An Overview of Hospital Hardware

Hospital security hardware and locks must comply with Life Safety codes and other standards.


Here is a quick look at some of the potential opportunities in a healthcare facility.

Maternity Ward – Infant Security Systems
Exterior Openings – Keypad, Card Access, High-Security Key System
High Traffic Areas – Exit Devices, Electro-Mechanical Exit Devices, Fire and Life Safety Code compliance, NFPA and ADA requirements
Operating/Examining Areas – RF Actuators, Hard-Wired Actuators, Electro-Mechanical Exit Devices
Records Room – Stand-Alone Access Control w/ Audit Trail, PC-Based, Prox Card, Biometric, Keypad w/ Audit Trail, Door Position Sensors w/ Monitoring
Main Entry – Low Energy Operators w/ PIR Egress, Visitor Badging System, Electromagnetic with Release, Electro-Mechanical Exit Devices
Storage Room – Auto Operators with RF Actuators, Stand-Alone Access Control w/ Audit Trail
Drug Storage / Pharmacy - Stand-Alone Access Control w/ Audit Trail, Door Position Sensors w/ Monitoring, CCTV, High-Security Key System
Drug Storage Internal – Dual Credential or Custodial Access w/ Audit Trail, Biometrics Access Control, CCTV, Door Position Sensors w/ Monitoring
Parking Lots – CCTV with Pan / Tilt / Zoom, IP Addressable Cameras, Long-Range Prox Readers for Gates
Cash Management Area – Triggered CCTV Monitoring, DVR, Door Position Sensors w/ Monitoring, Stand-Alone Access Control w/ Audit Trail, PC-Based, Prox Card, Biometric, Keypad w/ Audit Trail

RETAIL LOCKSMITH OPPORTUNITIES
Hospitals offer a wide range of opportunities to increase security. The in-house institutional locksmith may not always be the final answer to get the job done. Although many institutional locksmiths handle a wide range of duties admirably, some never deal with electronic products or CCTV or audit trailing.

Getting to know your local healthcare facilities may prove beneficial to any retail locksmith. If there is no locksmith on staff, communicate with the right people to inform them of your products and services. If there is a locksmith on staff, introduce yourself and get to know them. Let them know who you are and that you’ll gladly help them out if they have a security problem or need security consultation. Get them in the habit of coming to your shop with that oddball desk key. In the long run you can learn from each other and develop it into a worthwhile relationship.

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