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An electronic access system is now operational at the Hawaii State Capitol that allows access to the building after-hours.
The system uses no keys or cards. Instead, it utilizes biometrics authentication: reading the veins or capillaries of the finger.
“Some of you have already enrolled and successfully used the system,” Senate President Donna Mercado Kim wrote in a Feb. 9 memo. “So far, the system appears to be working well, allowing authorized personnel entrance to the building after business hours.”
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The memo says all Senate personnel are being offered the chance to register and enroll in the system, which is voluntary. A spokeswoman for the House of Representatives confirms that the same system applies to that chamber.
Some security details, according to the memo:
All personal information required to enroll in the system, including the capillary imprint, is “securely stored” on the Legislature’s computer servers.
The system enables registered users to access the building from the rotunda and basement levels anytime the building is closed to the public.
The system will not affect public hours of operation of the building; all public access will continue during the hours prescribed by the Department of Accounting and Government Services.
In the event of “a dangerous situation” requiring a building lockdown, the Capitol sheriffs can immediately lock all access points.
Access to the Capitol is still available through the main entrance when the building is closed to the public.
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