Administers at Southeastern Community College recently implemented a new access control system for staff members working at the campus in Keokuk, Iowa, and centers at Mount Pleasant and Fort Madison. Rather than using traditional keys, the solution will authorize individuals based on their new ID cards, according to a report by the newspaper the Hawkeye.
"We will be moving toward an identification badge that would not only serve as identification for the employee but would also serve as an access card to allow them to get into the building during closed hours," SCC administrative services vice president Bill Meck said, according to the news provider.
Not every door will have the new technology installed. Instead, only the entrances that are not considered public will be included into the access control system, Meck told the Hawkeye.
While there was concern voiced at the SCC Board of Trustees meeting, during which the access control system was discussed, the majority of individuals believe the use of ID cards will be beneficial to the overall school system.
"[ID cards] are nice because with metal keys, you have a problem if you lose them," SCC trustee Dave Walker said, according to the Hawkeye. "With this key, you can get it reconfigured within the system and you are on your way."
Schools are revolutionizing access control systems
Other schools around the country are making similar improvements to security by installing innovative access control systems. In many cases, these new programs use near-field communications and mobile devices.
The University of San Francisco, for example, recently completed the second test of its NFC-enabled mobile device access control project, in which students used their personal smartphones as ID cards, according to a CR80 News report. The initiative received positive feedback from students who participated in the program, as many said using their personal mobile devices was just as easy as using their One Card campus ID cards.
"This convenience is important to us but equally important is the security of using their existing contactless credentials, keeping our transactions secure," USF One Card and campus security systems director Jason Rossi said, according to CR80 News.
As higher education schools become increasingly populated, more administrators will look to implement next-generation access control systems capable of meeting evolving demands without jeopardizing security.