Enhance Construction Site Security with Turnstile Access Control Solutions

by | May 31, 2024 | Construction & Development Sites, Access Control, Full Height, Industry Insights, Tripod, Turnstile Access Control

Discover how turnstile access control solutions can enhance construction site security and efficiency. Improve safety and manage site access with advanced turnstile systems.

Introduction to Construction Site Security

Security on construction sites is no joke. With valuable equipment and materials on-site, plus the safety of workers to consider, having robust security measures is a must.

Enter turnstile access control solutions. These systems aren’t just for high-security buildings—they’re game-changers for construction sites too. By controlling who comes in and out, turnstiles help keep your site secure and operations running smoothly.

Ghella Abergeldie JV Central Interceptor Case Study - Construction Site Security

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In this article, we’ll dive into why construction site security is absolutely vital and,, the benefits of turnstile systems, and how you can implement them effectively. Let’s get started!

Why Construction Sites Need Enhanced Security

Construction sites face significant security challenges that can lead to financial losses and project delays.

Common Security Challenges

Ultra-realistic image depicting theft and vandalism at a construction site, showing broken fences, stolen equipment, and scattered materials with a thief carrying away tools and vandalized equipment, highlighting the vulnerability of the site after hours.

Theft and Vandalism

Valuable equipment and materials make construction sites prime targets. Recent reports in New Zealand show a rise in theft incidents, with copper and cable being frequently stolen, causing delays and increased costs.
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Unauthorized Access

Without proper construction site security and controls, unauthorized individuals can easily enter the site, posing risks to both security and safety.

Ultra-realistic image depicting safety violations at a construction site, showing an unauthorized individual entering a hazardous area and ignoring clear safety signs and barriers, highlighting the importance of ensuring only trained and authorized personnel access these areas to maintain safety standards.

Safety Violations

Ensuring that only trained and authorized personnel access hazardous areas is critical to maintaining safety standards.

Real-World Impact

In New Zealand, construction site theft has led to significant financial losses and project delays. A high-profile case in Auckland resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses due to stolen machinery, highlighting the need for robust security measures​ (New Zealand Police)​.

Turnstile access control solutions help manage site access effectively, ensuring only authorized personnel enter. This improves construction site security, reduces the risk of theft, and enhances overall site efficiency.

Benefits of Turnstile Access Control Solutions

Implementing turnstile access control systems on construction sites offers a multitude of benefits. Let’s break down why these solutions are becoming essential for site security and efficiency.

Improved Security and Controlled Access

  • Prevent Unauthorized Entry: Turnstiles ensure that only authorized personnel can enter the site. By integrating with biometric systems or access cards, you can easily control who has access.
  • Monitor Site Access: Track who enters and exits the site in real-time. This data is invaluable for security audits and emergency situations.
  • Reduce Theft and Vandalism: With controlled access points, it becomes significantly harder for unauthorized individuals to enter and cause damage or steal materials.

Enhanced Safety Compliance

  • Limit Access to Hazardous Areas: Ensure that only trained and authorized workers enter dangerous zones, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.
  • Emergency Response: In case of an emergency, knowing exactly who is on-site helps in executing efficient evacuation plans and ensuring everyone’s safety.

Increased Efficiency and Reduced Costs

  • Streamline Entry Processes: Turnstiles reduce the need for manual security checks, speeding up the entry process and allowing workers to get to their tasks quicker.
  • Lower Security Costs: Automating access control means you can reduce the number of security personnel needed, leading to cost savings.
  • Accurate Time Tracking: Use turnstile data to track working hours accurately, helping with payroll and project management.

Turnstile systems offer a robust solution to many of the common issues faced on construction sites, providing a safer, more secure, and efficient environment.


Types of Turnstiles Suitable for Construction Site Security

Choosing the right type of turnstile for your construction site is crucial. Different sites have different needs, and there are several types of turnstiles to consider, each with its own set of features and benefits.

