FORESTVILLE, CONN. – May 16, 2002 – Locknetics Security Engineering, theelectronic locking systems component of IR Security & Safety’s Electronic
Access Control Division (EACD), today announced that The University of Texas
at San Antonio (UTSA) has increased security and enhanced student, faculty
and staff convenience with a “Locknetics On Board” locking system. The
four-year-old, growing implementation includes Schlage Computer-Managed (CM)
locks with heavy-duty mortise locksets and Locknetics LockLink software.
At UTSA, the University Police Access Control is responsible for the
issuance of university door keys, door rekeyings and access controlled by
their UTSA card. Student ID cards (magnetic stripe) are used for access
control, participation in the meal program, using copiers, vending machines
and other campus applications. They work with both the Schlage CM
standalone locks as well as Diebold magnetic stripe card readers and
electric strikes, hard-wired into the buildings. In addition to
proximity/magnetic stripe cards, i-Buttons and keypads presently unlock the
Schlage CM locking systems at different access points throughout campus.
“We selected Schlage battery-operated CM locks with “Locknetics On Board”
because these standalones provide us more versatility at a lower cost than
hardwired,” explains UTSA Access Control Manager Jim Keienburg. “With the
CM locks, we can use multiple credentials. For instance, all of our locks
are set up to run with the i-Button, which we prefer over magnetic stripe
for ‘wear-and-tear’ applications. Access codes are primarily used in high
traffic, lower security sites such as mailrooms and copier rooms. Many of
the newer ‘Locknetics on Board’ locking systems have proximity card readers.
We’re also planning to incorporate hand geometry biometrics in a new
building now under construction.
“We can also program different functions, such as preset expiration,
different time zones, time schedules, holidays, first person in, dual
credential access and others at different doors with the CM products.
Classrooms can be programmed to unlock and relock at certain hours and some
locks are default set to lock at 5:00 pm, requiring card access after
All individual locking devices, regardless of credential, are programmed
with the same Locknetics LockLink access control management software using a
hand-held programming device. An interface cable attaches the hand-held
programming device to the electronic locking device and, with minimal
training, University Police Access Control personnel re-program the
individual locking system.
The CM locks provide Keienburg and his staff with increased flexibility.
For instance, university regulations prohibit mechanical keys be given to
anyone but current employees. This leaves no accommodations for students,
adjunct professors or contractors. With the Schlage CM locking systems,
University Police Access Control can set up a temporary card for people who
will only be on campus for a limited amount of time. According to
Keienburg, this saves a great amount of money versus mechanical rekeying.
In addition, cards cost the university much less than keys.
“Saving money had much to do with our original choice of the CM locks,”
states Keienburg. “First of all, since the CM locks are standalones, we
don’t have to run electrical conduit to them. This results in a cost of
$500 to $600 per door versus $3000 to $4000 per door when hardwired.
Secondly, we very much appreciate that we can power the standalone CM
locking systems with four AAA batteries, which cost us only $1.08 in bulk as
opposed to the $50 to $60 we would need to spend with other locking system
requiring lithium batteries.”
Keienburg recently ordered another 60 Schlage CM locks with “Locknetics on
Board” for new buildings. With the continuing construction on campus, he
expects to have about 200 of these systems installed by mid-2003.
Since 1969, Locknetics has provided premium electronic access control
solutions, including electromagnetic locks, monitoring consoles,
electromechanical locks and strikes, electrical and electronic exit devices,
power supplies and controllers to security professionals and their
customers. The company serves an international clientele from its
headquarters in Forestville, Conn. Phone is 860-584-9158. Locknetics is
the electronic locking systems component of IR’s Security & Safety’s
Electronic Access Control Division. The IR website is www.irco.com.
For a downloadable, high resolution photograph from the University of Texas
- San Antonio, go to www.brighamscully.com and click Photographs/Locknetics.
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U of T-San Antonio