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ERIC Number: EJ836246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
Access Denied
Villano, Matt
Campus Technology, v22 n3 p22-24, 26, 28 Nov 2008
Building access control (BAC)--a catchall phrase to describe the systems that control access to facilities across campus--has traditionally been handled with remarkably low-tech solutions: (1) manual locks; (2) electronic locks; and (3) ID cards with magnetic strips. Recent improvements have included smart cards and keyless solutions that make use of shortwave radio frequencies (RF) to unlock doors when specially programmed key fobs are within 3 to 5 feet of a reader. Sure, some schools are investigating newer systems that incorporate cutting-edge technologies such as biometrics and video recognition software. But for the most part, while just about every other aspect of security technology seems to be advancing at breakneck speed, the technologies behind BAC have progressed at what is comparatively a snail's pace. In this article, the author takes a look at how BAC technology evolved since the radical 1970s.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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