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Issue 3, 2018
Choosing the Right Security Technology & Techniques for your Community Association By Sherri Hall
From the CED:
“If you receive this issue before the Conference & Expo on September 27th and 28th, I strongly encourage you to attend.”
Raymond J. Dickey
Share the community! Come one, come all. We have more events coming up in November that can be found on our website, and we’ve begun working on the schedule for 2019. I’ll get back to you with more details down the road. Best Regards, Raymond J. Dickey, Executive Director, South Carolina Chapter of CAI W ith the timing of this issue and the mailing, readers may re- ceive this before our Annual Conference & Expo in Myrtle Beach, during or after. If you receive this issue before the Conference & Expo on September 27th and 28th, I strongly encourage you to attend. This year’s Conference & Expo is a two-day extravaganza filled with golf, education classes, a networking party, ex- hibitors and even airboat rides. With this year’s carnival theme with games and prizes, and the many education and network- ing opportunities, the event should be a very rewarding expe- rience overall. We’ll be promoting the Conference & Expo on three radio stations and will even feature a call-in radio show on September 26th at 8:30am to address listeners’ HOA ques- tions. You can listen live by going to WRNN.net (99.5 FM) and clicking on the “Listen Live” button. If you’re picking up this issue at the Conference & Expo, please pay attention to everything the show offers this year. There’s a tremendous amount going on. If you attended the expo, I want to thank you for supporting the chapter and educating yourself to be the best professional or volunteer possible.
I n today’s ever-changing world of technology, it can be hard to select a security system for your com- munity. With so many op- tions, how can an associa- tion be sure to find the right fit? Scott Roether, Principal of TEM Systems LLC in Murrells Inlet, SC, shared his knowledge on the subject and offered some suggestions to streamline the process. According to Roether, the first question an association should answer is “What are we trying to accomplish?” That will make it easier to formulate the best plan based on the association’s needs, Roether explained. “You want to get the right building blocks in place,” he said. Of course, one of the most important things to consider is howmuch the association is able to spend and over what period of time. For example, the association may not have the budget to implement the entire project all at once. Therefore, the process may run its course over a number of years, noted Roether. He also said there are pay- ment programs available through some financing com- panies, which can help as-
sociations move forward with their security projects. “Once you know what the final goal is, a plan can be de- veloped that ties everything together and works toward the solution the association wants to achieve,” Roether said. He also explained that pre- planning helps the associa- tion avoid purchasing various items that don’t work together. So, what is available right now for associations to choose from? According to Roether, some of the current technology available to control access to specific areas of the commu- nity include proximity access cards/key fobs, transmitters, barcode labels, transponders and biometrics (fingerprints/ retinal scans). In addition, mo- bile identification is also avail- able, which utilizes a person’s mobile phone to grant entry at gates, access doors, the club- house, etc. License plate rec- “Once you know what the final goal is, a plan can be developed that ties everything together...”
CONTINUES ON PAGE 8. The type of gates a com- munity has is also important, noted Roether. For example, swing gates are slow, allow- ing unpermitted visitors to tailgate residents coming into the community, thereby en- ognition, which utilizes a per- son’s license plate number as the credential to gain access, is another option. Roether explained that using remote guards can also be an effective method of controlled access. In this case, those entering specific areas would pull up to a ki- osk, which connects to a monitoring center, in order to be admitted. Communities can also choose to have one guard physically stationed at a main guardhouse who manages the other gates re- motely. “This helps associa- tions save money by not hav- ing multiple guards working during slower times, such as at night,” he said. Roether suggests guards utilize a resident and visitor management system to keep track of those entering and exiting a community in case an incident ever arises. He believes this is more effective than previous tracking meth- ods such as visitor books.
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