[Tagging] Guard booth building type

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon Oct 7 13:38:17 UTC 2019

Am Mo., 7. Okt. 2019 um 09:09 Uhr schrieb Mateusz Konieczny <
matkoniecz at tutanota.com>:

> What would be the best tagging for guard booth minibuildings?
> I think that building=guard_booth would be the best one for objects
> constructed
> as guard booth.

I agree on the selection of building for the key, but the word "guard" may
be too restrictive or misleading. There are many similar structures used
for similar purposes, e.g. staffed by a "porter" or "gate keeper" or
"janitor" (?) (someone who opens for example a lift gate), which would not
be covered by this term. In my area there are also many similar structures
placed mainly at big crossings, which are sometimes staffed by policemen
(I'm not completely sure if they can control the traffic lights, but I
guess not, because when chaotic situations occur they step out of the
enclosement, put the whistle and in the mouth and regulate the traffic in
person). The latter have a writing on them "municipal police", I would not
consider them guard houses (although they look the same), these are
typically airconditioned and will be locked when they leave.

There's also a not so well known key (but still has more than 1000 uses as
of now) to be added as a property to barriers:
(it is physically a different feature, but functionally very similar).

And there's a proposal for extending surveillance which has a
(functionally) similar property:

Looking at taginfo, I also found security_guard=no/yes (no is by far more

and guarded=yes/nighttime/yes/daytime/...

both of these are currently around 250 uses globally, and far from reaching
"supervised=*" (200K uses)

I wonder if the tag would also be suitable for "temporary" structures like
tents, which may not always be as temporary as they look. For example there
are such tents set up in Rome since the government decided to put armed
forces in front of embassies, and this is a situation that goes on for many
years, one example can be seen here in the background on the right:

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