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Change coming for Metro Center members

New key card entry program to be up and running by May 1

Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 4:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014 4:56 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON – The Bureau County Metro Center is updating its membership entry program.

Executive Director Elaine Russell has announced the Metro Center will be installing a new key card entry access system for members. The system will become functional after needed technology is put in place; all members entering the facility during operation hours will receive their key cards for membership entry, she said.

The anticipated start date for the new program is May 1.

Currently, the Metro Center is using a Finger Scan Entry System, implemented in 2009, in hopes that this system would help members to avoid having to carry a card into the facility, Russell said. However, unfortunately, the scanning system was only as good as the person scanning.

“Some finger scans would just not read,” Russell said. “If not done properly, the scan is not recorded. Many insurance companies and businesses that support their employees, frequently ask for reports for usage, to go toward reimbursement, and inadequate scans cause issues with that reporting. These same reports are used by the management and board of the Princeton Park District.”

Members already in the Metro Center system will only have to take a moment to get their new key card. If a current member does not have his/her picture completed, staff will ask for it at that time. A picture of the member will match up with the key card issued to support the membership as active or inactive. All guests of the Metro Center will still be required to sign in at the facility.

“Providing quality services also means control and security for our membership and staff,” Russell said. “Clever uses of ID cards in membership clubs, such as the Bureau County Metro Center, go well beyond simple access control, identification and membership. We would like to thank our members for their continued support and patience as we work toward this new procedure in the coming weeks.”

To implement the new key card entry program, the Metro Center will need a new scanner in which the key card will be inserted, Russell said. The Metro Center’s membership program is hosted by Lord and Murphy of Naperville, and that company will purchase the new scanner and the first 5,000 key cards, she said.

As far as the Metro Center’s current finger scan equipment, she will communicate with other park districts which might be using the same scanning technique to see if there is interest in buying the no-longer needed equipment, Russell said.

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