Changing market: How swing door speed gates overtook other speed gate types
Source: Jared Bickenbach, Analyst, Security & Building Technologies, IHS Technology
Mass-transit facilities and office buildings have traditionally used tripod turnstiles, retractable-door and flap-speed gates, and optical turnstiles to control access at entrances; however, there is increasing adoption of swing-door speed gates at these facilities. According to the latest IHS Market for pedestrian entrance control equipment report, the global market for swing-door speed gates is expected to increase by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11 percent to top $211 million in 2019. Swing door speed gates are expected to increase as a percentage of the global market through 2019, when it will account for more than 57 percent of the market.
The uptake in swing door speed gates can be attributed to three main factors:
- People have become more comfortable with gates that move away from them, as opposed to retractable doors or flaps that close inward as they pass through
- With the larger size of retractable door and flap-speed gates, limited space and high throughput requirements of some buildings make it difficult to increase throughput
- Design and aesthetics are also a major deciding factor, as decision makers want speed gates to integrate seamlessly within the overall design of their facilities. The ability of swing-door speed gates to remain relatively small, while incorporating custom lighting, colors, sizes and other features has resulted in increased sales, particularly in office buildings.
Swing-door speed gates have also become more popular in mass-transit applications, due to the ability to customize door heights to ensure transit fairs are collected. The ability to install taller doors in regions where “fair jumping” is more common has made swing-door speed gates an attractive option.
Increasing sales of swing door speed gates in the office buildings sector can be attributed to several factors: First, threats to personnel and information have increased globally, resulting in a greater need for entrance control equipment at office buildings; second, similar to the mass transit sector, office buildings requiring higher security have begun to install swing-door speed gates with taller doors, to restrict access to sensitive areas; third, in buildings with limited lobby space, the slimmer design of swing door speed gates allows end-users to install additional lanes to increase throughput.
The rise in swing door speed gates is expected to continue, as end-users look to protect their personnel and information from outside threats. Manufactures that can provide efficient, customizable, and aesthetically appealing speed gates at a competitive price will be well positioned to take advantage of increased future adoption of these products.