One example of this is the increasing demand to deliver a unified route to greater security, efficiency and information for educational establishments, whilst offering students a highly convenient way of meeting the requirements of their day-to-day living.
For example, student ID cards are often used to provide access control to different parts of the campus. With the right system this can be linked directly to the courses they are enrolled on. Any changes in course codes for individual students result in access to the relevant areas being automatically updated without the need to reissue cards. This reduces the risk of unauthorised access to laboratories or other sensitive areas, particularly on changing modules, out of term time following graduation, or any disciplinary issues.
Cards can be linked to authorised third party databases, providing a comprehensive profile of the student, simplifying and speeding up enrolment processes, and reducing duplication of tasks at a critical point in the academic year. There are benefits for the students too, as the system can be used to provide them with timetables, reminders of upcoming examinations or what work is due when, and a way of logging what work they have completed. It can also potentially give students added functionality such as cashless vending, bus passes and even bank cards.
Having a single card to handle everything, from travel to borrowing books from the library, or picking up a few essential groceries, is clearly useful for the students, whilst the rich data that the system provides allows schools, colleges and universities to manage their resources better (such as when to heat specific areas of the building), run more efficiently, offer safer environments to work and study in, and to react more swiftly to individual students requirements. This all helps to improve performance, and could ultimately have a positive impact on results.
Picture: Brunel University London has taken advantage of the enhanced functionality of the 100% browser-based SATEON access control system from Grosvenor Technology.
By Harry Blethyn, Technical Services Manager at Grosvenor Technology.
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