Designed for reliability and patron comfort
Cutting edge technology provides superior control
The EDM provides bi-directional access control when implemented with a facility access control system, or any device that can provide a dry contact output such as a push button. In controlled passage mode, upon receipt of a valid credential signal, the turnstile unlocks and the motorized arms move forward slightly in the passage direction to prompt the user. With just a light touch of the horizontal arm, the motor initiates rotation allowing near touchless user passage. When the rotation is completed, the turnstile sends a rotation signal that notifies the access control system that passage has occurred and the turnstile relocks in the home position, ready for the next activation.
The EDM provides very fast throughput. In heavy use periods the turnstile stacks activations, processing users as quickly as they can scan their credential and walk through the turnstile. The EDM supports both card-in / card-out and card-in / free exit operation. Either direction can also be closed, in which case all inputs are ignored. Three position key locks on the underside of the turnstile fascia allow the turnstile to be placed in any of the available passage modes.
Card readers are easily integrated with the turnstile. As an option, readers can be mounted on the turnstile lid. Alvarado can also provide a lid cutout that allows the installation of standard sized proximity readers underneath the lid. Optional LED notification lights can also be added to give notice of presented credential status to users.
The EDM’s drop arm or anti-panic functionality is fully automatic. Upon loss of power or receipt of a dedicated fire input signal, the horizontal arm drops, providing a clear exit passageway. When power is restored or the fire input is removed, the EDM sounds a notification tone alerting that the arms will start a rotation signal to return the arms to normal operating position automatically. As an option, a battery backup can be installed in the turnstile. With this option, on a loss of power, the turnstile continues to function normally. The turnstile will still drop the horizontal arm upon receipt of a fire system input and return to normal operation when the input is removed. The turnstile can operate for approximately three hours on battery power.
The EDM comes with a configuration utility (EDM Utility) that allows adjustment of configurable settings through software. Settings are adjusted by plugging a laptop into the EDM’s advanced turnstile control board.
The EDM can also be used for crowd control or patron counting applications by placing one or either direction in free passage mode. For patron counting applications, each time there is a rotation, an output is sent to an incremental counter installed in the turnstile cabinet. Counts can also be sent to Alvarado’s GateWatch facility counting software, or the output can be sent to a third-party application.