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Aug 21 2015

FF: Access Control Override

This Fixed-it Friday photo illustrates the common problem of an access control system that has been modified for convenience.  No matter how much time and money are invested in planning and installing a system, human intervention is always a factor.

Access Control Override

Thanks to Joshua Basgall of Allegion for the photo!

12 Responses to “FF: Access Control Override”

  1. Dwight says:

    OMG! They all say “the safety of our students is our top priority”. REALLY. From the sign it looks like its near the cafeteria where at the same time of day, every school day, there are maybe hundreds of potential victims.

  2. lach says:

    And isn’t that a push button lock? Not like you need to remember your key if you walk outside for anything. If you’re supposed to be there they should have the code. No excuse other than being lazy. Ridiculous. Those locks you can even change the re-lock delay time to whatever you want.

  3. Krystina says:

    I’m going to guess a dead battery and no one thought to replace it. Either that, or they are way lazy and didn’t want to give/create cards/codes for vendors, so they “unlock” the door while the vendors go in and out. Crazy and sad.

  4. Jim Elder says:

    Thats why i like LPS and MBS options and a local sounder.

  5. Marcus Muirhead says:

    There is nothing so stupid that some idiot won’t do it. Or as my grandmother like to say, “Nothing is foolproof in the hands of a fool.”

  6. Rich says:

    Start by firing the maint man. Who else would have the padlock eye and the drill to install it? The problem with this type of bypass is the ability to use it outside of the allowed time frame. Take off the bypass and give a final warning about losing your job by doing this again. Give the staff new codes and watch the door for violators (former employees) – – I heard the saying as “Nothing is foolproof, because fools are so ingenious.”

  7. Terry Vaughn says:

    I’m not going to speculate the reasoning on this, but I always have said the easy way isn’t always the right way. I would be fired if I did something like this, Oh heck I’d fire myself if I even thought of something like this.

  8. Dave says:

    Not to mention that is a potential fire rated opening making it a fire hazard.
    Not sure what model of AD/CO lock that is but if there is a RX switch in the lock it could be tied into a alarm to notify if the lever is left in that state, most of the time when I see this is when the door is not setup for ease of use ie no way to remote release the door only a buzzer or door bell to notify that someone is at the door and usually to do with cost.

  9. Nabil Hanna says:

    What do you think about using mechanical override?
    When it is a must to use mechanical override?
    Is there is a special requirement by code?

    • Lori says:

      Hi Nabil –

      I like having key override, just not an override that is available to anyone and everyone. I don’t know of a code requirement for mechanical override.

      – Lori

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