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JUL 2019

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S16 ACCESS CONTROL Trends And Technology | JULY/AUGUST 2019 In addition, students are less likely to lose their student ID card, which is required for almost everything they do on campus. Streamlining Operations As EAC solutions have grown in sophistication, the campus locksmith is no longer the sole gatekeeper for installing and upgrading door locks. Today, access control affects IT departments, facilities managers, campus police, sustainability directors and more. Thanks to advanced technologies, EAC systems can address the needs of these multiple stakeholders and provide a cohesive approach to managing the broad spectrum of projects and components that fall under their purview. “Today’s access control decision-maker isn’t one person, but rather a committee,” says Jim Primovic, Director of Sales, Campus EAC for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. “This group is motivated by the notion that EAC systems can provide new ways of achieving greater safety for students, faculty and staff. For example, campus police can analyze credential data to see who used entrances and exits in dormitory buildings to investigate criminal activity and increase safety.” Access control also streamlines operations by future-proofing a facility, essentially implementing nimble technology that won’t need to be replaced in a matter of months or years. For example, universities don’t want to invest in electronic cards only to have them become obsolete, particularly given the time and cost associated with making system upgrades across campus. Installing flexible access control systems allows facilities to upgrade as newer solutions become available, such as mobile credentials, while maintaining the same infrastructure. The SARGENT Passport 1000 P1 and P2 locks support multiple credentials and allow seamless migration from the magnetic stripe cards that are widely used today to mobile credentials and higher security smart cards without having to change the locks. Similarly, the Corbin Russwin Access 700 PWI1 and PIP1 locksets feature a migration path to higher security and mobile credentials. All of these solutions use existing IT infrastructure, including PoE and WiFi, thereby reducing complexity and allowing campuses to easily evolve their access control and security when they’re ready. Improving the User Experience The Internet of Things and the ubiquity of mobile and wireless technologies are changing expectations about how people live and work in any given space. Whether using Wi-Fi while flying across the country or logging onto a hotspot while taking a cab across town, today’s on-the-go society expects a seamless, connected experience at all times. Universities are under increasing pressure to meet these expectations, as Gen Z students are the first generation to have had the internet and mobile phones since birth. With cutting-edge solutions, like mobile and biometric credentials, EAC systems can help meet these changing expectations, as people of all ages have grown accustomed to frictionless movement. For example, access control systems can now sense a credential up to 20 feet away from an opening so that the entry point is already open when the user approaches, all without them having to swipe a card or take the phone out of their pocket. Over time, biometrics will make for an even more seamless experience, as users’ own features, like a fingerprint or retina, become their credentials. In the campus environment, this will be particularly attractive for athletics departments, where student-athletes want a fluid experience from training facilities to locker rooms without having to keep a card or a phone on them. Further, in today’s age of Amazon, package delivery and the issue of package theft has become a growing issue that affects the experience students and faculty have on campus. As a result, cabinets and lockers for secure package delivery are becoming an increasingly valuable solution for campuses as an alternative to having packages left at residence hall entrances where they’re at risk of theft or misplacement. Package delivery centers filled with smart lockers that feature touchscreens and keyless access, such as Luxer One package lockers, enable greater security and peace of mind. “As e-commerce grows and package delivery continues to be the norm, this technology will be a true game-changer,” says Tyler Hansen, who leads higher education and university lockers at Luxer One. “This is an Installing flexible access control systems allows facilities to upgrade as newer solutions become available, such as mobile credentials, while maintaining the same infrastructure. ASSA ABLOY's newly released Securitron M380E with EcoMag technology provides an 80 percent reduction in energy consumption over previous models of electromagnetic locks.

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