The Age of Keyfobs
Our co-op has just transitioned to the use of digital keyfobs for entry
to our buildings. Although this brings about many benefits, there are
some areas in which our implementation and policies regarding this technology
has not been adequately considered.
- Privacy —
Knowing how people circulate through our property can inform all sorts
of maintenance, management, construction, and security decisions. However,
maintaining logs of the comings and goings of individuals in our community
is unnecessary, lacks due process, and erodes the privacy expect to
have in our homes. Furthermore, in the wrong hands, such logs could
unreasonably aid people seeking to investigate, harass or commit crimes
- Provision of Spare Key Fobs
— A Shareholder calls for apartments to be issued spare
key fobs as a matter of policy, proclaiming that having "a spare
key fob is not an extravagance" and pointing out that the current
policy of charging all 1700 Shareholders $25 for additional keyfobs
would result in a total of $42,500, of unfairly generated revenue.
- Security & Ergonomic
Flaws — Motion detectors to unlock doors pose a security
risk, and keyfob swipe locations are badly placed.