’s attendance, along with access control is a basic, yet critical challenge for any organisation.

Read more...
Modular ANPR camera solution
Issue 2 2020 , Access Control & Identity Management
Videalert has announced the immediate availability of Stingray, a new modular ANPR camera solution designed for use with mobile enforcement vehicles.

Read more...
Digital document revolution
Issue 2 2020 , Access Control & Identity Management
A new white paper that examines the implications of the transition from physical to digital security documents has been published by Reconnaissance International.

Read more...
Facial access control for ministry
Issue 1 2020, ZKTeco , Access Control & Identity Management
The Ministry of Culture in Saudi Arabia has adopted ZKTeco’s facial recognition technology and fingerprint biometrics to manage access control into its building.

Read more...
New Door Pilot app from dormakaba
Issue 1 2020, dormakaba South Africa , Access Control & Identity Management
With new dormakaba Door Pilot, automated doors can also now be operated on the basis of remote control technologies. The system, comprising the Door Pilot app for smartphones and a Wi-Fi interface for ...

Read more...
Identity lifestyle
Issue 1 2020, Suprema , Access Control & Identity Management
Once the technology of the future, biometrics has quietly snuck into our daily lives through smartphones and access controls into our places of work.

Read more...
Securing BP’s new head office
Issue 1 2020, ISF SFP , Access Control & Identity Management
ISF SFP was awarded the contract to secure the first development phase for Oxford Parks, the new head office for BP South Africa.

Read more...
Combining aesthetics and access control
Issue 1 2020, Turnstar Systems , Access Control & Identity Management
Prestigious law firm Bowman Gilfillan recently upgraded its physical security with the addition of four Turnstar Speedgate Express access control lanes.

Read more...