Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Visitor management crucial to physical security

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Systems catching on from Fortune 500s to Major League Baseball

Security checks have become a fact of life for entrance to public buildings. As government agencies, corporations and schools struggle to keep track of individuals within their facilities at any point in time, a new breed of visitor management systems has risen to the top.

Though it may be more apparent today, visitor management is not a new function. For as long as organizations have sought to control access to facilities, there has been a need to manage visitors, vendors and other non-recurring guests. In the past, paper-based logs were managed by lobby attendants to ensure visitors had a legitimate reason to enter. Today’s electronic solutions automate these functions adding convenience and robust new security features to the process.

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Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia has chosen Argus Global’s iTrak incident reporting and risk management solution.

The iTrak installation at Macquarie marks the first post-secondary school in Australia to use the system, but the solution is already being used at several universities in the United States. Argus and partner iView Systems been working hard to expand iTrak’s reach into the Australian market, and has already seen installations in Massey, O’Tago, Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

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Rutherford County Schools, Murfreesboro, Tenn., have rolled out the Raptor Visitor Management System that scans visitors’ driver license and compares it to a national database before entering school grounds, according to dnj.com.

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Shuttle Computer Group and ScholarChip have partnered to create a new kiosk that can help school administrators to monitor student and staff attendance.

ScholarChip’s Safety and Operations System will now leverage Shuttle’s X50 all-in-one computer, and together with ScholarChip’s software and accessories, has created a portable, multi-purpose kiosk that captures attendance at a rate more than 40 students per minute.

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St. Edward’s University, like many other institutions, uses student ID cards for physical access to campus buildings as well as to make purchases on campus. These functions are in place as a safety measure and St. Edward’s is making sure to stress this to its students.

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