25 April, 2017
Innovative Technology Award
Northeastern University received the 2017 NACCU Innovative Technology Award for its implementation of smart, contactless lockers.
Northeastern’s old system of combination locks and in-person locker reservations was in need of an upgrade. Warren Lord and his team used their experience with residence hall doors to develop an online locker reservation system. The new system uses contactless campus cards to provision access to the lockers.
The university purchased the Relaxx locker solution from Ganter and interfaced the new hardware with CBORD Web Manager. Feedback since the new lockers went live has been very positive, and the process couldn’t be more user friendly for Northeastern students. Students simply reserve their locker online, and tap their card for access. The university is also assessing the project over time with a view to expand on future uses of the technology.
About the award
The NACCU Innovative Technology Award was established in 2012 and is sponsored by HID Global/ASSA ABLOY. The award is presented to an institution that has introduced a unique, technology-based solution to address a problem or opportunity. The Awards Committee chose the recipient based on the following criteria:
- Addressing a challenge and/or opportunity
- Steps taken to determine a solution
- Evaluation of solution, including measured results.