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Full-Height Turnstiles

  • Maximum Security: These turnstiles provide a high level of construction site security, preventing unauthorized access with their full-height barrier that cannot be easily bypassed.
  • Durability: Built to withstand harsh outdoor environments, making them ideal for construction sites.
  • Integration: Can be integrated with access control systems like biometrics and card readers for added security.
  • Advantages: Provides the highest security, highly durable, and excellent for perimeter security.
  • Best For: Main entrances and high-security areas.
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Waist-High Turnstiles

  • Moderate Security: Suitable for areas that require moderate construction site security and controlled access.
  • Efficiency: Allows for quick entry and exit, making them efficient for high-traffic areas.
  • Cost-Effective: Generally less expensive than full-height turnstiles, providing a budget-friendly option for site security.
ZKTeco Turnstile inside a container for Construction Site Security

Portable Turnstiles

  • Flexibility: Can be moved and relocated as needed, providing flexibility for dynamic construction site environments.
  • Quick Setup: Easy to install and set up, making them ideal for temporary or changing work zones.
  • Integration: Compatible with various access control systems to ensure secure and controlled entry.
  • Implementation: Often includes using containers or Portacoms to facilitate these turnstiles, creating secure entry points even in temporary setups.

    Features and Advantages of Each Type

    TypeAdvantagesBest For
    Full-Height TurnstilesProvides the highest security, highly durable, and excellent for perimeter security.Main entrances and high-security areas.
    Waist-High TurnstilesQuick access, cost-effective, and efficient for managing large crowds.Internal site areas and places with moderate security needs.
    Portable TurnstilesFlexibility, easy installation, and relocation, perfect for temporary setups.Temporary access points and dynamic construction sites.

    Selecting the right type of turnstile depends on your specific construction site security needs, site layout, and budget. Each type offers unique benefits to enhance your construction site security.

    Implementing Turnstile Access Control Systems

    Implementing turnstile access control systems on your construction site requires careful planning and execution. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started and ensure top-notch construction site security.

    Steps to Assess Security Needs

    Conduct a Security Audit

    Evaluate the current construction site security measures and identify vulnerabilities. Determine the specific areas that require enhanced access control.

    Define Objectives

    Clearly outline what you aim to achieve with the turnstile system—whether it’s reducing theft, controlling access, or improving safety compliance.

    Choose the Right Turnstile Type

    Based on your security needs and site layout, select the appropriate type of turnstile (full-height, waist-high, or portable).

    Planning and Installation Process

    Site Survey

    Perform a detailed survey of the construction site to determine the best locations for turnstiles. Consider entry and exit points, high-traffic areas, and zones requiring restricted access.

    System Design

    Work with a security consultant or system integrator to design the turnstile access control system. If you don’t have existing access control systems, we can help set up a complete solution tailored to your needs.

    Procurement and Installation

    Purchase the chosen turnstile systems and schedule the installation. Ensure minimal disruption to ongoing construction activities.

    Integration with Existing Security Systems

    Access Control Integration

    Connect the turnstile system with your existing access control systems, such as biometric scanners or card readers, to streamline access management. If you don’t have existing systems, we offer comprehensive access control solutions to meet your construction site security requirements.

    Real-Time Monitoring

    Set up real-time monitoring capabilities to track access and respond to security incidents promptly. Construction site security can become vulnerable if left unattended in certain events; monitoring the site in real-time and even from a remote location is crucial yet very possible with today’s technologies.

    Data Management

    Ensure that the system records entry and exit data accurately, which can be useful for audits and emergency response planning.

    Training Staff and Workers on Usage

    Develop Training Programs

    Create training materials and programs to educate staff and workers on how to use the turnstile system properly.

    Conduct Training Sessions

    Hold training sessions to demonstrate the correct usage of turnstiles, including how to handle common issues and emergencies.

    Ongoing Support

    Provide ongoing support and refresher training to ensure compliance and proper use of the construction site security system.

    By following these steps, you can successfully implement turnstile access control systems on your construction site, enhancing security and efficiency. If you need assistance with any part of this process, our team is here to help with expert guidance and comprehensive solutions.

    Case Studies and Success Stories

    Implementing turnstile access control solutions has proven to be highly effective for various construction sites. Here are some notable case studies that highlight the benefits and improvements achieved with these systems.

