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 systems are actually interlocking access control tools that’s purpose is to deny access to unauthorized personnel, usually from an exit and an entry door. Neither of which can be unlocked at the same time.
Several market verticals are known for using mantrap security systems to help increase the safety and security of their buildings. Two examples of this include airports and municipal buildings. Airports use mantrap access control 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 Controls
Isotec’s mantraps can either be stand-alone structures or use a facility’s currently existing doors. Electrifying existing doors with magnetic locks and door position switches can be an alternative to a stand-alone solution. In truth, mantrap door systems have proven to be effective and more economical than relying on security personnel, specifically for government and municipal buildings.
Our typical mantrap 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.