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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Frequently Asked Questions About Mantrap type entrance control systems

What is a mantrap door system?
What are interlocking doors?
What is an Automated Security Entrance?
How quickly can people navigate through the Automated Security Entrance?
Can more than one person pass through the entrance control system?
Can someone be physically trapped in this door control system?
Is this security entrance system ADA compliant?
Will the fire marshal approve the use of the Access Control Vestibule?
How is the Automated Security Entrance installed?
What are the typical components used in a Automated Security Entrance?
Is the Automated Security Entrance or mantrap cost effective?
How much does an automatic mantrap system cost?
What is the manufacture and delivery time?
Do you have a list of customers to contact on the operation and maintenance of the Automated Security Entrance?


What is a mantrap entrance security system?
A mantrap is security terminology for a system that monitors and controls a two or more interlocking door entrance or exit separating a non-secured area (outside) of the building area from a secured (interior) area. These interlocking doors allow only one door to be open at any time. Other descriptive terms used for this type of system include: Automated Security Entrance, entrance control system, access portal, access control system, entrance portal, and security vestibule. The Isotec Security Automated Security Entrance mantrap door system screens for weapons.
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What are interlocking doors?
The Automated Security Entrance is the premier mantrap entrance door system that uses weapon detection screening. It consists of a bullet resistant aluminum frame enclosed by bullet resistant glass, and an optional bullet resistive ceiling. The frame is usually divided into two separate compartments: one for entry and one for exit. Passage through each compartment is controlled by a set of two interlocking doors. Entry doors and exit doors operate independently. Control of the doors is achieved through the use of exit devices, magnetic locks, infrared motion and presence sensors, cameras, and a metal detector.
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What is an Automated Security Entrance?
The Automated Security Entrance is the premier mantrap entrance door system that uses weapon detection screening. It consists of a bullet resistant aluminum frame enclosed by bullet resistant glass, and an optional bullet resistive ceiling. The frame is divided into two separate compartments: one for entry and one for exit. Passage through each compartment is controlled by a set of two interlocking doors. Entry doors and exit doors operate independently. Control of the doors is achieved through the use of exit devices, magnetic locks, infrared motion and presence sensors, cameras, and a metal detector.
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How quickly can people navigate through the Automated Security Entrance?
It normally takes an individual around three seconds to pass through two doors and the entire screening system if there is no metal detection alarm.
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Can more than one person pass through the entrance control system?
More than one person can walk through the security entrance as long as each is successful in passing through the weapons detector.
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Can someone be physically trapped in this door control system?
With standard exiting hardware on the doors, individuals will always be able to exit through the mantrap exit vestibule.  The employee in charge of monitoring the system can be given the ability to detain an individual in the exit chamber if that is the operational protocol.
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Is this security entrance system ADA compliant?
The Isotec Security Automated Security Entrance is fully compliant.
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Will the fire marshal approve the use of the Access Control Vestibule?
Fire codes require an emergency exit path out of all occupied areas and will approve these security entrance systems. We can help secure the appropriate approvals from all permitting agencies for each installation.
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How is the Automated Security Entrance  installed?
The current building entrance system is removed. Installation of frames, glass and electronics take approximately 10 hours, depending on floor level condition. In new construction, installation is part of the building process. The modular design of this security vestibule makes it possible to relocate to a new location.
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What are the typical components used in a Automated Security Entrance?
Metal detection system, bullet resistant glass and aluminum framing, individual door controls, control panel with emergency override and reset buttons, wireless door lock override button, intercom system, high security door closers and hardware. Other components that may be used are: access control system, card readers, CCTV cameras, digital video recording system, intercom system, remote monitoring and control panel, an alarm sounder, and a metal detector.
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Is the Automated Security Entrance or mantrap cost effective?
The Automated Security Entrance allows an existing employee within the control and monitoring area to handle most issues. They can dispatch authorities to the premises if a situation requires it. Posting a guard at the entrance to a high security area may no longer be required. The cost of their salary, taxes, insurance and benefits can add up quickly to over $80K annually. An automatic entrance control system requires only occasional human intervention when there is an alarm or bypass condition. Significant insurance savings may also be available. A building with an automatic mantrap entrance control system may have lower premiums. The cost of the state of the art Automated Security Entrance can be recovered in less than one year based on savings in security guard labor costs alone.
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How much does an automatic security system cost?
The cost for a standard Automated Security Entrance one or two chamber door system can range from $28,000 to around $43,000...plus installation.
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 What is the manufacture and delivery time?
Upon acceptance of your order, the standard lead time for delivering an Automated Security Entrance is around six weeks.
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Do you have a list of customers to contact on the operation and maintenance of the Automated Security Entrance?
A list is available on request.

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