IOWA CITY, IA — The University of Iowa (UI) is switching from manual locks to keyless entry, a move officials say will increase custodian efficiency and overall campus security, according to the Press-Citizen.
According to the story, UI custodians currently have to unlock doors up to three hours in advance — creating security issues — but with over 100 campus buildings at a cost of $50,000 to $200,000 per building, tight finances could alter the timeline for the project.
Chuck Green, UI Department of Public Safety director said: "The idea of a night watchman walking around campus with a huge key ring has to change."
The switch was formalized in 2008, and one-third of campus buildings already have keyless entry through an old system; the new system called Symmetry Access Control System by AMAG Technology Inc.
has already been installed on 24 buildings with six more under construction and four still in the design phrase, the story stated.
Jonathan Kassa, executive director of Pennsylvania-based non-profit Security On Campus Inc.
said: "What we find with any upgrades to the physical security of buildings, it is going to be of benefit to a campus community. The key is, it is important to realize that a security upgrade needs to be part of a larger plan for campus security."
Campus officials hope to have keyless entry on all buildings by 2013, the story added.