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One reason for the relative strength of the Institutional Locksmiths Association and its rapid growth is that it has the attention of door and hardware manufacturers and suppliers/distributors.

One reason for this is the high volume of security products that we specify, purchase or manage/maintain.

As an example, here is just one example of an actual door and hardware count:

I have gathered data as to the number of doors and locks on campus.

According to my files, there are 8,754 Academic area doors, 1,924 Residence Hall doors, 913 University-owned Fraternity doors, 489 Grad/Married area doors, 218 University-owned Sorority doors, 26 Off Campus property doors, for a total of 12,524 doors on campus that we service the locks for.

For the residence halls, fraternities and sororities, we keep an inventory of 12,220 replacement cores as a reserve to be used as we "scramble" cores at the start of every new academic year, rotating them within the residence hall guidelines as necessary, so that the residence hall doors will not be on the same series within a six year period, nor on the same core within a twelve year period.

We also have 2,142 cores used for the summer conference groups on campus, so that no key issued to a summer group or summer contractor will ever be used during the time that students occupy the residence halls, etc.

We also have lockable hallway doors where permitted by fire code, and these create an additional inventory of 2,144 cores.

Quick math puts the number of cores that we have on hand at 16,506, which does not take into account that we also retire a percentage of the active cores each year to compensate for wear, for an additional usage of 428 cores each year, which will not be included in the total below.

In addition to that we service utility locks, desk and cabinet locks, access panel locks, etc. and I have at this time no way of even estimating how many of those there are. There is not even a representative building to survey to estimate this since it varies so greatly. If I had to take a "guesstimate", I would say there are probably 4-5 for each of the Academic area doors, and probably 4 for every ten Residence Hall doors, Sorority doors, and Grad/Married doors, and probably only about 5 per house for Fraternities. This would be approximately 39,618 additional locks, bringing the total locks involved to about 51,622.

About 60% of the doors ( using representative sampling ) are self-closing which adds 7,514 door closers. Each has three hinges, for a total of 37,572 hinges. Each lock has a strike plate, for a total of 12,524 strike plates. About 18% ( using representative sampling ) have a door stop or wall bumper, for a total of 2,254 of these. About 55% of the Fraternity doors have a wrap-around plate, for a total of approximately 502 of these. Since each lock has a cylinder, there are about 13,060 cylinders in use.

This is a total of approximately 132,486 major components.

In addition to that, we have a card access system which currently covers 117 doors, each equipped with outside trim, exit devices with a switchbar, magnetic locks, door closers, electric hinge, a LAN serial device, a 485 PCI device, two API devices, and controllers, power supplies and card readers as appropriate for the total distribution of the above.

The card used for the card access system is the ID card, of which 13,974 are currently active. That card is also used in the food services area readers, the convenience store readers, the bookstore readers, the parking services readers, the vending machine and laundry readers and several off campus vendor readers. Although we create the ID cards and maintain the ID database as well as the card access database and key databases, we do not actually service the card reader systems for the food area, convenience store, bookstore, parking services, vending and laundry or off-campus readers.

None of the card access equipment or ID card equipment or cards is included in the count above.

We also service and maintain the Master Key Systems for the entire campus, which consists of 107 separate master key systems for the locks, cylinders and cores as listed above.

Master key systems are truly a mechanical device in and of themselves. Like any mechanical device, they require careful initial selection, proper installation, routine maintenance, repairs to correct breakdowns or defects that occur, and scheduled periodic upgrade or replacement. Failure to plan for and properly schedule all of the above will result in periodic crisis management decisions when the system breakdown becomes too severe to manage, which can be far more costly to the institution, and which could even have dire and unacceptable consequences.

The Master Key systems are also not included in the above count.

Our physical locking hardware inventory has a value of approximately $310,000 and is turned over approximately once every 1.5 years. We also farm out approximately another $150,000 worth of labor to local service providers to supplement our in-house Access Control and Locksmithing staff, and on the average add $130,000 of electronic access control equipment per year.

REMEMBER: This is just ONE average size university. There are approximately 3,000 universities in the US, many larger than this. There are also approximately 9,000 hospitals, and far too many to count of banks and large office buildings and other types of institutions, many of which are serviced by Institutional Locksmiths.