Campus protection up a degree


Universities are unique environments that raise significant security issues. Unlike office buildings, college campuses incorporate both residential and workplace facilities, cover large geographic areas, and are inhabited by young students who are not inclined to take precautions.

Given the mixed and highly transient populations at universities – including resident and commuting students, faculty, non-faculty staff and locals who may use facilities like libraries and gyms – keys are not appropriate. Prone to being lost or copied, keys also do not allow colleges to assign access based on role, or quickly terminate access.

Quinnipiac University in Connecticut provides an example of how card systems can be implemented. PERSONA locks have been installed in the university’s 22 residence halls, and include logging data capabilities that allow the university to detect which users have entered a room and whether the door has been propped open. Meanwhile, in an added benefit for students, the cards used for door access can also be used to purchase meals, check out books, make copies and access the gym.

Notification systems have been a particular focus for campus security as well. The University of Richmond has implemented a new notification system that matches the way students communicate today, sending messages via text message, e-mail or voice mail in the event of an emergency or something more common-place like a weather-related school closing. Catholic University in Washington, D.C. even lets parents receive alerts.

Read the entire article at ASSA ABLOY Future Lab.