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Gate admission turnstile with motorized operation

The TAS12-EDM motorized gate admission turnstile provides access control at stadiums, arenas, theme parks and other entertainment facilities. The motorized rotation system maximizes throughput and provides superior passage comfort for guests. Working in concert with our GateLink10 software or our DirectConnect API, the TAS12-EDM validates of all types of physical or digital credentials, including 1D/2D barcodes, RFID/NFC and other types of media.




Motorized Rotation
Motorized rotation maximizes throughput and provides a very comfortable patron passage.

Media Validation
Superior validation of 1D/2D printed and digital (mobile phone) barcodes; option to add other media readers

Fast Entry Throughput
Intuitive for guests; highly responsive validation and very fast throughput

Bright TFT Display/Touchscreen
Clear graphics instruct guests; operators access administrative functions using touchscreen

Attendant Notification
LED lights at rear of the device notify attendants of presented credential status

Custom Graphics/Audio
User customizable screen graphics and sound files can be associated with presented credential status

Easily Upgradeable
Modular design allows field installation of RFID/NFC readers and other components

Server Communication
Gate admission turnstile communicates via TCP/IP – wired or optional Wi-Fi

A great patron experience

Advantages for venues

The TAS12-EDM gate admission turnstile is one of our latest generation of Alvarado intelligent admission products. The TAS12-EDM works seamlessly with Alvarado’s widely used GateLink10 admission control software. Backed by over 15 years of development, GateLink10 is installed in hundreds of facilities, including some of the world’s largest stadiums. A DirectConnect API, which allows direct communication between third-party systems and our intelligent admission devices, is also available.

The TAS12-EDM  supports superior real-time validation of printed and digital 1D/2D barcodes, RFID/NFC and other types of media. Other available functionality includes entry/exit validation, operator assisted entry using dual display/scanning devices, and the printing of seat locator slips, receipts and coupons during the entry process.

A major feature of the TAS12-EDM gate admission turnstile is that it allows guests to self-validate entry credentials. Guest self-scanning of credentials is becoming increasingly popular at venues because it provides many benefits over hand held validation terminals, including faster throughput and superior digital barcode scanning – even in bright sunlight.

Allowing guests to self-validate credentials also greatly reduces the handling of customer phones, as well as attendant and guest frustration when printed or digital tickets don’t scan. Our equipment puts the focus back on customer service. One of our clients put it best, “guest self-scanning liberates our attendants to become customer service ninjas.”


Intuitive and comfortable for guests

Guests find the TAS12-EDM gate admission turnstile very intuitive. A bright color TFT touchscreen display provides clear visual instructions to patrons. To provide further guidance, after validation, the turnstile arms increment forward approximately an inch to prompt the user that passage is now possible.

The gate admission turnstile’s motorized drive system provides a smooth, controlled and nearly silent rotation. Alvarado’s intelligent closed loop drive system improves guest comfort and passage safety. Our precise rotation control allows a user to start the motorized rotation with just a touch of the horizontal turnstile arm. As an added benefit, the TAS12-EDM’s extended arm length provides a very comfortable passage width for patrons.

Superior barcode scanning

The turnstile also provides superior barcode scanning. A strategically placed, best in class, 1D/2D barcode imager provides near instantaneous validation of printed and digital barcodes in all types of environments – even bright sunlight.

Other features

LED’s on the rear of the device notify attendants of presented credential status (good/bad) and identify when special tickets, such as a child, senior or VIP, are presented.  The graphics on the front display are user customizable and can include advertisements. The turnstile supports many other admission functionality options, most of which are conveniently controlled and implemented from the GateLink10 server.

Benefits of the automated drop arm

The TAS12-EDM’s drop arm design facilitates quick and easy patron exit after the event. The turnstiles can be powered down, which drops the horizontal arm, providing a clear passageway. A “drop arm” command can also be sent from the GateLink10 server to drop the horizontal arm of any or all turnstiles. Once power is restored, or a “reset arm” command is initiated, the arms automatically return to the normal operating position. The turnstile also has a dedicated fire system input if required by local fire codes.

What can be added to the gate admission turnstile?

The thoughtful modular design of the TAS12-EDM provides many options to customize operation for individual facilities.

