Before installing the original key control system, which utilized Morse Watchmans’ KeyBank, University maintenance and custodial employees carried several different master keys in order to complete their assigned tasks. It was often a challenge for management to ensure that the keys were not transferred to others, misplaced or simply not returned if an employee left their position at the University. With the installation of the KeyBank storage system and later the KeyWatcher system, management gained control of who could remove keys, what keys they could remove and for how long. Now, all master keys utilized by Facilities (Academic & Research Facilities and Residence Halls) are maintained in the KeyBank and removed as needed by authorized personnel.
"The school’s overall security has been upgraded since KeyBank and KeyWatcher have eliminated the need for an employee to carry multiple high-level keys around with them at all times," said Smith. "With keys secured in the tamper-proof cabinet when not in use, we have lessened our exposure to the potential security risk of multiple high-level or master keys for our facilities being carried on personal key rings."
The automated key control system has also made it easier to audit who accessed keys and when. Previously, Mr. Smith noted that monitoring who removed keys to access a specific area would have taken hours of searching through manual logs. Now, by running a report, he can determine who accessed a certain key/space and when it occurred.
"Maintenance on the system is minimal and we are very satisfied with its reliability. Both the sales representative and the service department are highly professional and efficient and know the system thoroughly."
Ohio University has 17,124 undergraduate students on the Athens campus, more than 250 undergraduate programs, 970+ full-time faculty (Athens campus), and 42 residence halls housing 7,800+ students.
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ASSA ABLOY Mobile Innovation Showroom Road Tour Continues
A display of innovative door and hardware products and complete opening solutions is making its way across the country in the new ASSA ABLOY Mobile Innovation Showroom. The traveling display enables end-users, customers, architects, designers and security integrators to experience new technologies developed by ASSA ABLOY Group brands.
The showroom layout flows into segments that highlight:
- Security Continuum, featuring new access control technologies including Hi-O™ (Highly Intelligent Openings), WiFi-enabled locks, Weigand-compatible hardware and edge-of-network locksets
- Campus Solutions and the PERSONA Campus software
- Life-safety innovations, featuring a smoke room that tests the life-safety features of the LifeGuide™ family of products
- Aesthetic Openings, featuring a showcase of designer levers, hardware and decorative doors
- Energy Efficiency and the Green attributes of the ASSA ABLOY product line
- Service and Training initiatives offered by ASSA ABLOY
March/April stops include:
March 3, Pomona, Calif.;March 7, Freemont, Calif.; March 10, Sacramento, Calif.; March 15, Seattle, Wash.; March 17, Tacoma, Wash.; March 21, Boise, Idaho, and March 24, Salt Lake City, Utah
14 April 14, Dallas, Texas; April 18, Oklahoma City, Okla.; April 21, Columbia, Mo.; April 25, Overland Park, Kansas; April 27, Kansas City, Mo.; and April 29, North Kansas City, Mo.
ISC West attendees can also take a guided tour of the Mobile Innovation Showroom at ISC West, April 6-8 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. The showroom will be parked on the show floor at the ASSA ABLOY booth 11067.