KY State Parks Equipping All Accommodations with Electronic Locks
Project will result in better security; more efficiency
The Kentucky Department of Parks is installing electronic locks in every lodge room and cottage in the parks system.
The first electronic locks were installed at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg in late March. The next installation will take place at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park in Buckhorn, Ky.
About 1,400 locks will be replaced. If the work goes according to schedule, all new locks will be in place by mid-May.
The electronic locks are safer and more efficient than traditional keyed locks. Each guest is issued a unique key code at check-in and all previously issued keys are disabled at checkout. When a card key is misplaced or lost, the lock can simply be recoded. In the past, the entire lock core had to be changed, which was costly and labor intensive. Because of the coding system, unauthorized entry to a room can also be tracked.
“This technology is long overdue,” said Parks Deputy Commissioner John Kington. “It’s just another step -- along with adding amenities such as shampoo and hair dryers -- in bringing our accommodations up to par with what the typical business or recreational traveler would expect.”
The locks and installation are being provided by SAFLOK, a global leader in developing and manufacturing electronic locking systems for the hospitality, multifamily, commercial and government markets.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov.
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