The phrase “mantrap” can be a misleading term as it can often be taken falsely as a door that traps a person. However, “mantrap” door is actually an interlocking security door system. Its entire purpose is to deny access to unauthorized personnel, and not to necessarily trap individuals.
Several market verticals are known for using mantrap doors and lane security technologies to help increase the safety and security of their buildings. Two examples of this include Airports and Commercial banks. Commercial banks commonly refer to their protected entrances as “Security Vestibules” or “Access Control Portals” – with their purpose being to prevent guns from entering the building. Airports use “mantrap doors” in remote locations to limit and control access to secured areas of an airport. In this application, the mantraps prevent “piggybacking” or “tailgating” and ensure only authorized personnel pass through a security entrance one at a time.
However, no matter what you call them, whether they be mantrap security doors, security vestibules, access control systems, or security entrances; these systems are all governed by Programmable Logic Controllers or PLCs. These intricate and robust controllers are programmed to operate interlocking doors with a variety of codes that govern the operation of the system. Either a latch & strike or magnetic lock can be used to secure the door.
Isotec’s Mantrap Security Doors & Physical Access Control Systems can either be a stand-alone structure or use a facility’s existing doors. Electrifying existing doors with magnetic locks and door position switches can be an alternative to a stand-alone solution. In truth, mantraps for access control have proven to be effective and more economical than relying on security personnel, specifically for government and municipal buildings.
Isotec’s mantrap doors & lane security systems are stand-alone structures. Our typical configurations can accommodate bi-directional foot traffic or uni-directional traffic, with dedicated lanes for entry and exit. Because we build to standardized specifications, our mantrap security entrances are guaranteed and warranted to perform as defined by the client’s scenario of operation.
Isotec uses 1200lb pull force magnetic locks to secure our mantrap security doors. Each of our Access Control Systems uses a “mag locks” that has been cycle-tested and proven for durable performance for 3,000,000 cycles. In addition, we utilize “bonding sensors” to ensure our mag locks are bonded with the door’s armature plate.
In 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded Isotec the Certificate of Designation for our mantrap security doors and our other access control systems. The award specifies that our mantraps are “Qualified Anti-terrorism Technologies” as define by the 2002 SAFETY Act. the award specifies that the operator of the system may trap and detain people if need be. The award also specifies that our mantraps use metal detectors and ballistic rated glass and structure for protection against acts of terrorism.