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JUL 2019

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S20 ACCESS CONTROL Trends And Technology | JULY/AUGUST 2019 one exception are full height turnstiles deployed outside at the fence line). Understanding the need for officers to be deployed in conjunction with security entrances helps to clarify the full cost of your choice of security entrance or other solution. Beyond the capital expenditure for the purchase, the installation, and initial training for administrators and users, you will be responsible for the ongoing operating costs. These include not only maintenance, repairs, and electricity, but also the need for guard supervision in order to truly prevent intrusion. Take a look at this matrix below and you can see how the different types of entrances compare for capital expenditures vs. ongoing expenses. There is quite a difference! If you look at the “x” axis, one-time capital costs increase from left to right. You can see that tripod turnstiles and full height turnstiles, per unit, cost a lot less up front than optical turnstiles, security revolving doors and mantrap portals. See Figure 2. Then look at the “y” axis, which is expressing the annual operating costs, and you’ll see something interesting: the less expensive tripod turnstiles and also the optical turnstiles cost quite a bit more per year than the security doors (shown in the bottom right quadrant)! The full height turnstiles are assumed to be outdoors on a fence line with no guards; if they were used indoors, they would need a guard and would be represented to the right of tripod turnstiles in the top left quadrant. The Upfront Costs Can be Deceiving Ultimately, it can often be more cost-effective to install an entrance that does not require the ongoing presence of a guard to prevent unauthorized entry or tailgating. For example, if you have a data center where it is critical to limit entry to only those with the highest authorities, it makes sense to choose a security revolving door or mantrap portal for that location. While these products may have a higher initial price than a standard access control reader and maglock or turnstile, at the end of the year your total costs for that entry will be lower than if you had to hire an officer to staff that entrance full-time. It is also important to be aware that while security guards do increase the level of deterrence and security at an entrance, they are by no means infallible. “Social engineering” is the term used to describe the variety of clever ruses used by criminals to get past even the most diligent guard. These scams are astounding in their variety and inventiveness and demonstrate that there is virtually no guarded entry that cannot be breached by a determined (and skillful) criminal. When you are considering security entrances, or access control in general, it pays to look at the full picture of what your costs will be. Working with a responsible and knowledgeable integrator or manufacturer will help you take a deep dive into these details and many more to make the best choice for your organization. ■ About the author: Mark Perkins, Vice President of Enterprise Security Accounts has over 25 years of sales and operations experience in the automatic door and physical security industries, including work with Stanley Access Technologies, Automatic Systems, and now over 15 years’ experience at Boon Edam. Mark is currently leading business development initiatives across the USA and Canada, and assisting the Boon Edam U.S. operations in managing its global account customer base. He is known for his entrepreneurial spirit, having lead multiple startup companies, and has several patent’s to his credit.

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