Indiana University, Bloomington, is integrating keyless entry and video surveillance at all of its residences halls. It’s a project that’s been ongoing for about 10 years.
“It started with keyless entry to just the exterior doors,” said a university spokesperson. “Now we are moving toward room-level access through key cards. It’s a slow process because it gets expensive.”
Keyless entry works by swiping the university’s student ID card like a hotel key card. The technology is safer than mechanical keys.
“Mechanical keys can wear out, and it’s hard to keep up with changing the locks,” said a spokesperson. “We also always know who is in the building. If there’s an event, we will have key-card record if the person is not a resident.”
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