    Case Study 1: Watercare Central Interceptor Project (Ghella Abergeldie JV), New Zealand

    Background: The Watercare Central Interceptor project in Auckland required robust security and access control measures to manage the large workforce and secure the site effectively.

    Solution: We provided a comprehensive access control solution, including turnstiles integrated with biometric systems, to ensure only authorized personnel could access the site.


    • Enhanced Security: The biometric turnstiles significantly reduced unauthorized access, ensuring only verified workers entered the site.
    • Improved Efficiency: Streamlined entry processes reduced delays, allowing workers to start their tasks promptly.
    • Safety Compliance: The system ensured compliance with safety regulations by restricting access to hazardous areas.

    Read more about this project here.

    Case Study 2: QUAENSA Foods Corporation, Philippines

    Background: QUAENSA Foods Corporation needed a reliable entrance control system to secure its facilities and manage employee attendance.

    Solution: Our HQ provided a turnstile system integrated with time attendance solutions to enhance security and streamline employee management.


    • Increased Security: The turnstile system prevented unauthorized access and enhanced overall site security.
    • Efficient Attendance Tracking: Integrated time attendance solutions improved the accuracy of employee attendance records.

    Read more about this project here.

    Case Study 3: Western Bainoona Group, United Arab Emirates

    Background: The Western Bainoona Group required a sophisticated access control system for its construction projects to ensure safety and security.

    Solution: Our HQ implemented a comprehensive time attendance and entrance control management solution, including turnstiles and biometric systems.


    • Enhanced Access Control: The system provided robust security by ensuring only authorized personnel could enter the site.
    • Improved Management: The integration of time attendance systems facilitated better workforce management.

    Read more about this project here.

    Case Study 4: Delta Vietnam Construction Corporation

    Background: Delta Vietnam Construction Corporation needed effective entrance barrier solutions to secure their construction sites.

    Solution: Our HQ provided advanced entrance barrier systems to enhance site security and manage access efficiently.


    • Secured Access Points: The barrier systems ensured that only authorized personnel could enter, reducing security risks.
    • Operational Efficiency: The solutions provided streamlined access control, improving overall site management.

    Read more about this project here.

    Case Study 5: Saudi Electric Company, Saudi Arabia

    Background: The Saudi Electric Company needed a robust access control management solution to secure its facilities and manage employee access.

    Solution: Our HQ implemented a comprehensive access control management system, including biometric turnstiles.


    • Enhanced Security: The biometric turnstiles provided high-level security by ensuring only authorized personnel accessed the facilities.
    • Improved Access Management: The system facilitated efficient management of employee access and attendance.

    Read more about this project here.

    Why Choose Our Turnstile Solutions

    Our company has extensive experience in providing turnstile access control solutions tailored to the unique needs of construction sites. Here’s why you should consider partnering with us:

    Expertise and Experience

    With years of experience in the security industry, we understand the specific challenges construction sites face.

    Comprehensive Solutions

    We offer a range of turnstile types and access control systems, ensuring you get a solution that fits your needs perfectly.

    Customer Support

    From installation to ongoing support and training, we are committed to helping you maintain a secure and efficient construction site.

    Satisfied Clients

    Our clients include some of the largest construction companies in New Zealand and globally, who trust us to keep their sites secure and compliant.


    Turnstile access control systems are a vital component of modern construction site security. They not only enhance safety and efficiency but also provide peace of mind that your site is well-protected. Ready to secure your construction site? Contact us today for a consultation and see how our turnstile solutions can make a difference.

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    Reynardt Badenhorst, founder and Managing Director of NZTeco Limited, is ZKTeco's primary distributor in New Zealand and nearby islands. Boasting two decades in the security sector, he has dedicated over ten years to ZKTeco, even working for them in South Africa.At NZTeco, Reynardt oversees projects, marketing, and website development. He frequently pens articles on ZKTeco products, from Time & Attendance to Access Control, showcasing his industry passion. Beyond his professional life, Reynardt is an avid photographer and video editor, skills that enrich his web development approach.

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