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Storage Practices for Law Enforcement

Storage Practices for Law Enforcement

Who’s Accessing Your Evidence Lockers?

Protecting the chain of custody for evidence relies on good evidence storage and efficient processes. Thankfully, efficiency has never been easier with technology that allows evidence lockers to keep track of who accesses the lockers and when.

ControLoc Technology logs individual key codes that show which officer or evidence technician opened which locker, and at what times and dates. This information gets logged into a spreadsheet that can be accessed from the locker of your building’s server. Learn More.

If you’re designing a new evidence storage system or overhauling your current one, our Storage Experts are happy to help! We’re the experts in creating custom public safety storage solutions that will fit your design and budget – contact us to get started today!

 

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The Best Package Delivery Locker on the Market

The Best Package Delivery Locker on the Market

With so many options on the market today for package delivery lockers, it can be hard to choose the best option for you. That’s why we’ve partnered with Luxer One – the creator and leader of the parcel delivery market. 

Luxer One was founded in 2005 with the invention of the original dry cleaning locker concept. Since then, they’ve evolved to introduce smart package lockers, automated package rooms and world-class software security.

With over 15 years in the locker business, Luxer One has managed millions of package deliveries across industries. Their mission? To relentlessly improve how the world receives goods. 

 

Luxer One prides themselves on being the best package delivery locker provider on the market. Check out the chart below to see how they compare to the competition.

 

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How to Choose a Bike Locker

How to Choose a Bike Locker

Bicycle lockers provide Class 1 long term security for bike parking. They protect the entire bicycle and accessories against theft and weather, provide dedicated individual access, and encourage cycling as transportation.

Selecting the right bike locker for your project can be difficult. With so many options to choose from, it can become overwhelming very quickly. This guide will help you make the best decision when buying bicycle lockers for your site. Here are six things to keep in mind when selecting a bicycle locker:

 

1. Security

  • Material. The type of material the bicycle locker is made of has a big impact on the strength and security of the locker. Fibreglass composite and metal bike lockers are the most durable, while plastic lockers are a weaker option.
  • Visibility. Fibreglass composite bike lockers feature weatherproof polycarbonate panels that provide visibility into the lockers for added security at airports and transportation centres.
  • Lock Options. There are many lock options to choose from with different levels of security. Coin operated and user hasp locks are lower security and require more management. Built in T-Handle locks are vault type locks recommended for highest security. For a more high tech option, the lockers can be equipped with electronic access for locker rental and dedicated use. Choose from key fob, RFID card, or numeric keypad.

 

2. Space Planning

  • Access. To make the best use of available space, choose bike lockers with a door on each end, creating independent access for two bikes.
  • Modular. Modular bike lockers can be connected together to create efficient bike parking that fits your space.
  • Maximize Space. To maximize your space, double tier bike lockers can be stacked on top of each other to double the number of bicycles parked per square foot.
  • Accommodate Different Sizes. Ensure the bike locker door is wide enough to fit bikes with wider handlebars, and the interior dimensions can accommodate electric bikes or larger.

 

3. Comparing Materials

  • Fibreglass Composite. Fibreglass Composite bike lockers are made of a sheet of molding compound (SMC) that’s formed in a closed-molded compression process. This creates uniform parts forged with heat and pressure for increased impact strength and puncture resistance. SMC offers the strength of steel, is UV, graffiti, and fire resistant, and is 30% lighter than metal lockers for more economical shipping, and easier assembly and relocation. SMC is corrosion-free, stands up to harsh environments, and will not conduct heat, cold, or electricity like metal lockers. They are extremely durable, made of recycled content, and will never need to be painted. The extended life of SMC gives the highest return on investment possible.
  • Ordinary FibreglassOrdinary Fibreglass is formed in an open-molded process with reinforced fibres sprayed into a single-side mold. This makes the material weaker than SMC and over time dirt will stick to them, they can grow fungus and algae on the surfaces, and can become chalky.
  • Metal. Metal bike lockers offer high security because of the strength of steel, but are also very heavy and expensive to ship and relocate. On hot days, the interior can get very hot, which can harm bicycle components and accessories. Powder coated steel will eventually dent, scratch, chip, and rust, and will require more maintenance over the long run.
  • Plastic. Plastic bike lockers are made of one resin (polyethylene) and are not recommended because of their poor structural quality and appearance. They are cheaper and more lightweight, but are also highly flammable, easily cut or etched into, and typically equipped with low quality locking systems.

