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Sacramento Repels Vandals with Computer Managed Locks

Public Works Department uses electronic access control solution

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Public Works Department has installed IR Security & Safety Locknetics on board computer-managed (CM) locking products to integrate with its panic hardware, enhance credential compatibility, and provide secure access in areas where vandalism is high.

"Our first application was for a gate in a park that was subject to much vandalism," said Bob McLaughlin, senior building maintenance worker for the Sacramento Public Works Department. "This product was originally chosen because it easily interfaces with the panic hardware we use."

According to McLaughlin, CM products also provide access at exterior doors to corridors in the Building Department. Approximately 90 employees use them around the clock, hundreds of times a day. They also interface with the department's panic hardware and read the proximity cards. The department found the design to be more vandal resistant.

"We use both the proximity cards and keypads for access," said McLaughlin. "Those that already have the cards prefer using them. Our employees can use the same credential at all doors, regardless of the supplier of the access mechanism. As a result, we can use these locks with no problems at other locations and buildings."

The CM stand-alone locking products provide features found traditionally with online networked systems. Whatever the credential used, user-friendly software programs them all, including the locks, access trim, and offline hard-wired controllers that manage strikes and magnets from a laptop or PDA. New users, access points and access privileges can be entered into the system quickly.
Miriam Jones is a former chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.
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