Magazine article Security Management

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Magazine article Security Management

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Businesses that believe after-hour locks and alarms alone secure their building from intruders may be leaving themselves open to burglary. Would-be thieves are entering offices during working hours and hiding in rest rooms and other inconspicuous areas while waiting for personnel to depart, then taking their pick of computers and warehouse inventory. Link Technologies, Inc., of Fremont, California, a Silicon Valley corporation that manufactures video display terminals, knew it was vulnerable to just this sort of crime. It remedied the potential access control problem with the Readikey system from Radionics of Salinas, California.

The basic Readikey system, which retails for about $8,000, includes electronic keys, key readers, Readikey software, and a door controller. The reader's independent controller can store the last 2,500 events and is connected by hard wire or modem to a central PC where data is entered and updated and reports are generated.

According to Grant Deem, facilities manager for Link Technologies, the site was vulnerable in two areas: First, employees were entering and exiting through five exterior doors left unsecured during working hours. Second, access to the company's stock room was manually controlled, and because Link had not implemented a fully computerized inventory system, it was proving impossible to accurately discern how much stock clandestinely disappeared.

In June 1992, Link Technologies installed the Readikey system. Deem investigated a number of access control options before settling on Radionics' product. "Readikey seemed the most user friendly," says Deem, who found that the system software was easy to operate and that the approximately ninety-three employees needed no training to interact with the system successfully.

The Readikey system is flexible and has the potential to control from two doors to thousands of doors and from one to 10,000 users. At Link Technologies, the five exterior building doors were secured with magnetic locks, forcing any nonemployee to use the main lobby entrance, where visitors sign in and are escorted through the building by an employee.

After the installation, all personnel were issued a plastic electronic key--about the size of a regular key fob--digitally pre-coded with a unique number at manufacture. …

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