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Friday, July 6, 2012

Locked Out

There was a malfunction of the new technologically superior electronic surveillance/security key device. The power died and the door was not functional. No tenant could gain access to the building and their homes. The former key hole was plugged with a piece of metal, so using the old key was not an option. Someone decided that the solution was to tape the latch of the door. That way one could gain access to the building. This also left the building exposed to the criminal element. The tape job was sloppy and easily observed by any passerby on the street. 120 had a robbery during the day about a year ago with this electronic door nonsense.

One of the readers of our blog emailed some info on the keys. They are made by a Swedish company called ASSA ABLOY. The emailer said that the keys use 'Proximity technology"which was developed by the military industrial complex. They have codes in them that track the activity of the user. The reader said that they can detect the presence of the key from 100 yds away, and suggested this may be the reason they refused to give out 2 keys. The law says they must provide us with 2 keys. If one leaves home for work, one takes a single key. The second key is left behind in the apartment. This may cause confusion in their data gathering. I'm not sure if this is true, but it makes for some interesting thought. A few tenants have suggested we switch keys regularly to mess up their data.


  1. I suspect tenants got only 1 fob because of the cheapness of the management. Page 2 of the document above describes the "Typical Maximum Read Range" as only 1.5 inches to 12 inches maximum. I don't think there is a technical reason not to distribute 2 fobs per tenant. I know of other buildings elsewhere that have done so.

    Management should fork over the second fob. Better yet, Management should GET RID OF THE FAILURE-PRONE ELECTRONIC DEVICE and leave just a lock installed.


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