Government facilities, which comprise more than 3 billion square feet of owned or leased building space in 900,000 buildings across the country, perform a wide range of functions. In addition to housing offices, the space is often used for conferences and debates, voting, and legislative meetings. The facilities are also home to high-level authorities, physical assets of national and historical importance and vast stores of sensitive data.
Security Challenges Facing Government Buildings
Government buildings have tremendous security challenges, such as executive protection, bomb threats, unlawful entries, theft and more, all while preserving an "open" architecture that is consistent with democratic governance. In addition, security measures must meet regulations that can vary from state to state.
Entry Solutions Available for Government and Military Security
There is a variety of solutions available for securing entrances to government and military buildings, including turnstiles, doors, portals and gates. Each of these products address unique pain points, and often a mix of differing products will be the best custom solution for an individual deployment.
For example, waist-high optical turnstiles lend prestige to access control; for this reason they are typically used to manage the movement of people in building lobbies where first impressions are made. Full-height security turnstiles are often used at checkpoints to prevent unauthorized entry including tailgating. Some specialized standalone government buildings use high-security revolving doors that can be equipped with ballistic ratings to protect from bullets. Security portals with integrated biometrics can also be used as an unmanned entry solution to reliably and predictably prevent tailgating and piggybacking into sensitive buildings or interior areas.
Boon Edam has decades of experience working with the complex security requirements of government facilities. We are proud to offer our wide range of flexible solutions for multiple federal, state and local government buildings, in addition to military facilities and national landmarks.