In these challenging times, have you considered what would happen if you could no longer purchase supplies required to keep your entrance control points operating because they are manufactured in Europe?
This could be a dress rehearsal for what is down the road, and imagine if your access control needs repair and the parts require weeks or months to arrive from overseas.
West Virginia American Access Control Systems (WVAACS), the 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Platinum Award Champion for Best Integrated Security Management Solution, invites you to visit wvaacs.com for all-American manufactured portals manufactured with American parts.
Mantraps or security portals have been in military facilities, mental health facilities, hospitals, tech data centers, and similar locations for decades in one form or another.
Older mantraps consisted of a small enclosure with two locking doors that a security officer manned.
The officer would let the person enter the enclosure through one door and then, once cleared, unlock the second door to allow access to the person into the facility, slowly allowing only two to three people per minute into a building.
Since those early manual days, the industry has evolved into fully automatic mantraps/portals capable of verifying the user and allowing access.
The “modern” mantraps can be equipped with biometric sensors, metal detectors, and anti-tailgating/ piggybacking sensors to verify and facilitate the users into the building.
This type of mantrap has a higher throughput average of four passages per minute with single slide doors or six passages per minute with bi-parting doors.
Since these technologies are the only means for positive access control, they have mainly been used in high-risk facilities.
However, they are increasingly becoming the standard for public facilities shortly due to the rise of violent crime in schools, workplaces, and retail stores.
West Virginia American Access Control Systems provides technologically superior security portal solutions that help protect military and government buildings at the local, state, and federal levels, all manufactured in the United States with American parts.
Veteran-owned WVAACS also offers Temperature Screening, which can deny entry if the user’s body is above safe levels.
WVAACS has the right portal solutions for high-risk government and military facility needs.
End users provided huge amounts of input during the development stages, resulting in an extremely reliable, user-friendly, robust, and long-lasting portal.
American Access Control Systems portals installed in the field have over two million passages – each over the last ten years – with a nominal failure rate of one every 425,000 passages.
Early warnings of impending failures are displayed on the control console so the facility can schedule a service call before the portal experiences a failure. Data from the last 1500 cycles can be downloaded to assist in the troubleshooting process.
The combination of low failure rate, early warning, and easy repair have made these systems user-friendly, management-friendly, and technician-friendly. Installation is a breeze as they require no building modifications.
Depending on the model, the installation takes 1.5 to 2.0 days from beginning to placing into service.
The portals are assembled at the factory, and operation and sensors are fully tested before the portal is disassembled and shipped to your location.
These steps ensure the portal functions properly and installation is trouble-free and fast. This proven process requires minimal adjustments before being placed into service.
WVAACS portals are ADA-compliant and eliminate the need for a dedicated portal for ADA use.
The electronics in the portals switch between ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) mode and normal operation depending on the badge presented.
If the facility supports two separate signals from the facility’s security system, the portal will operate at normal speeds for NON-ADA users when a NON-ADA badge is presented.
However, when an ADA badge is presented, the portal operates slower to facilitate the user.
(See a demonstration of WVAACS portals ADA capabilities. Courtesy of American Access Control Systems and YouTube. Posted on Jul 26, 2018.)
Alerts are sent to the security officer when there is a security violation or an attempted violation.
The Smart E-Stop feature attempts to open the door that the user entered the portal three times. If the door opening is unsuccessful, the clutch is disengaged, allowing the portal door to be opened manually.
All sensors are laser-based, preventing ambient light interference.
The control console can monitor/control up to eight different portals from a single location.
(See a demonstration of WVAACS portals metal detection capabilities. Courtesy of American Access Control Systems and YouTube. Posted on Jul 26, 2018.)
Better technology means better reliability and better security.
The WVAACS Series 400 makes security easy.
Designed to replace existing swing doors without additional construction easily, the WVAACS Series 400 is a fully customizable, ADA-compliant security portal solution.
Trusted to meet the high-security needs of America’s most secure facilities for years, WVAACS security portals with US components are made in the USA to ensure that all parts are always readily available.
The product is assembled and tested in the factory to ensure all corresponding parts fit properly, eliminating the time-consuming problem of field modifications.
The electronic panel is pre-wired and labeled for plug-and-play use.
WVAACS units do not require a pit to be dug into the floor, eliminating costly and time-consuming construction!
The Series 400 is a 48-inch by 60-inch portal available in bi-parting doors, allowing six passages per minute.