A highly responsive RFID/NFC reader can be installed under the turnstile lid. If a facility desires to utilize RFID/NFC in the future, every TAS12-EDM is factory prepped to allow field installation at a later date.

A 2nd display/scanning device can be added for entry/exit validation (or attendant assisted entry application using the touchscreen included with every display).

A high speed printer can also be integrated in the turnstile to allow printing of coupons or seat locator slips. For some venues Alvarado prints unique identifying graphics on seat locators to allow ushers to quickly identify whether a patron is allowed access to clubs or special areas inside the facility.

To facilitate moving the gate admission turnstile within the facility, TAS12-EDM’s can be installed on portable baseplates with wheels that raise and lower with a foot pedal to allow easy movement. Our optional wireless communication (802.11a, b-n) outperforms the often spotty communication provided by many handheld terminals. Portable turnstiles can be AC powered using a secured, plug in power cord, or the TAS12-EDM can be battery powered. Our advanced battery system provides over 10 hours of continuous operation under a full load, even if a printer is used.

Benefits of the TAS12-EDM Gate Admission Turnstile:

  • Motorized operation provides fast, comfortable entry for guests
  • Automatic drop arm increases safety and facilitates quick user exit
  • Guest self-scanning improves throughput
  • Guest self-scanning allows ticket takers to become customer service advocates
  • Superior barcode scanning in all conditions
  • Ability to validate nearly any media, including RFID/NFC
  • Many options including printing / portable, wireless, battery powered

Plug and play for partners

Partner benefits

No one knows more about intelligent entry control than Alvarado.

We manufacture and support our equipment and systems and provide competent highly competent layout, configuration, training and support. Let us show you why working with Alvarado is a very smart choice.

Benefits of working with Alvarado:

  • Simple, straightforward integration
  • Over 60 years in business; over 20 years’ experience in the market
  • Support and experience working with all media types
  • Mobile scanning expertise
  • Robust software and hardware
  • Consultative services to assist with layout, throughput and special needs entry requirements
  • Responsive, collaborative, phone and on-site support

Motorized gate admission turnstile applications

Sports Stadiums and Arenas

Secured entry control for theme parks and stadiums

Theme and Water Parks

Zoos, Aquariums and Museums

Multipurpose Facilities

Speedways and Raceways

Ferry Operators


Real integration with any ticketing system

There are two ways to integrate with Alvarado’s intelligent admission devices:

GateLink10 – Alvarado’s GateLink10 is integrated with leading ticketing providers and is used at hundreds of facilities worldwide. GateLink10 users benefit from ongoing product enhancements driven by our large installation base. We’re also willing to customize integration for select partners.

DirectConnect API – Our DirectConnect API allows Alvarado’s intelligent admission devices to communicate directly with third-party systems. The API provides clear, easily implemented web service protocols that support real-time validation of all types of media and enable printing of seat locator slips, receipts or coupons during the entry process.

Convenient Device Management

GateUtility – Alvarado’s TAS12-EDM intelligent admission turnstiles come with our highly convenient GateUtility device management application. This browser-based application allows authorized users from a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone to:

  • Change display graphics and audio sound files
  • Download software updates and restart devices
  • Change the operating mode between controlled entry and free pass
  • Automatically drop the horizontal arm to provide a free passageway for after event, or emergency, egress

GateUtility allows the user to address individual devices, devices in a section or area, or all installed devices.

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Options And More

Additional Information

Other Intelligent Admission Devices and Entry Gates

In addition to our TAS12-EDM gate admission turnstile, we offer a wide assortment of additional gate admission devices, including solutions for disabled and stroller entry. 

Other Software Applications

The TAS12-EDM gate admission turnstile operates in conjunction with our GateLink10 admission software or our DirectConnect API. For venues interested in patron counting, GateWatch patron counting software provides real time in venue counts and a historic database of entry and exit activity.

TAS12-EDM turnstiles have several available options, including:

  • Wi-Fi communication (802.11a,b/n)
  • Addition of a 2nd scanning device for entry/exit or operator assisted applications
  • Installation on a portable baseplate using AC or battery power
  • Highly responsive RFID/NFC or magnetic stripe readers
  • Ability to add other types of media readers
  • Rotation counts accessible from the device touchscreen or using a counter installed in the cabinet


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