 

4. Installation and Maintenance

  • Assembly and Relocation. When making your decision to purchase a bicycle locker, make sure it’s easy to assemble and relocate for future growth. Consider a design that can be mounted to a concrete pad, or on rails.
  • Quality Materials. Look for materials and coatings that offer graffiti or UV resistance, and won’t require painting in the future.
  • Individual Components. Choose a modular bike locker with individual components that can be repaired or replaced without having to pay for an entire new locker system if severe damage occurs.
  • Shipping Costs. Remember that bike lockers that come ready to assemble are less expensive to ship than fully assembled lockers.

 

5. Aesthetics

  • Edges and Gaps. Keep an eye out for sharp edges or corners on metal lockers and any gaps that might collect water or debris.
  • Design. Look for modular, interlocking designs for best alignment.
  • Durability. Choose a locker with radial edges and a contemporary design that will look great for years to come.

 

6. Options

  • There are many different options and accessories for your bicycle lockers. Check out the list below:
    • Door or side panel windows for visibility and added security
    • Side display panels for advertising and revenue generation
    • Storage bins for cyclist gear
    • Coat hooks for clothing and gear
    • Numbered ID plates for easy locker identification
    • Conventional electrical outlet charging station for electric bicycles or accessories
    • A door check that keeps the door open while accessing the locker
    • A public bike repair stand or public bike pump
    • Bike locker support tools such as key management systems or electronic access systems for booking, payment, and remote access

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5 Ways Technology is Transforming Locker Rooms

5 Ways Technology is Transforming Locker Rooms

New Digital Tools are Changing The Way We Use Locker Rooms

When you think about the locker room, high-tech may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but with these new trends, the locker room as we know it is changing. These changes are subtle, seamlessly integrated, and silently improving the member experience. Check out these 5 technologies transforming our locker rooms.

1. Digital Printing Technology

Graphics are now being used to create a mood, engage members, and promote branding within the locker room. Easily printed on walls, plastic, glass, tile, locker laminates, and acoustical materials, the sky’s the limit.

Not only are graphics being found on locker room walls, digital printing is now being used in flooring. Print technologies allow clubs to extend flooring motifs used in other areas of the facility to the locker room. Locker rooms are no longer stuck with plain, functional flooring – they can be exciting too!

2. Smart Lighting

The locker room poses a special challenge because there is generally fewer windows in this space to create natural light. This makes smart lighting very important. Technology is now able to maximize the light that’s available, increase energy efficiency, and create an inviting environment.

LED lights are able to detect when the exterior light level rises and in response, reduce the output from light fixtures saving energy. You can even “tune” the colour of the bulbs, from warm white, to neutral, to cool depending on the feeling you want to create.

Smart lights are now scalable, wireless, dimmable, and sensor-based that allow you to control a single room, or the entire building! Keep lights off in rooms where there is no activity and have them turn on as soon as motion is detected. 

3. High Tech Fixtures

Improve water efficiency and patron experience with digitally controlled sinks, showers, and toilets. These amenities allow owners to track water consumption from an app as well as create a personalized experience for clients.

Currently found in upscale clubs, these fixtures are becoming mainstream must haves. In the near future, a member can simply input their number in a keypad to have a personal setting automatically adjust the lighting, water temperature, and water pressure to their personal preference.

4. Rethinking Security

Security is one of the most important aspects of a locker room. Clients want the peace of mind knowing that the belongings they store in their lockers are safe and secure. Lock manufacturers have stepped up to the challenge and have come out with a wide variety of options that take security to the next level.

Choose from electronic keypad, RFID reader, mechanical combination lock, coin-operated, hasp lock, or keypad lock to suit your needs. Members can even open and close their lockers with a smartphone via low-power BLE (Bluetooth) or near-field communication. These locks are secure, user-friendly, and easy for staff to manage.

New locker management software allows operators to easily determine how lockers are used. Thanks to multiple lock modes, lockers can be made freely available to all users with a valid credential, can be designated as a personal locker, can be rented, and more.

5. A New Class of Lockers

New technology is taking lockers to the next level with beautiful designs and functionality including power, built in lighting, and even ventilation systems that will quickly dry clothes and uniforms!

On the exterior of the lockers you can choose from laminate, glass, plastic, and metal lockers with a variety of finishes and graphic options.

On the inside of the lockers, built in USB and outlets let clients charge their devices, while integrated lighting, shelving, drawers, and custom compartments are just a few of the many options available.

If you’re designing a new locker room or overhauling your current one, our Storage Experts are happy to help! We’re the experts in creating custom locker solutions that will fit your design and budget – contact us to get started today!

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