An opportunity for building managers and installers.
A few years ago, I completed an Executive MBA. Classes were held Friday through Sunday once a month at a major CBD building. To access the building over the weekend our student card opened the main foyer side door, granted access via the lift to the designated floor and opened the main entry to the classrooms. I now sit here writing this thinking to myself about the countless service doors, side entries, fire escapes, service cupboards and other doors that were fitted with mechanical cylinders and the opportunity missed to provide access control for these doors.
A quick memory ‘guesstimation’ count makes me believe that there were more than 10 service style doors on the floor I attended classes on without access control. I was on the 23rd floor and there were several more floors above me. So, if I assume there were 25 floors with 10 doors per floor, there are 250 service doors.
The service doors are under the building owners’ control. They secure the back of house and need to be accessed by all manner of service providers and trades people. Added to which some doors such as electrical cupboards requiring strict control over access due to safety concerns.
I have now presented a problem:
How do building managers control access to back of house service doors that do not have access control? Where trades and service people need to be site inducted, provided with keys, keys returned, lost keys replaced, locks rekeyed and above all, how do we stop the cleaner opening the electrical riser and potentially hurting themselves.
The solution is to install an electro-mechanical key system such as EKA CyberLock.
EKA CyberLock makes a range of cylinders to suit most common locks in the Australian market. The Cylinders are opened with CyberKeys, both of which are managed using software in the same way as an access control system. The management software allows access to be granted when and where, or simply timed out or even revoked when required. The entire system can be audited and to make it even simpler can potentially be integrated with your wired access control system or your contractor management system. And if you are thinking can a lost key be deleted; the answer is yes.
I see the installation of an electro-mechanical key system as an opportunity for both the installer and the building owners. For the installer, the project increases by 250 doors and for the building managers, a high level of control can be enforced for the back of house and the key system will never need to be rekeyed again.