About Keyless Locks
Why Keyless Locks?
Keyless lock systems provide a higher level of security because they provide better control of the card keys and an audit trail to detect for such things as attempted unauthorized entry, propped doors, etc. A lost card is automatically invalidated once a student uses his or her new card. Roommate(s) may continue to use their card(s) without any changes. Besides security, the new system offers the following benefits:
- Improved security through better key management.
- Reduces the maintenance effort and cost associated with re-coring locks when keys are lost.
In 1996, the University installed card key locksets in 1938 and Wilcox Halls to evaluate their effectiveness, reliability, and to understand the administrative needs of the system. Later, these locks were installed in Caldwell Field House for the Athletics Department, Frist Campus Center and CVCS offices. Athletics wanted the system to be able to easily manage their keys and the access rights of various groups to their spaces, while Frist wanted to reduce theft. Both groups succeeded in their goals and the keyless lock system for exterior doors and specialized doors is a part of everyday life.
In the fall of 2010, an interdepartmental working group consisting of representatives from Facilities, OIT, University Services, Public Safety, and other campus stakeholders was assembled in response to dormitory security concerns. The working group was also tasked with looking at the feasibility of utilizing a keyless lock system in the University’s dormitories. After a review of various keyless lock manufacturers, in early 2011 the working group recommended the selection of Salto Systems to provide the University with keyless locks for all undergraduate and graduate dormitories. These locks feature a dual validation for entry meaning that a valid TigerCard and PIN are required for entry into a dorm room entry door.