Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety is in the process of testing a new single-button system that is capable of locking all campus buildings that require card access. The system is intended for use in cases of campus emergencies.
Per a report from The Daily Orange, the system was tested over the Thanksgiving break with the university’s Department of Public Safety at the helm. All buildings on the campus’ card access system are included in the single-button lockdown, totaling 95 academic, residential and administrative buildings.
According to university police, the system will again be tested during the winter break with the goal of being fully operational by the spring 2016 semester.
The single button concept was the result of the recent use of Syracuse’s “Orange Alert” system in October that locked down the university while Syracuse Police were searching for suspects tied to an off-campus homicide investigation. At the time of that investigation, Syracuse already had a system that could lock all card access entry buildings, albeit individually. But that process was deemed cumbersome.
The single-button system is an alteration to the existing control panel that was previously used to lock buildings individually. The campus lockdown system is housed in university’s Communications Center and is manned by trained dispatchers under the direction of the Department of Public Safety officers.
Since the button locks many of the doors around campus, there are concerns regarding those students that may be outside when the lockdown occurs. However, university police say that those within the university community will still be able to access buildings using their IDs.