How smart was your enrolment?

Wireless locking technology can create a number of benefits, including a streamlined enrolment process

As students are beginning to settle into university life, you may now be reflecting on how enrolment went for your university. 

The University of Birmingham’s state-of-the-art student accommodation, Chamberlain, has just gone through its second enrolment and the process is one of the smartest on campus. 

During the planning stage for the Chamberlain an essential requirement was an integrated access control system in order to reduce the need for keys. Aperio® wireless locking technology by ASSA ABLOY Access Control, together with Gallagher Command Centre was the chosen system, which together unlocked a number of benefits that not only removed the need for keys but also smartened up their enrolment process. 

Previously the accommodation arrival process required students to arrive at the University with their contracts and queue up so that a member of staff could sign them in manually and hand them the keys to their accommodation. From there students could head to their rooms. 

‘Students no longer need to queue for keys, they can get to their rooms instantly, and spend more time enjoying their arrival experience.” 

Now, the simple act of swiping an access card at their allocated accommodation automatically checks the student in and a report can be generated to show who has and hasn’t arrived, allowing staff to follow up accordingly. If the room is no longer required it can be quickly and easily re-allocated to another student, resulting in improved occupancy rates. 

Timothy Owen, General Manager of Student Accommodation at the University, said: “Arrivals is always a busy time but with the help of the Aperio and Gallagher solution we’ve not only improved the student experience but also the administration process. Now the student ID and accommodation key is encoded onto one card so it can be posted out in advance and access to the room automatically granted via the accommodation management system. Students no longer need to queue for keys, they can get to their rooms instantly, and spend more time enjoying their arrival experience.” 

University staff are also seeing positive improvements since the installation of the new system – particularly at the start of the year. The arrivals process is now less congested and more relaxed. The team have far fewer issues than with physical keys, enabling them to spend more time on the overall student experience.  

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