For dams, ports, railways, power plants, and other essential infrastructure, security is of the utmost importance. These facilities can be highly attractive targets for disruption or terrorism. Access control that limits and keeps track of every time an individual enters or exits a facility, especially at a large open location, is essential for security.
The Security Challenges for Large Critical Infrastructure Facilities
Critical infrastructure facilities like power plants and ports are often very large and have open configurations that may include a campus of buildings and outdoor areas. Typically there is a significant amount of highly technical, expensive and hazardous machinery on the site, creating a mandate of accountability which requires that only credentialed employees and visitors be allowed into any part of the facility. One way to facilitate the high level of security needed it to create a layered security solution at the perimeter to prevent vehicle and pedestrian ingress. Full height turnstiles can comprise one layer of security to help ensure that the only place a person is able to enter a facility is somewhere they are being checked for proper credentials.
Full-height turnstiles, mantraps, and other high-security portals can be integrated with access control and biometric technology to help ensure that the person entering a high-security facility is who their credentials say they are. This way you can be sure that only one person has entered for each set of credentials, and prevent passback, wherein someone hands their credentials back to another person enabling them to enter. Portals also eliminate the possibility of tailgating, when multiple people pass through on a single credential swipe.
Accuracy and Speed Through Security Entrances
Getting through layered security, for vehicles and pedestrians, can potentially be a complex and inconvenient process. While using this layered security helps to prevent terrorism, espionage, and other threats from happening at critical infrastructure locations, it is essential to make it quick and efficient to prevent bottlenecks and delays when a large number of people need to enter or exit. Security entrance throughput can be calculated to determine exactly how many entrances are required to accommodate the number of people in the facility.
Protecting our Infrastructure
Power plants, railways, dams, chemical plants, and other facilities comprise the infrastructure on which our society runs. However, this makes them targets for terrorism, espionage, and other disruptive and destructive actions. Layered security including security entrances can protect these large, often open facilities with access control that is extremely accurate, efficient and secure.