Schools, Colleges and Universities
Schools and colleges need to create an environment where students, staff and teachers feel safe and secure. Controlling access to areas within the school or college campus will help achieve this. However access control should extend further than just restricting entry on the main school door, it should encompass all the vulnerable areas inside and outside the buildings. Protection needs to be given to rooms where valuable school property is sited or where materials, that could prove dangerous if in the wrong hands, are kept. Offices containing personal and confidential information should not be left open and students and teachers should have somewhere safe for their belongings when they are in class. A physical barrier should act as a deterrent and help create a safer environment for all.
Making the most of school budgets
One solution would be to install a sophisticated wired, electronic access control system that integrates all areas of the school or college campus. This could be expensive and require a very complex installation process. This type of system is also relatively inflexible. Installing new wiring will be disruptive and costly if additional areas need access control in the future. With capital equipment budgets in schools and colleges under constant scrutiny, then this option is probably not feasible for many, especially in smaller establishments.
Installing a standalone push button door lock is another alternative. This option offers a quick and cost-effective solution for schools and colleges that need the flexibility of installing door locks one at a time. With digital door locks, number codes can be changed very easily and don’t require any special expertise. Regular code changes can form part of a routine security measure or when it is felt that the codes have been compromised. Push-button locks also negate the need for any cards or keys. Key management can be a major concern and incur cost for colleges due the high numbers that get lost or stolen.
Applications for push-button door and cabinet locks
There are many areas within a school or college campus that can be given access protection. Push-button door locks can be useful in the following areas:
Push-button cabinet locks can easily be fitted in place of existing key cam locks that are supplied as standard on a wide range of lockers and cabinets. Applications for cabinet locks in schools and colleges include:
Tips for choosing the right lock
There are many different types of push-button door locks available. How do you know which lock is best for which application? Before purchasing a lock it is worthwhile examining where and how it will be used and what features it should have. The following questions have been compiled to help make the selection process easier.