Add dirty hands, dust buildup, vandals, salt spray, electromagnetic interference and even explosions to the rain, sleet, snow and the gloom of night that can affect operation of access control systems, and especially readers in harsh conditions. And there is the stress on readers that must handle intensive traffic or electrical situations that can knock out gear for a period of time.
Once considered safe havens, health care institutions today are confronting steadily increasing rates of crime, including violent crime,” said an alert issued last year by the Joint Commission, a national accrediting agency.
Security technology and applications are evolving at an accelerating rate, driven by the recognition of the need for stronger security measures to create safer environments. Still, in every facility there will be a large number of physical keys that are in use and they must be considered when implementing or upgrading a security system.
Today, security is of utmost importance at the nation’s colleges and universities. Events such as the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 remind administrators, parents and students of the stark reality that considering the safety of all individuals who visit, work or attend classes at college campuses is essential.
The events of September 11, 2001 changed the way business thought about perimeter security and access control. Rather than just a barrier to keep intruders out, fences and gates are installed with protection against potential terrorist attacks in mind.
Beyond identity management, biometrics, integrated with access controls, now can more accurately and conveniently open a door, allow or block entrance to everything from a country to a port facility, permit admittance into a computer network or database, and even handle homeless individuals in a more caring manner.
You don’t want to just know who is in the building but why they are there, how they got in and even details of packages that are delivered. Old-fashioned methods of paper log books and have a security person check ID badges don’t work any longer.
It was electricity, gas, oil and water back then. But when Congress passed and President George Bush signed the USA Patriot Act of 2001, those and a lot other sectors got bundled into critical infrastructures and suddenly inherited a more intense security profile.