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Keeping Sights on Security: 3 Ways Smart Lockers Keep Firearms Secured

Jun 30, 2021

Product Feature brought to you by Traka.

When managing and maintaining firearms as public safety, law enforcement or security director, accountability is a top priority. On a day-to-day basis, a business should be able to answer questions such as: “Who was the last person to check out this firearm? When and where was it used, and for how long? Is this firearm still in optimum condition? Am I successfully controlling firearm access to ensure safety?”

If you aren’t able to answer these questions, the time is now. Auditing daily operations and implementing a streamlined accountability plan keeps you ahead of the game with less weight on your shoulders.

Traka understands that firearm accountability and safety is serious business. That’s why our solution is RFID smart lockers, intelligent systems that make firearm access and control easy and automated. Here are three ways Traka locker solutions can help ensure a safer environment.

1.       Control User Access

The first concern about having firearms is that they could fall into the wrong hands. However, controlling user access is more than just securing firearms in a locker. In law enforcement, you need to make sure the right people can get access to firearms quickly and efficiently without compromising security in the process.

Instead of relying on manual methods of regulating firearm use, Traka’s intelligent locker systems can be configured and administered by TrakaWEB software. These systems can determine user access based on the individual profiles of each user, making it easy to set permissions and curfews for full control over your operations.

In other words, only authorized users will have access to ammunition and firearms such as pistols, rifles and SBR’s, which are stored in individual locked compartments. You can also require certain keys or forms of authorisation such as badges and customize access rules, such as requiring a second form of authorisation.

2.     Improve User Accountability

User accountability is a critical concern when it comes to monitoring firearms. Even if the right people have access to your firearms, you want to make sure they are using those firearms responsibly and storing them correctly and promptly.

Traka’s RFID technology allows identification tagging so you know, 24/7, what firearms have been checked out and who is handling them. No need to distribute keys or rely on users to sign out arms to track who has which asset; our systems fully automate the process.

All user activity is reported in data-integrated systems, allowing managers to monitor and keep track of user responsibility and confirm if arms have been returned or not. Users can be identified through a uniquely generated PIN, access badge or biometrics, which provides the highest level of security. This not only creates full transparency over operations but also creates an environment of total user accountability and responsible firearms usage.

3.      Enhanced Integration

Traka integrated lockers are ideal solutions for firearms management since they can communicate with access control or HR systems to automatically manage users, access permissions, schedules and more. By integrating TrakaWEB software into existing systems, Traka can effectively extend the reach of your existing security systems to the most valuable, sensitive or dangerous assets at your facility. For instance, you can restrict users from leaving an area until they return a firearm into the original compartment, or automatically revoke access based on a role change, department reassignment or termination of employment from a third-party system.

Traka Touch and TrakaWEB have an easy learning curve and are available to users in over 20 languages. From a single PC, you have the administrative power to manage systems across a single department, an entire region, or your enterprise operation around the globe. Traka offers reliable integrations with popular technologies such as Lenel, Honeywell EBI, Gallagher CommandCentre, Genetec, S2 Security, Open Options, AMAG Technology, Software House and HID Safe.

Did you know that a user can let the system know there is an issue with a firearm? With the Fault Logging feature in conjunction with TrakaWEB, the system will lock down a critically faulty firearm until it is repaired and the fault is cleared. A user can then identify the reason for checking out a firearm with the Reason Logging feature, whether it be for regular patrol, training exercises or a special event.

In the event of an emergency or an active shooter situation, Traka has an Emergency Burst all door functionality that can override the door functionality ensuring access to Firearms is not delayed.

Want to see how it works? Discover how Traka integrations helped the Rochester Institute of Technology manage its long gun inventory in the case study video here. The solution is biometric user authentication, fault and reason logging features, and the integration of their Lenel access control system for streamlined administration.

More information on the Traka high-security solutions can be found here.

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