Facilities of all stripes, ranging from churches and school districts, to healthcare centers to manufacturing plants, continue to move from hard keys to electronic access, or to upgrade their existing electronic access systems.
Along with the holy grail of tighter overall security, the benefits of electronic access control systems include a better handle on who’s coming and going, the ability to restrict access to certain times and places depending on a person’s function in the organization, the ability to remotely control access, the extra assurance a company or organization can give its customers, and the lack of need for rekeying doors or replacing lost keys.
Of the hundreds of school shootings that have taken place in the last 50 years, only a few have involved the attacker having to physically break into the building, either through a window or – as in the case of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting – through a glass door. While there is technology available to mitigate that risk even further (including several brands of bullet- and impact-resistant glass), Advanced Data Risk Management LLC President and school security consultant Dan O’Neill says that perimeter security should only be one factor in eliminating easy targets for active shooters.
Imagine the day when you can check-in and choose your hotel room using your mobile phone. You may soon be able to do that at Hilton hotels, as the chain says it will offer digital check-in and room selection at 11 of its brands, across more than 4,000 properties.
By looking at electronic access control (EAC) from an applications perspective is very helpful to security professionals when analyzing how to best protect a facility and its people. The fact is, no two doors are alike and no two end users are alike.
Installation does not require any holes or modifications to the door, and the lock offers flexible access control with single or double glass door compatibility and dual credential access control via card reader or personal PIN code.
While the system is indeed better protecting patient information, enabling students to access dormitories and laundry rooms, and even presents the possibility of connecting with point of sale systems across both the university and hospital campuses, one measurable impact of swapping technologies is the reduction in maintenance.
Among the worst things to hear: “I can’t find the master key.” Whether lost or stolen, that situation triggers a long and expensive process of rekeying. Perhaps this is the last straw pushing your enterprise toward an electronic access control solution.
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