The Series 400 can be installed in an existing doorway by removing the swing door from the hinges and mounting the portal against the frame.
This portal is also ADA compliant and can be equipped with anti-tailgating/piggybacking, metal detection, left object detection, and biometrics such as iris scan.
(See a demonstration of WVAACS portals anti-tailgating/piggybacking capabilities. Courtesy of American Access Control Systems and YouTube. Posted on Jul 26, 2018.)
With WVAACS Series 400 Security Portals, You Can:
Prevent unauthorized access via tailgating
Prohibit the exploitation of credentials via piggybacking
Prevent forced entry
Improve security environment
Manage and monitor unmanned security portals via console
Manage traffic with faster throughputs
Improve productivity with faster throughput times
Customize a solution
Have in-factory assembly and pre-testing
Have faster installation and shorter downtime, and more!
WVAACS Series 400 Security Portal Features Include:
Outside cabin dimensions 100” H X 60” D X 48” W with clear passage measuring 87” X34”
Switches to a slower operating mode when an ADA badge is presented. Smart E-Stop technology forces the person out the same door used to enter the portal when the E-Stop is activated.
The console alerts security of an alarm situation and allows for the override of detection systems by an authorized individual.
The console displays the current status of up to eight portals, individually or collectively.
Logs 16,000 cycles of data for troubleshooting assistance.
Main Control is internally protected to prevent failures due to overload conditions.
Voice messages are programmable on-site, allowing for a custom message to meet the facility’s needs.
Laser-based tailgating system immune to ambient light
Laser-based safety sensors immune to ambient light
Five-hour battery backup
Secure automatic emergency release. WVAACS portals use E-Stop, a secure automatic emergency release that NEVER gives a clear passage, thus keeping the facility secure.
Powder-coated finish available in all RAL listed colors
Custom finishes are available in stainless steel #4 & non-directional
Optional Metal Detection
Optional Left Object Detection
Glass options include 9/16” safety glass, BR1, BR2, BR2 with film (BR3)
Connections can be made to the building’s fire alarm system, opening both doors immediately to allow evacuation
Fire alarm override allows the security officer to close the doors in the event of an attempted security breach
When this is activated, the inside door(s) close, the portal scans the interior of the portal to ensure no one is inside, the exterior door(s) close when clear, then the portal automatically locks down
(See a fire alarm override demonstration. Courtesy of American Access Control Systems and YouTube. Posted on Jul 26, 2018.)
As a veteran-owned business, supporting American businesses and vendors is paramount at WVAACS, explains CEO Dave Jones.
“All of our portals are 100% ‘Made in America.’ However, we have taken that ideal and have made it part of our core DNA.
“For example, we chose to manufacture our portals using U.S. steel over foreign aluminum for a long useful life.”
“We carefully selected and bought the highest quality components and subassemblies from American manufacturers.”
“We designed our portals using American engineers; we assemble portals in our factory in West Virginia, and our technicians are highly trained American veterans.
(See WVAACS Customer Testimonial by John Bustle, of VarcoMac Electrical, speak to the reliability, ease of use, and robustness of their eight-year-old WVAACS portals. Courtesy of American Access Control Systems and YouTube. Posted on Jul 10, 2018.)
West Virginia American Access Control Systems Returns to Compete in 2024 ‘ASTORS’ Awards
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now entering its Ninth Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
Smart and Secure, the AACS Series 300 security portal is designed to simplify security.
Available in single-slide or bi-parting doors, the AACS Series 300 has a throughput of six people per minute. The bi-parting doors reduce wait times and are perfect for high-traffic entrances.
Made in the USA with U.S. components, all parts are always readily available. The portal is factory assembled and tested to ensure all corresponding parts fit properly, eliminating the time-consuming problem of field modifications.
The electronic panel of the AACS Series 300 security portal (which is now covered by a ten-year warranty) is pre-wired and labeled for plug-and-play use, and AACS Series 300 units do not require a pit to be dug into the floor, eliminating costly and time-consuming construction.
(Hear a client testimonial on the performance and benefits of WVAACS security portals by VarcoMac, a leading electrical contractor providing 24/7 services to the Baltimore-Washington Metro Area for over 40 years. Courtesy of WV Access Control Systems and YouTube.)
*WVAACS is a Returning ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champion, having secured Wins in the 2022, 2020, 2019, and 2018 Homeland Security Awards Programs
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Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2024 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.
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