1. An access platform system for enabling access to and egress from ground-based structures, vehicles, and mobile equipment, the system having:a main frame that is attached to or juxtaposed with the ground-based structures, vehicles, or mobile equipment;
a vertical displacement mechanism attached to the main frame, the vertical displacement mechanism having a platform assembly for permitting personnel to stand or ride to raise the personnel to an elevated level or lower the personnel to a lower or ground level, the vertical displacement mechanism also having an electronic controller, including position limit switches, proximity switches, and sensors;
a folding steps assembly also attached to the main frame, the folded steps assembly having steps and
an electromechanical means for folding the steps so that the steps are displaceable to, from and between a folded up configuration and a folded down configuration;
the folded up configuration permitting the steps to be folded up to a retracted, out of the way position when the platform assembly is raised or lowered, the folded up configuration blocking access to the ground-based structures, vehicles, and mobile equipment, and allowing the vertical displacement mechanism to freely move upwardly and downwardly without interference by the steps, thereby blocking the folding steps assembly from unauthorized use;
the folded down configuration securing the steps in place, the folded down configuration being a default configuration that permits ingress and egress of persons to or from the ground-based structures, vehicles, and mobile equipment;
the platform assembly being configured to be deployable within an area circumscribed by the folding steps.