When we dropped my daughter off at her dorm this year I found out something interesting: her dorm is now keyless.
What does that mean?
It means that when she enters he building, she uses an app or her apple watch to open the door. It means when she gets to her room, she uses as app or her watch to open the door.
I’m not quite sure how I like any of this.
What if your phone/watch is out of charge? According to my daughter, even if your phone is out of battery, as long as it’s been charged within two days, the phone should still open the door. Sorcery I call it, but apparently that’s how it works. My daughter said there is also a charger in the dorm’s common room, so if there is an issue, you can give your phone a quick charge and get into your room. What you do if you’re stuck out of the building is another thing.
What about the kids that don’t have smart phones? My daughter actually asked someone this question. As of two week ago, eight weeks into the semester, not one person has asked for an entry fob. Which I guess means that Gen Z has gone smart…with phones anyway. Smart phones have become a must have.
My last issue with this is kind of about smart tech, but really a flaw in the overall system. Because all buildings must be accessible, when my daughter opens her building door with her app, the door stays open for I think 70 seconds, to accommodate people who might take longer to get in the door. While this is wonderful, as you can’t shut the door manually, someone could easily follow someone into the dorm, or sneak into the dorm. I know there’s at least five cameras trained at every entrance, and there’s a small army of security, as a Mom I don’t feel so great about this. (there’s a school in DC located not far from the White House- the joke is that if you hit the blue light at that university, at least five different government agencies can/will respond to your summons as well as campus security)
So there you have it. Our world is starting to go keyless. What do you think of this brave new world we are about to enter into? Is this a better thing, is this progress, or is this just unnecessary change for changes sake?