• James Copeland

Benefits of Optical Turnstiles in Corporate Lobbies

Turnstiles play an important role in creating a first impression for anyone entering a building lobby or reception area. Choosing products that combine aesthetics, security and style can enhance a lobby or access area. Alvarado optical turnstiles and access gates have been designed with this unique combination in mind, providing a consummate blend of looks and functionality. The result is a solution that looks great and provides secure and reliable employee and visitor access.


To adapt to any lobby space, Alvarado offers over a dozen functional and visual customisation options that allow our optical turnstiles to standout in both form and function. To assist in the design and decision-making process, Alvarado can create computer-generated images showing exactly what our turnstiles and custom options will look like once installed.

Visual Customisation Options Include:

Alternate lid colours and materials Powder coated or plated cabinets Custom design or branding etching on panels Side panel illumination ADA widths Multiple barrier heights Attractive floor saver platforms


Improved Security

Enhanced detection features recognise and notify of instances such as tailgating, loitering in the passage area or forced entry attempts.

Improved Throughput

When turnstiles are part of the entry process, visitors and employees present their valid credential directly to the turnstile to gain access. Reducing security guard involvement in the entry process speeds throughput and frees the guard or lobby staff to perform other duties.

Easy Integration

Integrating Alvarado optical turnstiles into your lobby space is quick and easy. Our turnstiles integrate with virtually any existing access control or visitor management system. Dedicated inputs for fire or life safety systems are provided and outputs are available to turn on cameras, lock interior doors and provide remote notification of alarm events.

Flexible Reader Options

Alvarado’s optical turnstiles can accept various credential readers, including RFID and emerging technologies such as biometrics and elevator dispatch. Alvarado works closely with the decision makers to ensure that the readers or other devices are attractively integrated with the turnstile and meet the needs of the project.


Alvarado is America’s leading entry control products manufacturer. Founded in 1956, Alvarado turnstiles and gates are installed in hundreds of corporate lobbies throughout the world. Our superior product quality, integration expertise and industry leading service and support are just a few reasons that many of the world’s most respected companies use our products.

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