Princeton University in New Jersey recently implemented a new access control system throughout dormitories that gives individuals the ability to use their contactless student ID cards to gain entry to their specific rooms. Previously, pupils used the same program to enter the building, but this will be the first time it is used for access to their bedrooms, according to a report by CR80 News.
"The housing department wanted something more robust," said Keith Tuccillo, system administrator for life safety and security systems at Princeton, according to CR80 News. "This is to avoid students choosing 1-2-3-4 as their PIN."
The ID cards are unique in another fashion, as the devices communicate directly with the lock to determine if a specific badge is permitted entry, which eliminates the need to connect with a centralized database during transactions, the news source said. This also allows the cards to carry data from one reader to another, so if an individual's access privileges are taken away, he or she cannot use the device anywhere.
This revoking technique is different from traditional access control systems that would communicate with readers online and, as a result, may not be able to prevent entry in locations that are temporarily offline, CR80 News noted.
A separate report by Blackboard said that contactless ID cards are becoming increasingly popular in colleges and universities around the country, as the devices are more convenient and easier to use for students, faculty and staff members. By implementing an advanced access control system using these accessories, decision-makers may be able to make communities safer, which is always among their top priorities as administrators.