If you are looking for a student perspective on dorm security that is pro card access, a student writer for Valdosta State University’s independent student paper, The Spectator, provides a great view. He describes the benefits of card-based access control over physical keys as well as any campus security director or security vendor I’ve heard.
“In order to enter, one must simply slide their Onecard and punch in the number code required by the machine,” explains writer Ridge Hudson. “I believe it would greatly benefit the students if every dorm on campus had a card access lock instead of an ancient keyhole.”
He details the economic advantage for students noting that a replacement for a lost physical key costs $50 while a lost card costs only $15. And the fact that the card can be cancelled and the dorm room protected does not go unnoticed.
Adds Hudson: “For those of who are still not convinced that a card access lock is better, let’s say that someone does obtain your card. Even if they manage to swipe it in an attempt to enter your room, they will still be required to type in the number code. Without both of these requirements, getting into another student’s room is out of the question.”
His article is a great example that our students understand our card program technology and benefits … sometimes perhaps more readily even than our colleagues.