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Underneath its sleek and stylish stainless steel exterior, the SU5000 boasts the latest in optical detection technology.

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  • SU5000 Swinging Barrier Optical Turnstile

    Beneath an elegant exterior design lies a true powerhouse of technology. The SU5000 with bi-directional motorized swinging barriers is the culmination of Alvarado’s many years of optical turnstile design experience.

    Secured entry control applications

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

    Design without compromise

    Elegant Design

    The SU5000 is simply a beautiful product. Its rounded lines, contoured edges and liberal use of crystal clear materials create a very upscale look. With the industry’s slimmest cabinet design, the SU5000 optical turnstile’s very compact footprint allows for more lanes in areas where space is a premium.

    Key Features:

    Three panel height options

    Slimmest available cabinet width

    Same cabinet size for standard and handicapped width lanes

    Shared center cabinets to create multiple lane configurations

    Highly intuitive LED illuminated user graphics

    Crystal clear swinging and fixed side panels

    Multiple cabinet finish and lid color options

    Optional panel etching and illumination

    Added Benefits:

    Modern design blends with any lobby to match corporate culture

    Slim cabinets equals more lanes in tighter spaces

    Transparent panels look great and increase visibility

    Cabinet and lid options match any décor

    Clear user interface graphics eliminate confusion

    Panel etching and illumination options provide unique branding opportunities


    Intelligent, reliable and secure operation

    Superior Technology

    The SU5000 optical turnstile provides bi-directional access control in conjunction with a facility access control system. To enter, users present a valid credential which opens the turnstile’s motorized barriers away from the user, allowing a single passage in the requested direction. Unauthorized entries, or attempts to tailgate on an authorized entry, are deterred. The turnstile has a number of operational modes and features that provide a superb combination of security, safety and high user throughput.

    Key Features:

    Advanced tailgating, wrong way and unauthorized presence detection

    Audio, visual and controller level feedback and alarm outputs

    Upload custom .wav files for alarm signals to notify nearby staff

    Brushless closed loop DC drive system

    Software adjustable panel holding force

    Multiple operation modes

    Designed for continued use and maintenance free performance

    Added Benefits:

    Secures space and ensures only valid users gain entry

    Provides the ability to track who is in the facility

    Intuitive operation for attendants and users

    High access control throughput

    Quick and precise panel movement and alignment – no need for constant adjustments

    Integrates easily with 3rd party systems (i.e. cameras, guard signals)

    Easy to install and provides years of trouble free operation

    Simplified integration

    Access Control and Visitor Management

    Integrating the SU5000 optical turnstile into your facility is quick and easy. The SU5000 integrates with virtually any access control or visitor management system and accommodates a wide array of credential readers. 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 result is a barrier optical turnstile that not only looks amazing, but provides superior access control and visitor management for facilities worldwide.

    Lane Monitoring and Control

    Alvarado’s GateKeeper Monitoring and Control software allows operational management of SU5000 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) 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 credential reader attachment options allows you to use existing readers familiar to users

    Dedicated fire system input

    Multiple outputs available (i.e. counting, alarms, cameras) for streamlined integration with other 3rd party systems

    TCP/IP enabled for remote communication and control of turnstiles

    Optional flush mounted barcode reader for visitor pass validation

    Safety features you shouldn’t be without

    Built-in Safety

    The embedded intelligence and advanced hardware of the SU5000 provides highly evolved safety features. The strategically placed safety sensors are constantly monitored to instantaneously stop the moving panels if a potential contact is detected. In the highly unlikely event of a contact, our powerful closed loop motor drive system detects the impact and immediately stops the moving panel. The drive system offers variable holding force of the panels to balance security with local life safety regulations. When the optical turnstile receives a fire/life safety input, the barriers open in the exit direction and remain open until reset. In the event of power loss, the barrier panels can be moved freely with very minimal force.

    Key Features:

    Strategically placed safety sensors prevent panel impact with persons or objects

    Intelligent drive system and pinpoint control of moving panels

    Free egress in emergencies or loss of power

    Software adjustable panel holding force


    The SU5000 optical turnstile is one of the few products on the market that is independently tested by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). The SU5000 is ETL Listed, conforming to both UL and CSA standards. It is also CE marked.

    Additional information

    The SU5000 has over a dozen available options, including:

    Alternate lid colors and materials

    Powder coated or metal plated cabinets

    Custom etching on panels

    Static or dynamic side panel illumination

    Multiple barrier heights

    Integrated barcode reader

    GateKeeper control and monitoring software

    Universal reader mount for larger devices and flexible orientation

    Elevated baseplates

    Elevator Destination Dispatch

    The SU5000 can integrate with virtually any Elevator Destination Dispatch solution to direct users to the correct elevator when presenting their authorized credentials. The dispatch display can be mounted directly to the turnstile, eliminating the need for employees/visitors to identify themselves a second time when entering an elevator.

    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.

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