A condominium association in South Florida has installed biometric locks on their clubhouse in an effort to better control access to the space and improve security, according to a Sun Sentinel article.
While the condo maintains the need for fingerprint-based locks to increase safety and access control over the common spaces, a few of the residents have expressed worries about identity theft resulting from the biometric technology with one going as far as refusing to take part in the program and, subsequently, banning herself from the common areas unless she enrolls.
One of the reasons such upgrades may be happening now in Florida is due to a change in laws that allows condo associations to bar residents behind on maintenance fees from using common spaces.
The upgrade to electronic locks such as the biometric ones or ones using key fobs means keys don’t have to be taken away from residents, but rather access can simply be turned off. Many expect these upgrades to biometric access control devices to be likely to spread to other community staples such as doctor’s offices for authentication of patients, stores for payments and childcare centers for ensuring only approved caretakers have access to the centers.
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