99 Problems but the Gate Ain’t One

Devin Meister

July 28, 2022

The labor shortage has created countless problems for parks and recreation departments everywhere, but entry and access control doesn’t have to be one of them.

Smart, Reliable Access Control

Everyone strives to get the most value for their time and labor costs. Having a resource sitting at a gate, door or turnstile is not a productive use of time for anyone. While you can’t skimp on security, that doesn’t mean access has to be controlled by a person. A variety of technology, from simple ID cards to key Fobs to even more advanced biometric scans, can deliver entry options for a variety of situations. Following are just a couple of access control options that fit a variety of needs for parks and recreation departments.

Scannable ID Cards

This is the most common method for unmanned access control. In many cases, it can use existing or already issued membership photo ID cards or key fobs, simplifying the rollout and implementation. The system uses integrated technology, such as a Qscan ID card reader, to scan and validate that the card/fob holder is allowed access at that point. Once swiped and validated, the system can open or unlock the door, gate, or turnstile, whatever the organization has in place. While any number of access points can be controlled, the system does require power and a network connection at the access point.

Biometric Scans

Once reserved for the most secure of government applications, biometric scans are now more accessible and one of the most convenient methods for member access. There’s no need for members to worry about losing or forgetting their card or key fob because they always have exactly what they need – themselves! The system uses fingerprint or finger vein scanning to match those stored biometric inputs against matching stored IDs and member data. When the member comes to the access point, they scan their finger and the input is checked against the stored IDs. With a proper match, they are given access to the location. It prevents fraudulent access because each ID is unique to that individual, prohibiting the ability to share ID cards or PINs – exactly why government entities originally implemented the solution.

Proximity Smart Card

Another newer method of providing access is through “proximity” smart cards. The smart card technology provides virtually contactless entry as the smart cards are waived or tapped in the area of the reader. If the cardholder matches the criteria for that point, access is granted. It also limits information specific to that organization and that person that is necessary, addressing one of the concerns of biometric identification. It does require both specific proximity cards and card readers.

Staff Savings, Better User Experience, Without Compromising Security

There are many challenges and problems facing parks and recreation departments. Don’t let access control be one of them. All of the above can be combined with access control where there is no one present, or a single staff member can monitor and control multiple entry points from one screen.

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