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It can be challenging to think small in places that are known for being so large. However, thinking small is precisely how architects and specifiers deal with the limited space that is available to them within crowded metropolitan areas. New construction projects are often built on smaller foundations, and over time many older buildings…

Alvarado’s Most Compact Optical Turnstile

As security requirements expand to smaller buildings and lobbies, architects and specifiers are looking for compact optical turnstiles that provide a high level of security in the limited space available.

Alvarado’s Most Compact Optical TurnstileWith this problem in mind, we’ve introduced our most compact barrier optical turnstile to date, the SU4500. Designed for high-end facilities where space is at a premium, the new SU4500 has a compact 38” cabinet length but doesn’t compromise on security, throughput performance or looks. The unobtrusive modern design does not impede or obstruct the line of sight, and the shallow depth of the lane ensures that it will fit in even the “coziest” of spaces. Typical installation sites for the SU4500 include corporate lobbies and elevator banks, university recreation centers, government facilities and hospitals.

Because aesthetics is such an important factor in modern construction, the SU4500 includes architecturally inspired features and liberal use of crystal-clear materials. The SU4500 can be further enhanced through an optional lighting package that allows users to illuminate the side panels (and the top and end lights, if desired) in any RGB color and create unique transition effects. The result is a modern look that complements any environment.

Integration is quick and easy, as the SU4500 integrates 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. The SU4500 can accept various credential readers, including RFID and emerging technologies such as biometrics and elevator dispatch. The result is a secured access solution that not only looks amazing but provides superior access control and visitor management.


Alvarado is America’s leading entry control products manufacturer. Founded in 1956, Alvarado turnstiles and gates are installed in hundreds of corporate lobbies and facilities 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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