|Capital Region Medical Center
|Capital Region Medical Center|
The Memorial Community Hospital and the Still Regional Medical Center merged in 1994 to become the Capital Region Medical Center. The two medical facilities comprise the largest hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri and surrounding area. As a member of the University of Missouri Health Science Center, the Capital Region Medical Center maintains a 100 licensed bed hospital with a 20-bed Skilled Nursing Unit and a 14-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. In addition to a full service medical center, Capital Region maintains an extensive clinic system. It is a premier integrated healthcare facility dedicated to providing high quality, cost effective healthcare for the surrounding community.
The Center officials decided to upgrade the security system in three, high security buildings located in Jefferson City. The buildings had an installed access control system consisting of keypads and cipher locks. It was found that key codes and PIN numbers could not be controlled to ensure security. What was needed was:
- A system that required specific identification of users gaining access to high security areas
- The security of all three facilities had to be controlled from one central computer
- Activity records had to be maintainable
- The system had to accommodate an existing bar code data record system
The Keri Solution
To meet the variety of security requirements, the Keri access control system using PXL-250P and PXL-250W Tiger Controllers was installed in each of the three high security buildings. MS-3000 mullion mount proximity card readers were installed to control access into high security areas. This reader was designed to operate in the most hazardous areas. It is very thin and fits neatly on a standard door mullion. It will typically read a proximity card passed within a few inches of the reader surface. There are no slots to clean or be clogged and no requirement for periodic maintenance or calibration. The MS-3000 is connected to the PXL-250P Tiger Controller.
Bar code readers are installed on the main employee entrances for time and attendance purposes. The bar code tag is printed to accommodate enrollment into the hospital’s personnel files as well as provide access to low level security areas. The reader is connected to the PXL-250W Tiger Controller.
The proximity card used is the Multi-Technology, MT-10XP card. The MT-10X card is an ISO standard card with the size and thickness of a standard credit card, which can have a bar code label attached. The card is read by the proximity reader as well as the bar code reader. In addition, the card is imprinted with employee photo and ID information.
The three buildings are connected via a local are network (LAN). Each building’s access system is connected to the LAN. Administration of the system such as enrolling and deleting users, changing time schedules, collecting activity data, creating use reports, etc., is accomplished at the central office computer.
The system is driven by Keri’s Doors software. Through use of descriptive icons and comprehensive help screens, programming is ‘user friendly’. Authorized system administrators can create and program time schedules to apply to doors and users. Levels of access privileges can be assigned to individuals on a need basis. Automatic unlocking and locking of doors to a specific time schedule that considers holidays and employee vacations can be implemented without weakening the system security.
All access activity is recorded and stored. If a security problem occurs, the data can be collected and arranged into a custom report. Activity data includes employee identification, time of the event, door, building, whether or not access was granted or denied and all alarm functions, i.e., doors forced or doors propped open.
The Doors software also integrates a badging system for creating employee ID badges, driving a dye-sublimation printer for photo printing. The printing is directly to the MT-10XP card making the card a proximity key as well as an employee badge.
Once programmed, the data is distributed to each door for automatic operation of the system. Each door controller is a mini-computer that is self-reliant. If the PC fails, the system continues to run as though nothing has happened. If a door controller fails, the balance of system operation is not affected. Should a problem occur, corrective action is quickly determined, minimizing operational costs.
Hospital officials are satisfied with the system performance and plan future expansion. They are considering upgrades to include integrated CCTV and multi-level alarm management and monitoring from a central security station.