In any location with multiple doors, access management can become an issue. Security control panels allow all locks to be opened or closed simultaneously from a single location. Larger entities may even have multiple security control panels installed to allow management from various rooms, such as a ship's cockpit and docking bay. Security control panels may vary in appearance. Some are mounted on walls, while some are installed as standalone consoles. Most include both a display to show the current status of locks connected to the panel and simple controls to allow the operator to toggle door settings. Because these panels interface with an entity's control network, designers often find them a convenient place to include useful features like internal communications and recording suites, or power and data ports that droids can access with appropriate adapters.
Security control panels present a fundamental compromise between convenience and security. While a legitimate owner may have its own reasons to open or close access to its property, properly equipped slicers may use an electronic lock breaker to alter the security settings for their own purposes. Because of this inherent vulnerability, owners should exercise caution when deciding if or where to install security control panels