Naiem Gafar ’17
Once again, lines run through the doors of the SGO store as incoming freshmen wait to purchase the required equipment for Physical Education class.
After an eighteen dollar investment, students are awarded with a shiny, but bulky gem that will define their four years at Tech. Most won’t remember when they purchased their first gym lock, but instead will remember the countless hours they spent carrying it around in their backpacks.
On September 23rd, Mr. Paul Hoftyzer, the AP of Health and Safety issued an email to students regarding the protection of personal belongings in the locker rooms. Hoftyzer noted several instances in which the effectiveness of one’s lock could become void, among which included stuffing paper into a lock so that it would not close or entering the first two numbers before going to class in an attempt to save time. In these cases, he noted that “it’s like you didn’t even have a lock on your locker at all” and that students “risk losing [their] belongings.”
The human race has made so many technological advancements over the past five years. One of the most widespread innovations has been biometric fingerprint scanners, which are now an almost standard feature on any new smartphone. First introduced in September 2013 for Apple’s iPhone 5s and shortly thereafter in April 2014 for the Samsung Galaxy S5, this doubles both as a security barrier as well as a health tracker. The accessing of sensitive information, the authorizing or purchases, and so many everyday tasks are completed by using one’s very own fingerprint.
Perhaps, the solution to the lock problem at Brooklyn Tech lies in the technology that so many of us possess today. Embedding these sensors in the lockers would help to solve two problems that many students face. Students will not have to carry around their gym locks.
Moreover, the fingerprints will be stored in a database that will track who enters and leaves the locker room thus providing more internal security. In fact, in the event of lock tampering, an alarm will sound.
Andy Chen ‘17, of the bioscience major commented, “This is a great investment for the school. It now costs $89, but with time and a bulk order, the price might decrease.”
The days of a heavy master lock might be over, but is Brooklyn Tech ready to transition into a future of biometric gym locks.