As city of Ottawa employees and board members come and go, there could be a lot of keys left out there somewhere for someone to find and get into buildings. Mayor Dan Aussem says an electronic fob system will make keeping them out as easy as blocking an access card from triggering the lock. A former employee or someone else who finds such a card just won’t get in. The city won’t have to change locks and reissue keys periodically.
The police and fire station has a fob system now; other city buildings will get one soon. The City Council last week approved a $12,670 contract with COPS Inc. of Sycamore to install it.
The system could also be used to determine when an employee shows up for and leaves work. Depending on which locks are programmed for which cards, different employees can get access to different parts of a building, each employee having just one card instead of a set of keys.