[Tagging] Guard booth building type

Tobias Zwick osm at westnordost.de
Mon Oct 7 19:52:57 UTC 2019

How about porters_lodge, it's more general. It would cover the small building at the entrance of outdoor pools where you buy the tickets, same for other outdoor venues, the booth at the entrance of company/factory grounds, the guard booth at the entrance of gated communities etc.

Not sure if this word is common in English, I just looked up the translation of the German word for that.


On October 7, 2019 3:38:17 PM GMT+02:00, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
>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"
>be too restrictive or misleading. There are many similar structures
>for similar purposes, e.g. staffed by a "porter" or "gate keeper" or
>"janitor" (?) (someone who opens for example a lift gate), which would
>be covered by this term. In my area there are also many similar
>placed mainly at big crossings, which are sometimes staffed by
>(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
>person). The latter have a writing on them "municipal police", I would
>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
>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
>and guarded=yes/nighttime/yes/daytime/...
>both of these are currently around 250 uses globally, and far from
>"supervised=*" (200K uses)
>I wonder if the tag would also be suitable for "temporary" structures
>tents, which may not always be as temporary as they look. For example
>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
>years, one example can be seen here in the background on the right:

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