Gym Security Improved using Biometrics
December 8, 2016
I don’t know about you, but finding the time to go to the gym is not always the easiest thing. Most of the time it’s got to be crammed into your schedule: perhaps before heading to work in the morning, or squeezing in some time on the way back from a class at university. Whatever the case, it’s not unusual to have to head into the gym with an array of valuables – from watches and phones to laptops and tablets. As such, it’s important that gym security is strong.
Improving gym security
Unfortunately, gym lockers can be a prime target for opportunist thieves. At universities in particular it can be a problem – the thieves know their targets are likely to be tech savvy, security might be weak, and all sorts of smartphones and laptops could be stored away in easy-to-open lockers.
Gym’s need to install strong security lockers that make the lives of thieves harder. Here at BioStore, we’re a fan of biometric lockers. Biometric lockers remove the need for a key or an exposed lock that could be picked or forced. Instead, gym members just need to use their fingerprint to get in and out of their locker.
However, that’s not actually the way in which biometric solutions can best tackle thieves in gyms. After all, it’s very unlikely any gym can afford to make all their lockers as strong as Fort Knox, so if a thief really wants to break into a locker, they will likely find a way.
But the root problem for most thefts is unauthorised access to the gym in the first place. If a gym installs a biometric access system for its members, they can prevent thieves gaining access to members’ locker rooms in the first place. And if it turns out that it’s a member responsible for the thefts, there would be a reliable biometric record of who was on site at the time.
As an example, because the Western University in Ontario, Canada has had over 30 thefts reported this year, reporters at the student newspaper decided to test out how hard it was to gain unauthorised access to the gym.
Embarrassingly, all four reporters got into the gym using membership cards that were not their own. Further proof that, whereas thieves can steal a membership card and cause damage, they can’t steal a fingerprint. If the university had used biometrics, it could be that many of the thefts could have been prevented.
Gym security needs to be taken seriously and the start of that should be investing in strong locker solutions. Perhaps more important than that though, is that gyms invest in systems that ensure that those on site, are only those authorised to be there. Biometrics can go a long way to ensuring that.