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WMU writes its own access control system, supports 150k cardholders

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Western Michigan University will soon begin the major roll out of a new access control system, reports Security Director News. The university accounts for more than 150,000 cardholders, 600 card readers and 600 surveillance cameras and thousands of alarms, panic buttons and other sensors.

WMU also leverages a one-card approach, enabling students to access residential halls, dining system, the library system, as well as academic buildings and computer labs. To ensure its different technologies are compatible with one another the campus writes its own software, using an open platform and direct access to the manufacturer’s software engineers.


The university’s development team has been working with an access control system by Open Options and tested the system in a number of its buildings. The Open Options system will offer new features that aid campus security better respond to incidents. For example, when an alarm occurs, dispatchers will have access to video cameras nearby, as well as comments or policies on the best course of action.

The new access control system is set to roll out in March, with the university expecting the process to take between four and six weeks to complete.

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ASSA ABLOY will partner with Adirondack Solutions to launch a range of solutions geared toward student life.

The partnership marks an integration between ASSA ABLOY’s PERSONA Campus software and Adirondack’s suite of campus life services. The resulting services coordinate security and electronic access control functions using Adirondack’s housing, parking administration, conference coordination and data interfacing services.

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Austria’s Vienna University of Economics and Business has chosen to electronically secure some 4,500-access points across its campus with the help of ESSECCA GmbH, the Austrian distributor of SALTO Systems.

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ASSA ABLOY will be working alongside student housing software solutions provider, StarRez to integrate the companies’ offerings.

The partnership will see ASSA ABLOY’s PERSONA Campus software and StarRez’s student housing solution blended to enable campuses to manage electronic access control for student housing via the same StarRez platform that is currently used for other housing management functions.

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SALTO Systems will showcase the latest addition to its XS4 line of locks, the XS4 mini, at IFSEC 2014.

The XS4 mini is part of SALTO’s broader suite of wireless products that focuses on developing innovative access control products with both the latest technology and an attractive design.

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