When officials at Georgia State University decided to revamp its student housing access control system, they found that the campus poses a few challenges.
Largely a commuter school, 61% of first-year students and just 17% of all Georgia State undergraduates live on campus. Nevertheless, security is a primary focus for the institution’s 32,000 students.
GSU boasts the largest campus police force in the state with a staff of more than 100 employees. To accompany the campus police force, the university has installed surveillance equipment – including 50 DVRs, more than 720 cameras, 25 access control panels and 150 card readers – along with turnstiles, gates and card readers in elevators to ensure access to student housing is granted to only those who require it.
With a growing student population, and a campus centered in an urban environment, GSU decided the time was right to revisit its security measures for student housing.
The answer for Georgia State has come in the form of Software House’s C-CURE 9000 security and event management system. C-CURE proved to be a seamless fit for the university as many of the institution’s pre-exiting security measures were based on an open platform design, making hardware replacement largely unnecessary.
The result is the ability for university officials to not only leverage their current security system, but also enhance reporting capabilities en route to more effective campus security.
“The reporting is exactly what we wanted,” says Roderick Padilla, assistant director of IT services and university housing for Georgia State University. “I can view an entry log for any access card or user and see the recent user history as well as who gave the person access to that card. I didn’t have that ability before.”
But what happened when a new card is issued, and the card office forgets to flag the lost or stolen card? Someone could easily pick up the lost card and have instant access to areas that they may not be allowed to access.
Software House’s C-CURE 9000 provides an answer to this by enabling GSU staff to run daily reports on users with more than one active card. Additionally, the solution can pinpoint who created the new card without flagging the old one in an effort to rectify the error.
Once a card is flagged it won’t work and will immediately notify the card office or similar authority, and when combined with GSU’s surveillance equipment, will also provide authorities with a visual of the cardholder.
LMI Systems installed the new C-CURE readers in a matter of a few weeks, spending this past summer migrating each of GSU’s housing facilities to the new system. GSU didn’t have to replace any of the cards it has already issued to its students, as they were already compatible with the C-CURE system.
See the full report from Georgia State here.