Upgraded ID Card Access System Will Increase Courthouse Security

An update to the access card system used by courthouse employees will have an added benefit, it will increase security at the Johnston County Courthouse.

Johnston County government employees used special-issued ID cards to access and unlock specific doors to their offices. The cards can be individually programmed allowing employees access only to certain areas.

The existing card access system was implemented 19 years ago and is in need of replacement according to Johnston County Building and Grounds Facilities Superintendent Daniel Clifton. Clifton said it will cost $141,000 to replace the system, however funding is included in the current budget.

Once in place, the new system will allow enhanced security at all county facilities by allowing “special functions” just for law enforcement officers.

For example, once installed the new system will feature a lock command where assigned deputies working courthouse security could access the system through an app on their cell phone. In an emergency, and with one simple step, the office could lock all the doors into the courthouse. The same system could also work at the social services building and health department.

If needed, the system can also be upgraded in the future for fingerprint scanning.

Commissioners agreed to spend the funds for the new upgraded system. Sumner Communications was the successful bidder for the project.