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Jun 11 2019

Wireless access control on university campuses

Category: Electrified Hardware,School SecurityLori @ 12:08 pm Comments (13)
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A few weeks ago I spent a day on the University of Tennesee Knoxville campus, while my oldest daughter was at orientation.  She received her “Vol Card” which will be used as her student ID.  It will also allow her to eat in several different dining halls and restaurants, and can be used at the Vol Shop, convenience stores and vending machines on campus, and more than 20 off-campus locations.  The card will give her access to her dorm, elevator, hallway, and room, along with 24-hour access to a building that is always open to the honors students.  She can use it at the rec centers, libraries, and probably other places that neither of us know about yet.

Access control systems integrated with other functions are a huge improvement in convenience and security for college campuses.  When I was in college (in the 80’s – eek), we had metal keys to our rooms, and I don’t even remember how we got into the dining hall.  The options available now seem almost limitless, both in function and in the physical hardware used in the system – hard-wired vs. wireless, a variety of credentials, and the software used to tie it all together.  Luckily, there is guidance available from industry experts.  This article from Jeff Koziol of Allegion is a good starting point in the conversation about wireless access control for college campuses, and each Allegion sales office has consultants who can help with the next steps.

Since I usually post photos of code problems and installation issues, here are some examples from UTK of how to do it right!

And remember that crazy kid who locked us in our hotel room and generally wreaked havoc in her early years?  She’s the shorter one in this photo.  Time flies!

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13 Responses to “Wireless access control on university campuses”

  1. SUE STOKKE says:

    The doors and hardware are nice, but oh that ORANGE. From a Big Blue Fan.

  2. Charles a says:

    So sounds like either an all enclusive vacation, where you pay one price or a cruise ship, where you get a nice long bill at the end??

    Either way electronics are involved.

    Just wonder sometimes when the electronics go whacky or get gremlins,, does the college come to a halt?

    Sounds like college life will be great!! As long as they do not see a certain person photographing every door on campus.

    • Lori says:

      That’s a really good question Charles. Maybe someone will tell us what happens when the system goes down.

      – Lori

  3. Charlie Collins says:

    Lori,

    We welcome your daughter to Knoxville/UTK! I hope orange is her favorite color because we sure love it here in Knoxville.

    • Lori says:

      Thanks Charlie! I tried to get her to take my Allegion logowear instead of buying the orange and white checkered overalls, but she didn’t go for it! 🙂

      – Lori

  4. rb says:

    So one thing about the whole ID-as-key thing: An ID has the person’s name on it. The fact that it is also the key to their room means that if it is lost or taken, the possessor has the ability to gain access to their room. Conventionally, keys do not have on them the name of their owner precisely to prevent someone finding them from looking up their address and going there to rob the place. The closest we get to putting names on keys is having a business bar code on them with the idea that turning them into the business will result in that business being responsible and calling the owner instead of robbing them.

    • Lori says:

      True but the card can be removed from the system as soon as it is reported lost or stolen so hopefully there’s only a small window of opportunity for unauthorized access.

      – Lori

  5. Chris Bird says:

    Welcome to UT. My alma mater. My daughter just completed her freshman year. You’ve got a great local DHI connection there too in Bill Trimble!

    • Lori says:

      Thanks Chris! Maybe our daughters will meet each other! Several people from Wm S Trimble have already emailed me to offer their support if Aliya needs it! 🙂

      – Lori

  6. Kevin says:

    Congrats Lori… Thinking of retiring to Tenn outside Knoxville!!!

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