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higher education embraces trends

Institutes of higher education are often at the forefront of innovative and new technologies. Therefore, it only makes sense that they are at the forefront of innovative security technology as well. Although colleges and universities work on a tight budget, many are still adopting some of the security industry’s trending features, such as wireless locks, mobile access, and biometric technology. The adoption of some of the security industry’s latest trends is not only keeping universities safer, but is also helping campuses increase operational efficiency. n By EifEh Strom

the rise of electronic access control Mechanical locks no longer provide the flexibility or ease of control that growing college and university campuses now require. Dan Pascale, CPP, Senior Director of Security & Emergency Services at Margolis Healy & Associates pointed out that some schools have 70,000 to 90,000 locks on


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campus. If, for example, a school has a weekend event, a person has to physically walk around and unlock 150 locks, which is highly inefficient and a poor use of time and resources. Now, instead schools are looking at how they can use electronic access control not only for security applications, but for operational efficiency as well.

Based on findings from the “2012 Living on Campus: Special Report on College Housing,” by College Planning and Management , the use of key cards instead of keys to gain entry into a residential hall building is standard in the U.S. — 86 percent of residence halls utilize card access to the buildings, but only 40 percent use card access for individual


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