4 Reasons Why You Should Install Electronic Access Control in Dorms

Moving from mechanical to electronic access control solutions save a campus time and money, as well as provide many other benefits.

Taking these points into consideration when making a purchasing decision eliminates some of the fears administrators may have about making the wrong technology decision.
It is possible to choose a system that meets current safety and security issues as well as accommodates emerging technologies that allow the system to expand and adapt as needed. The result is peace of mind that the investment will last well into the future, thereby ensuring a strong return on investment.

3. EAC Offers Efficiencies
When used on student room doors in resident halls, EAC can reduce maintenance needs.

More than 25 percent of campuses report having to rekey a lock at least once a week and, with semester turnover happening mid-way through the school year, many are often rekeying residence hall rooms multiple times. There’s also rekeying related to non-traditional uses of residence halls, such as summer academic, sports and band camps or conferences and youth groups. For facility and housing managers, this consumes a significant amount of their time.

The use of electronic credentials, on the other hand, eliminates rekeying locks. Imagine the higher-priority tasks to which a facility manager can attend if he or she is not busy rekeying.

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As a bonus, electronic credentials are easier to manage than keys. The manager simply makes a few keystrokes to add or change a credential. All of the efficiency that is gained as a result of time savings translates to intangible financial savings.

4. EAC Provides Convenience, Peace of Mind
The final reason for using EAC for student room doors in residence halls is what it offers students and their parents: more convenience and peace of mind.

Electronic credentials, such as campus one cards, offer students a new level of convenience. Adding access control to student rooms allows them to use their campus ID card to access their residence hall room, and, with the newest technology, their smart phones can be used as campus credentials. Students already use these to access other buildings, pay for items in the bookstore, food in the cafeteria, check out books at the library and g
ain access to sporting events. Adding access to residence hall rooms is a logical fit and, with their fast-paced lives, they appreciate the added convenience.

Recruiting and retaining students is a top priority at every campus. Students – along with their parents – take technology and security into consideration when choosing a school. “Cool” high-tech access control on residence hall rooms can be another part of the recruitment strategy, appealing to both.

In addition, EAC offers both the perception and reality of increased security, especially when compared to keys. This gives parents greater peace of mind about their students’ safety.

Mechanical keys still have a role on campus, but for many circumstances – especially student dorm room security – it makes sense to make the move from mechanical to EAC solutions because they save time for staff and in the long term save money.

Ann Timme is the marketing manager of vertical markets at Allegion. For more information, visit us.allegion.com.

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