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Cloud Access Control: Modern Security Solution for a Retirement Facility

Posted on September 4, 2023

Enhance security at your retirement facility with cloud-based access control. Discover the benefits, features, and steps to implement this modern security solution, ensuring the safety of your residents. Call us today!

As the senior population in the United States continues to grow, retirement facilities face the challenge of ensuring the safety and security of their residents. One such facility, the Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, North Carolina, recognized the importance of modernizing its security infrastructure to provide residents with peace of mind and enhance their quality of life.

In this case study, we will talk about how Glenaire embraced retirement facility cloud access control as a cutting-edge security solution. See the value of seamless integration, secure access, and the expertise of Action 1st Loss Prevention in implementing this innovative technology.

The Need for Advanced Security

Glenaire Retirement Community, nestled on nearly 40 acres near the Research Triangle Park area, boasts a range of living options, from independent living cottages to skilled nursing units. The demand for secure and welcoming retirement communities like Glenaire is on the rise, with an estimated 46 million Americans aged 65 and above seeking comfortable and secure environments for their golden years.

To address this growing demand and bolster its commitment to residents' security, Glenaire embarked on a significant expansion project. This involved adding 190 more apartments and 40 assisted living units to accommodate the increasing number of retirees choosing Glenaire as their home.

As part of this expansion, Glenaire recognized the need to upgrade its security infrastructure to meet modern standards.

Why Cloud-Based Access Control?

Security plays a pivotal role in ensuring the well-being of retirement community residents. To enhance both the perception and the reality of security, Glenaire made the strategic decision to implement a keyless card access system. This system not only needed to be secure but also user-friendly and adaptable to the evolving needs of its diverse community.

After careful consideration, Glenaire partnered with Modern Systems, a provider of electronic security and life safety solutions headquartered in Yadkinville, North Carolina. Modern Systems proposed a dual solution, incorporating access cloud control software by ProdataKey (PDK) and Aperio wireless locks by Assa Abloy, both proudly manufactured in the United States.

Modernize Security with ProdataKey

Glenaire was particularly impressed by the innovative approach of the ProdataKey (PDK) solution. It offered modern, up-to-date access control software capable of meeting the community's present needs while ensuring future-proof security. The system not only addressed security but also streamlined access management for both residents and staff.

The PDK solution brought essential capabilities to the table. PDK features remote door locking and unlocking, time-based access restrictions for maintenance workers, continuous door usage monitoring, and integration options with other security solutions—a crucial consideration for the retirement community's long-term security strategy.

Seamless Integration and User-Friendly Operation

One of the critical success factors for Glenaire was the seamless integration of the PDK solution with Aperio wireless locks. This integration allowed for consistent and user-friendly operation across the entire facility.

Residents and staff could continue to use the access cards they were familiar with, streamlining the transition to the new system. It also simplified training for new users and ensured residents' convenience. In the event of a resident being locked out of their apartment, staff could remotely unlock the door, providing swift assistance and maintaining the residents' peace of mind.

Role-Based Access Control and Customized Groups

To efficiently manage access rights for its diverse community, Glenaire took advantage of role-based access control within the PDK software. This approach involved creating specific access groups, each with predefined door permissions and schedules based on roles and needs.

For example, residents living in independent living apartments had different access requirements than those in assisted living. Glenaire also created distinct staff access groups for facility service workers, nursing professionals, dining staff, and guests of residents. This well-organized system simplified setup and management, ensuring the right individuals had access to the right places at the right times.

Benefits of Cloud Access Control

The decision to implement cloud-based access control software brought several benefits to Glenaire Retirement Community:

  • Enhanced Security - The cloud-based system provided multi-layered security, reducing the risk of unauthorized access and safeguarding residents and their belongings.
  • User-Friendly Operation - The system was designed with residents and staff in mind, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience for everyone.
  • Integration Capabilities - Glenaire now has the flexibility to integrate the access control system with other security solutions and future-proof its security infrastructure.
  • Remote Management - Cloud-based access control allowed for remote monitoring and management, enabling staff to respond promptly to security and access-related concerns.
  • Customization - Role-based access control and custom groups allowed for tailored access permissions, enhancing security and convenience.

When implementing cloud access control in a retirement facility, it's crucial to conduct a thorough risk assessment, involve residents and staff in the planning process, and ensure that the chosen system complies with any relevant regulations and standards. Additionally, staff training is essential to maximize the benefits of the system while ensuring the security and privacy of the residents.

Action 1st Loss Prevention: Your Access Control Partner

Implementing a cloud-based access control system requires expertise and experience. Action 1st Loss Prevention, with its track record of successful access control system installation, can be your trusted partner in enhancing security at your retirement facility.

Our team understands the unique requirements of retirement communities and can tailor access control solutions to meet your specific needs. We offer comprehensive access control services, ensuring a seamless transition to modern security solutions.

With Action 1st Loss Prevention, you can count on:

  • Expert installation of key card entry systems
  • Integration with your existing security infrastructure
  • Role-based access control for efficient management
  • Secure access and peace of mind for your residents

Action 1st Loss Prevention: Your Partner in Retirement Facility Security

Ready to take your retirement facility's access control to the next level? Embrace the future of access control with Action 1st Loss Prevention's cutting-edge solutions. Our cloud-based access control systems offer seamless integration, role-based access control, and comprehensive security, ensuring the safety and comfort of your residents.

Contact us today to discuss your unique requirements and discover how our expertise can create a safer and more secure environment for your retirement community. Trust in Action 1st Loss Prevention, just as Glenaire Retirement Community did, to keep your residents safe and satisfied for years to come.

Secure your retirement facility's future with our advanced access control system installation. Contact us now at 949-828-3008 to get started on a path to enhanced security and peace of mind. Your residents deserve the best.

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