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dormakaba Unmanned Exit Lane Commissioned at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Leading Exit Lane Breach Control Solution Enhances Passenger Processes
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Winston-Salem, NC February 21, 2018 – The expansion plans of Phoenix- Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) focus on transforming the traveler experience and improving operational efficiency. Incorporating technology to improve passenger flow and reduce congestion to the existing exit lanes was a priority.

“Expanding our TSA Security Screening Checkpoint and adding a new Fully-Automated Exit Lane enables us to better serve the growing number of air travelers choosing Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport”, said Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Executive Director/CEO J. Brian O’Neill, A.A.E. “These projects provide enhanced security, increased efficiency, and a better overall passenger experience.”

Collaborating with DWL Architects + Planners, AZA relied on the firm’s expertise and extensive knowledge of airport operations to develop a workable plan. Having previously completed a study on exit lane technology, DWL prepared a solution to meet the airports requirements.

“A meticulously designed tech-zone lighting system was incorporated before passengers exit the corridor to instinctively guide passengers through the portal. We implemented an intuitive wayfinding system that made use of every element available, and took advantage of selected materials to create a cohesive design for the new dormakaba unmanned exit lane,” said Sandra Kukla, Executive Vice President of DWL Architects.

The dormakaba Exit Lane Breach Control (ELBC) system was selected due to its modularity and “smart technology” interface which optimizes airport operations. Replacing guards with technology not only eliminated the possibility of human error, it has proven to offer more control, airside protection against security breaches and substantial cost savings without compromising passenger safety.

“This installation at AZA incorporates a 2 lane, 3-door unit with new sensors and object detection,” said Bill Seibert, Business Development Manager at dormakaba. “It is the first of its kind to be installed in the Southwestern United States.”

About dormakaba
dormakaba is one of the top three companies in the global market for access and security solutions. With strong brands such as Dorma and Kaba in our portfolio, we are a single source for products, solutions, and services related to doors and secure access to buildings and rooms.  With around 16,000 employees and numerous cooperation partners, we are active in over 130 countries. dormakaba is headquartered in Rümlang (Zurich/Switzerland) and generates an annual turnover of over CHF 2 billion.

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About Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport:
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA). PMGAA consists of representation from Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix, and Apache Junction. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service to 46 cities via Allegiant and WestJet Airlines and welcomes more than 1.3 million passengers each year. Corporate, military and general aviation customers are served by Gateway Aviation Services, a 24-hour full service FBO located just north of the passenger terminal.

About DWL Architects + Planners, Inc.
Founded in 1949, DWL Architects + Planners, Inc. has established itself as a local leader in aviation design. Playing the leading role in the development of several aviation projects across the state, DWL Architects’ aviation team focuses on terminal expansions, renovations, concourses, concessions, checkpoints and more. We bring expertise from a range of industries like aviation, hospitality, civic, healthcare and higher education. Among the most dynamic and respected locally owned architecture firms in the Southwest, DWL Architects has a legacy of connecting people with places through design. Further information at