electronic access control

Access Control Tech Update: Identifying Exposure Through Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing is the process of identifying people who may have come into contact with an infected person, and collection of information about these contacts.

Hands-Free Door Hardware and MORE to Protect Your People, Property and Possessions

By Gina Stuelke, CEO of Kenton Brothers

Did you know that 80% of germs are spread with your hands? Kenton Brothers Systems for Security offers several types of door hardware that can aid in the prevention of spreading germs and infectious diseases.

Arm and Foot Pulls

Arm and foot pulls are quick, easy and cost-effective solutions to open a door without touching a handle or lever with your hands. This type of hardware is attached to the door and can be used by pulling with your foot, arm or elbow. We offer a variety of options including stainless steel base material, copper anti-microbial material, anti-microbial coating over stainless steel, and multiple finishes. These types of products are perfect in areas such as restrooms, commercial buildings, restaurants, grocery stores, churches, event spaces and healthcare facilities.

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“Healthy” Hardware Options

The door handle of a public facility can be touched by people several thousand times a day. That’s thousands of opportunities to transfer bacteria and infectious diseases. In hospitals alone, there are over 103,000 Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) reported every year! On openings where pushing or pulling a mechanical door handle or lever is necessary, we offer health conscious bactericidal and/or anti-microbial hardware.

Some of the benefits of this hardware include:

  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria in 2 hours.
  • Not a coating and won’t wear off! Will continue to kill bacteria for the lifetime of the product.
  • Looks like stainless steel to match other hardware products.
  • Wide range of hardware and touch surfaces available.

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“Hands-Free” Access Control Technology – Empower your phone to be your credential

Another option becoming popular is “hands-free” access control technology. We offer products that use cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth technologies to create hands-free credentials. These allow you to walk up to a secured opening with your mobile credential and gain entry without needing to take your smartphone out of your pocket or your bag.

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For more information about these hands-free security options, please give us a call. We would be happy to walk you through these options to find your perfect solution!

Kenton Brothers Retrofits St. Patrick’s Mid-Century Building with Video Surveillance Technology

St. Patrick School InstallationSt. Patrick Parish was founded in 1873, and St. Patrick School opened in 1949, staffed by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. The Sisters lived in the parish convent, which became the current Early Education Center in 2007. A new St. Patrick Parish Center was built in 1992 and hosts parish meetings and receptions, basketball and volleyball games, and P.E. classes for approximately 285 Pre-K through 8th grade students.

The Problem

During the time St. Patrick’s Mid-Century building was constructed, it was not uncommon to use asbestos as insulation and in textured paint or patching compounds for wall and ceiling joints. The U.S. government didn’t begin regulating its use until the 1970s, and today, it remains in buildings, like St. Patrick’s School and numerous others.

Kenton Brothers had to create a solution in which we could install today’s video surveillance technology to help keep parishioners, students, staff, visitors and parish property safe without using the usual installation route through ceiling tiles, walls, etc. Considered safe if left undisturbed, our team had to ensure nothing we touched would result in a hazardous and costly situation.

The Kenton Solution

Working with and around asbestos is a common occurrence for Kenton Brothers since we’ve been securing Kansas City buildings since 1897. Experienced with retrofitting older buildings with the latest security technology, our team ran cabling for the video surveillance through the basement and up walls in conduit. Rather than disturb the ceiling tiles, we used wall camera mounts.

Kenton upgraded St. Patrick’s school firmware so that the new video surveillance system would integrate with the existing access control system for a total security solution.

“Kenton Brothers took care of our video security needs from start to finish. Their design team, communication with us in making sure we were satisfied, their professionalism, workmanship, and competitive price were top notch. We are very pleased with our system and their commitment to service and our satisfaction.” – Tim Conrad, Principal

Access Control Project for St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral

By Neal Bellamy, IT Director at Kenton Brothers.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but some doors framed by dark stained wood with lots of distinctive trim is my jam.

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When asked how to access control a door like this, most people would see the hard-pan ceiling above and a large window in between and start sweating. The lock hardware and sensors are pretty easy, most have color options of either dark brown or black. It’s the bright yellow wire that has to get there, that presents the problem. There’s always the option of wire mold or conduit, but for this gorgeous entry into St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral, it simply wasn’t an option.

We were told that there was space under the wood trim. It looked like a viable option. But, it was going to take some delicate work to remove the trim, route the wire and replace the trim. I don’t know how much trim you’ve tried to remove around your house, but in my house there a 50% chance of breaking it. However, the KB technicians, Terry, Jeremy and Jeff, worked diligently to carefully install that wire. It came out looking great!

St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral Project

Going the extra mile with the wire makes an OK installation, turn into an awesome installation.

Unless you’re from the security or other wire-heavy industry, it’s hard to appreciate… but wiring a panel is an art form. You have to get all the right connections, or the system doesn’t work. If the wire is a little too long, or a little too short, it looks sloppy. The KB team blew it out of the park again at St. George. The access control panel at St. George looks amazing, providing both form and function.

This is an example of how KB goes the extra mile. Did it take some extra time? Yes. Did it take some extra effort? Of course. But the results are amazing. Hats off to Terry, Jeremy, and Jeff for such a good-looking installation!

What are our customers asking us about Access Control?

By David Strickland, Vice President of Kenton Brothers.

Access Control: Cellphone as a CredentialKenton Brothers Systems for security has the opportunity to install a lot of access control every year. We love i,t and we’re good at it.

Recently, on a federal agency access control job, we were told by the Federal Inspector that it was the best install he had ever seen in almost thirty years. A proud moment for sure!

During our project management meetings our customers will always ask the following question… What else can the access control system do?

An Access Control system can do so much:

  • Efficiently and reliably manage multiple access points to control risk
  • Set door and zone entry rules
  • Improve business efficiency
  • Ensure business continuity
  • Increase profitability
  • Monitor access points to know ‘where, when and why’ people are on your site at any time
  • Proactively manage site access by integrating with existing HR systems to share information about clearances, credentials, inductions, required permits, licenses and other competencies for card holders
  • Automatically enforce business health and safety policies and compliance with government regulations
  • Welcome, manage and control access for visitors, ensuring your duty of care and health and safety obligations are met
  • Respond rapidly with a reliable and effective emergency management system, including lockdowns and alerts
  • Control outputs such as lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning after-hours, with a smart system managing facilities based on who is on-site
  • Manage intruder alarms with optional handover to alarms monitoring stations
  • Seamlessly integrate IP video surveillance into the Security Operations Center
  • Monitor and respond to perimeter fencing alerts
  • Reduce Cyber risks and threats
  • Optimize facility use
  • Lower energy bills and carbon footprint
  • Provide audit trails

That’s quite a list.

Kenton Brothers is proud to partner with Gallagher access control, a worldwide partner with it’s North America headquarters right here in Kansas City. We go beyond traditional access control with Gallagher, using a complete site management solution that creates new possibilities and helps you achieve compliance and best practice at all levels of your business.

There’s more… a lot more! Let’s sit down and chat about how Kenton Brothers can partner with you to secure your facility, increase profitability and reduce your risk.