addition, the condition of Yokota's doors showed the need for immediate
attention. Emergency doors revealed broken hinges, bent strike plates, and
damaged exit devices. Doors were being propped open by residents with rocks,
coat hangers, ropes, and anything that provided easy access to the buildings.
discovered CorKey. It was a completely mechanical system without wires,
batteries, or computers to log on or reprogram. Instead of the normal
metal key, this system used a flat stainless steel card, magnetically
coded and weather resistant. This meant no more bulky key storage boxes,
the orphan keys could be eliminated, and everyone could enjoy an uninterrupted
lock is unconventional. Unlike other card-operated locks, it is not electronic.
It does not require electricity, wiring, batteries, or a central computer
system. In Yokota's opinion, it is the most dependable and efficient system
to install, maintain, and recode.
In the short
time Yokota's system has been in place, numerous benefits have been realized.
First and foremost, exit doors have been secured. Also, Yokota saw a dramatic
reduction in unnecessary calls and the lockout response process became
more customer-service oriented. Calls are now centrally received by the
civil engineer customer service desk after duty hours, and are responded
to by a private locksmith. Unnecessary calls were reduced by 95 percent
due to a $38 service charge for any after-duty-hours lockout calls. Fire
department engineers welcome the exterior lock boxes that are readily
accessible to them during fire drills and real-life emergencies.
To date, the base expects at least a 60 percent reduction in key and
door system maintenance including card replacements each year. The CorKey
system not only enhanced the security of Yokota's residents but also gave
the base the right tool to protect government assets. The card itself
has no visible room identification number.
the old door knob using a regular key.
new "keyless" system is in place. A metal card has replaced
the traditional key.