Most security professionals are aware of the term, “tailgating,” as it refers to an unauthorized user following an authorized user into a facility, usually by means of a swinging door. But do all these security professionals agree on the impact of tailgating, as well as the methods to effectively mitigate it? We were curious so we reached out via our social media channels to find out more.
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Many of us have experienced the wind tunnel effect while entering a building. You confidently walk up to the front swing doors, pull on the handle and… nothing. The door feels like it’s glued shut. Or, as you walk through the ground level of a building, a large gust of wind catches you off guard and threatens to knock you off your feet. Then there’s also the chill that a strong, cold wind brings into an otherwise warm and comfortable building lobby.
Without a doubt the biggest trending topic in the security industry right now is COVID-19 and how the various market segments are likely to be impacted by the pandemic. We asked three consultants for their opinions on how this will affect entrance security. While we were talking with each of them, we also inquired about the general awareness level of their clients on the risk of tailgating into their facilities.
Selecting security entrances for a building or campus is a big decision. Security doors and turnstiles are an investment, and a lot is at stake for the security manager who selects and executes security solutions at multiple entrances throughout a campus. The consequences of making a wrong entry decision could range from punishment and distrust among staff members, all the way to loss of employment.
Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, business executives are thinking about future changes to their buildings for increased employee safety. Aside from social distancing, staggered operating shifts and temperature readers, facility managers are being told to make every door at the building envelope and within “touchless.” Not only do these entrances need to be hands-free, but they must also operate safely.