With biometric technology, university students who lose an access card or key do not have to worry about an unauthorized individual picking up the card or key and compromising the security of their dormitory. They also don’t have to worry about students loaning out their cards or PIN codes to strangers.”
At the campus, Schlage HandKey readers are currently at the main entrances of each of three residence halls. Students entering the dorm slide their hands onto the biometric reader and, in less than a second, the door opens and they enter the dorm. As they arrive on their specific floor, they again slide their hands into the unit and their personal door opens.
Faculty members also use HandKey readers to enter academic facilities, and the university plans to use the readers for access to 24-hour computer labs, as well as to check out library books, access the athletic fields and obtain bookstore charge backs. In addition, officials can retrieve reports on building access, assess traffic patterns, investigate unauthorized access events and record all events for safety. Doors can also be unlocked remotely, and a special code can be punched in to alert campus safety officials in the event of an emergency. If someone props open a door, security officials are notified immediately.
Other Hardware Solutions
Exit devices, such as the Von Duprin 99 Series, can incorporate the same classroom security function as locks when applied to classroom-type areas. When needed, they can be locked quickly from the inside to prevent an intruder from entering.
Where greater security is required, the Von Duprin 98/99 \XP exit device is available in a rim configuration that features a two-piece latch positioned 90 degrees to the strike pad, which delivers more than 2,000 pounds of static load resistance.
For situations where a facility might need to prevent individuals from exiting temporarily, Von Duprin’s Chexit® delayed egress device is available with options to meet a facility’s unique needs. This device meets National Fire Protection Association 101 “Special Locking Arrangement” and has optional cylinder dogging for increased security. A dogging indicator light, which can be seen from more than 50 feet away, provides a visual indication that helps reduce the time needed to conduct inspections.
Another exit device feature that may be useful in some applications is a luminescent “soft glow” panel on the touch pad. In Calif., the Piedmont Unified School District uses them in areas such as gymnasiums so they are easier to locate in dark or dim light.