IDL’s Fastlane security turnstiles in Doha, Qatar

June 28, 2022


UK firm IDL has recently installed Fastlane turnstiles across ten major office buildings located in the central business district (CBD) in Doha, Qatar.

The client, a prominent Qatari energy supplier, had a requirement to ensure that all main building entrances would be secure but will also ensure there will be a significant throughput of people.

It also has a fast tail-gating system to prevent unauthorised people from slipping through.

They also restrict access to authorised personnel only, while at the same time the entrance control solution needed to be unobtrusive, blending subtly with the overall aesthetic of the complex.

IDL, which has been around for more than three decades, is based in Feltham, Middlesex. The company currently employs 50 members of staff, working across all disciplines.

Working with one of one of the firm’s key installation partners in the region, Itelligent Technologies, both Glassgate 250s and customised Glasswings were installed across the complex.

The project consists of 10 high-rise towers ranging from 15 to 46 storeys all interconnected at ground and podium levels including a Metro Rail Link bridge connecting to the nearest metro station.

For a project of this particular size, 25 lanes of the Glassgate 250 were installed within the lift lobbies.

Designed for high pedestrian throughput, the Glassgate 250 has the capability to process up to 60 people per minute.

The bi-directional dual glass barriers are designed to work in a normally closed mode and open after a valid card or visitor signal has been presented to allow the authorised user to pass.

A further 15 lanes of Fastlane’s Glasswings were installed across all main entrances.

As with all Fastlane turnstiles, the Glasswing utilises optical technology to allow authorised entry after a valid card has been presented, closing quickly behind each user to prevent any tailgaters trying to gain unauthorised access and processing pedestrians at a rate of up to one per second.

But, unlike the other turnstiles in the Speedgates range, the glass barriers of the Glasswing retract inside the pedestal.

Alan Hardy, Sales Manager for EMEA at IDL said the product is both “pleasing to the eye” but simp-le and “intuitive” to use.

He added: “It was great to work with client, consultant, main contractor and local partners on this high profile project in Qatar.

“Both our Glassgate 250 and Glasswing turnstiles were a great choice for the client providing a security solution that is both pleasing to the eye, yet simple and intuitive to use.

“As with most Fastlane products, the client benefited from the ease of integration and customisation options.

“Here the turnstiles were integrated with the building’s existing access control system and the Glasswings were fitted with full Corian deep black quartz tops and black acrylic reader windows.”

The Fastlane brand is owned by Integrated Design Limited (IDL), which is a private, limited company that was formed in 1985.

Its purpose is to provide high quality integrated hardware and software solutions for the security market.

The company has a focus on research, development, and manufacturing of products for the entrance control market.

Since its conception it has grown organically with reinvestment from within.

IDL work with global partners and specialist integrators whose knowledge of their sector serves them, the firms and its customer base well, as it “gives us valuable insight into the end users’ needs specific to their environment”.

ID has also been working on anti-climb detection as well as the wider Glassgate 155 and Glassgate 400 Plus featuring side gating technology will demonstrate how they detect two people attempting unauthorised side-by-side dual entry.

Recently, Fastlane was installed at the UNESCO building in Paris which has its stated aim “encourage international peace and universal respect for human rights by promoting collaboration among nations.”

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