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SU3000 optical turnstile


Drop Arm Optical Turnstile

The SU3000 optical turnstile has a slim profile and a stylish design that enhances any access control installation. With tandem motorized drop arms that quickly move down and into the cabinet, and the latest in optical detection technology, the SU3000 optical turnstile is an excellent solution for your entry control requirements.


Form follows function

Elegant Design

The newly redesigned SU3000 drop arm optical turnstile is another superior Alvarado optical turnstile product. The SU3000’s slim cabinet design, attractive brushed finish stainless steel cabinet and solid surface lid look great in any environment. The compact footprint of this optical turnstile makes it an excellent choice for installations with limited floor space. Another advantage of the SU3000 optical turnstile is that both standard and handicapped passage width configurations have the same cabinet dimensions.

Key Features:

  • Slim cabinet design
  • Standard and ADA width lanes have the same cabinet dimensions
  • Create additional passage lanes by adding a single shared cabinet
  • Highly intuitive LED illuminated user graphics embedded in turnstile lid
  • Multiple cabinet finishes and lid color options

Added Benefits:

  • Slim cabinets allow installation in compact spaces
  • Cabinet and lid options to blend with any environment
  • Visual graphics provide guidance to users

Real smarts under the attractive exterior

Superior Technology

The SU3000 drop arm optical turnstile provides bi-directional access control in conjunction with a facility access control system. To enter, users present a valid credential which retracts the turnstile’s motorized barrier arms down and into the cabinet, allowing a single passage in the requested direction. If an unauthorized user attempts to tailgate on a valid entry, or attempts to enter without authorization, the integrated sensors recognize the illegal passage attempt and sound an alarm. The SU3000 has a number of operational modes and features that provide a superb combination of security, safety and high user throughput.

The SU3000 is an IP enabled device. Core turnstile settings are adjusted using an included web application. Using a PC, tablet or smartphone, configurable features – such as audio sounds, motor settings, detection settings, tailgate settings and alarm timer settings – are set and changed over a TCP/IP network. For non-networked installations, configuration changes are easily made by plugging directly into the turnstile’s configuration port.

Key Features:

  • Card in/card out; card in/free exit; either or both directions closed for use
  • Superior unauthorized passage detection (tailgating, crawl under, etc.)
  • Drop arms retract quickly and smoothly to allow passage
  • Download configuration changes and custom audio sounds over a TCP/IP network
  • Brushless closed loop DC drive system
  • Multiple operation modes
  • Virtually maintenance free

Added Benefits:

  • Very intuitive for users and attendants
  • Increases security ensuring only valid users gain entry
  • Integrates easily with access control systems
  • Supports rapid throughput
  • Stacks access credentials and processes access control signals instantly
  • Quick, precise and reliable arm movement – no need for constant adjustments
  • Reduces security staff requirements
  • Provides years of trouble free operation

Secured entry control applications

Main lobby access | Employee entrances | Elevator bank access | People counting | Visitor management


Corporate Security


Industrial Facilities


Government Security

higher education

Higher Education


Health and Fitness


Simplified integration

Access Control and Visitor Management

The SU3000 drop arm optical turnstile integrates with virtually any access control or visitor management system and accommodates a wide array of credential readers. Dedicated fire or life safety system inputs are provided and outputs can be used to turn on cameras, lock interior doors and provide remote notification. The SU3000 is a drop arm optical turnstile solution that provides superior access control and visitor management solutions for facilities worldwide.

Lane Monitoring and Control

Alvarado’s GateKeeper Monitoring and Control software allows operational management of SU3000 optical turnstiles over a TCP/IP network. Among its many features, GateKeeper allows authorized personnel using a laptop, PC, tablet or similar device to change lane configurations and provide override activations for special circumstances such as visitors and deliveries. Passage directions can also be changed (and individual turnstiles opened or closed) automatically at pre-defined times to increase passage flow or heighten security during busy or slow periods.

Key Features:

  • Simplified integration to access control and visitor management systems
  • Flexible reader attachment options allows use of existing readers familiar to users
  • Dedicated input for fire/life safety systems
  • Multiple inputs to allow access control systems to implement operational mode changes
  • Multiple outputs available for integration with 3rd party systems and other devices
  • TCP/IP enabled for remote communication and control of turnstiles over an Ethernet network
  • Multiple operational modes including controlled passage, free passage and visitor

Never compromise safety

Built-in Safety

The embedded intelligence and advanced hardware of the SU3000 provide highly evolved safety features. The strategically placed safety sensors are constantly monitored to instantaneously stop the moving arms if a person or object is detected. In the highly unlikely event of a contact, our intelligent closed loop motor drive system detects the impact and immediately stops the moving arms. The arms can be forced downward to meet local life safety regulations and vertical “breakaway” arms are an available option. When the optical turnstile receives a fire/life safety input, the arms drop and remain open until reset. In the event of power loss, the barrier arms drop freely and/or with minimal force to allow free egress.

Key Features:

  • Strategically placed safety sensors prevent drop arm impact with persons or objects
  • Intelligent drive system and pinpoint control of moving drop arms
  • Arms drop freely upon loss of power or state of emergency to allow free egress


The SU3000 optical turnstile is independently tested and certified by LA Testing Labs. It is also CE marked.

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Options And More

Additional information

The SU3000 has many available options, including:

  • Alternate lid colors and materials
  • Powder coated or plated cabinets
  • Arms breakaway horizontally and automatically return to normal closed position
  • Standard or handicapped lane widths
  • GateKeeper control and monitoring software
  • Floor saver platform

Elevator Destination Dispatch

Alvarado can integrate virtually any elevator destination dispatch display directly into the turnstile lid.

Modular Post and Panel Barriers

Custom infill sections and modular post and railing are available to fill in open areas around installed turnstiles and gates. Learn more about our modular post and panel barriers.

Visit our Optical Turnstiles Options Page for more information on available options for optical turnstiles.

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