Project Description

How to Ensure Prison Security?

A lot of things fueled the July 18 riot at the Dolph Briscoe Unit in southwest Texas. One thing helped make the chaos: lame locks. At Briscoe and many other prisons across Texas, prisoners can let themselves out of their cells whenever they want, sometimes using tools as simple as a shoelace and a bar of soap.

Just by shoelaces or a bar of soap? How do the prisoners do it?
Several said they usually shove cardboard, dominoes, wadded up paper, or the tiny green bars of state-issued soap into the door while it’s open to making sure the latch doesn’t fully engage. Once the door is closed it will look fully shut, though it won’t be secured, employees confirmed. Sometimes that triggers an alert, but guards don’t always follow up and check.
That is to say, when a prisoner wants to open a cell door, a carefully placed shoelace or a piece of metal or even cardboard is enough to jimmy the lock.

Officials believe one solution would be to replace the faulty locks or reassemble them with metal plates to prevent prisoners from inserting the last piece of metal or cardboard needed to open the door. But I think there might be a better solution here: install a Vanma smart padlock.

Why? Because it can solve all of these problems.

1. Four types of keys
It has a choice of four keys to go with: smart key, fingerprint key, Bluetooth key, and fingerprint Bluetooth key. The warden can choose the fingerprint key, and even if the prisoner steals the key, the lock cannot be unlocked.
2. Voice prompt
The key has a voice prompt function. When the lock is closed, the key will say: lock successfully or lock failed. When the battery is too low, the key will also send a voice warning: low battery, please charging. The police could then respond to a voice prompt to re-lock and prevent the prisoner from escaping.
3. Blacklist
When the key is lost, a blacklist can be set in the smart lock system so that the lost key does not have any permission to unlock any lock.
4. One key unlocks multiple locks
Smart electronic lock unlock needs to be equipped with a special electronic key, and this one electronic key can unlock multiple electronic locks, unlock more efficiently, solve the key clutter, management difficulties.
5. Flexible Authorization
Each key can be authorized by the software, allowing the key to unlocking which lock, or what period to unlock, convenient for management. The lock remains closed even if the prisoner uses the key to unlock it during unauthorized periods.
6. Record Lock/Unlock Information
The electronic key has the function of storing information, and can record the action and time information of each unlock lock, responsibility traced back to the individual. If prison officials have timely access to the JWM smart lock system, they may know the first time the lock is unlocked.

Prison
Vanma padlock
padlock with smart key