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JUL 2019

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JULY/AUGUST 2019 | ACCESS CONTROL Trends And Technology S15 functions prevent lights from remaining on in empty rooms or HVAC systems from consuming large amounts of energy at times when classroom buildings aren’t in use. Activating operational systems only when they’re needed reduces energy usage across an entire facility, and ultimately, costs. Openings themselves can also be a driver of energy savings, particularly when low-energy electromagnetic locks are installed. For example, ASSA ABLOY’s newly released Securitron M380E with EcoMag technology provides an 80 percent reduction in energy consumption over previous models of electromagnetic locks. Utilizing access control products such as the Eco Suite of energy efficient products from ASSA ABLOY Group brands throughout a facility can have a significant impact on energy and cost reduction. Connecting various facility operations with low-voltage or Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions can also reduce energy usage and overall cost. Further cost savings are possible thanks to the fact that access control solutions can connect to these networks without a campus having to add new infrastructure. “By integrating data from event and classroom scheduling systems, a campus can automate its access control system to manage how faculty and students engage with different buildings across campus,” says Jason Higley, Managing Partner at Detrios. “For example, using Detrios DAX, an electronic access control (EAC) system can be set to only unlock buildings and rooms during off-hours if there is an event in that space. This provides the added benefits of increased safety and security by restricting access to spaces that aren’t scheduled for use, as well as reduced energy consumption by limiting the number of spaces that are considered occupied. At scale, this type of program can drive incredible energy and cost savings.” Access control can also drive cost efficiencies by protecting supplies and equipment. Electronic credentials record who entered certain rooms and when, so access to labs and storage rooms can be monitored. Further, EAC systems can be programmed to only allow certain individuals to enter spaces with sensitive assets. At the campus clinic, for instance, access to medication and supplies storage can be restricted and monitored, helping to reduce diversions or losses of these valuable materials. Server rooms and all types of tech equipment can be secured with access credentials as well, making them less prone to damage or theft. The wide variety of locks available allows access control systems to secure valuable assets in a range of applications, such as cabinets. For example, HES K100 cabinet locks with Aperio technology can be used to ensure that only authorized credentials can gain access to secure cabinets. With this technology, equipment and other valuable assets can be secured in classrooms, laboratories and any type of educational facility. For example, Berklee College of Music utilizes HES K100 cabinet locks to store and secure audio equipment. According to Nick Costa, Technical Operations Manager at Berklee, since the deployment of the HES K100 cabinet locks there has been zero property loss in areas where the locks were installed.[i] Additionally, re-keying locks and providing new metal keys can be expensive compared to providing a credential for an EAC system, specifically a student ID card. Reprogramming or replacing these types of cards is typically less costly in terms of both materials and the time it takes facilities staff to make mechanical upgrades. HES K100 cabinet locks with Aperio technology can be used to ensure that only authorized credentials can gain access to secure cabinets. The SARGENT Passport 1000 P1 and P2 locks support multiple credentials and allow seamless migration from the magnetic stripe cards that are widely used today to mobile credentials and higher security smart cards without having to change the locks.

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