The increased use of internet protocol (IP) technology is expected to fuel surging growth in the global market for speed gates.

Market research company IHS expects the world market for speed gates to grow by more than 40 per cent over the next few years, rising from $219.1 million in 2013 to $310 million by 2017.

Key factors behind the rising popularity of speed gates are the increased incorporation of IP technology and the development of sophisticated sensors, both of which expand the range of applications and functions for end users.

Speed gates operate in a manner similar to other entrance control methods, restricting access to exclusive areas in buildings or facilities to authorized personnel by means of a physical barrier, which is withdrawn only when the status of an approaching individual is verified.

They come equipped with sensors which are capable of detecting both the presence of people as well as the their direction of movement, as well as programmable logic controllers (PLC) which constantly assess the status of all individuals attempting to pass through them. Speed gates are also equipped with audio or visual alarms which are activated within turnstiles when individuals attempt to breach them without proper authorization.

 According to research conducted by IHS, one of the key advantages that IP technology brings to the operation of speed gates lies in the area of service costs. The incorporation of speed gates into IP networks means those networks can be monitored from remote locations, which facilitates troubleshooting and maintenance operations.

Integrators can assess malfunctions affecting the devices from offsite locations prior to dispatching technicians with the specifically parts and tools necessary to successfully perform repairs. This saves on service costs by reducing the need for technicians to make multiple trips to firstly determine the problem afflicting the device, before returning with the parts needed to patch them up.

The potential for further incorporation of IP technology into the use of speed gates remains immense, even in first world economies where the incorporation of networks has increased rapidly. In North America, for example, it is estimated that only half of all clients have chosen to incorporate turnstiles or speed gates into their security systems by means of IP technology.