Northwestern University Achieves an Advanced Degree of Access Control

Northwestern University wanted an online access control system that could be implemented without hardwiring infrastructure or a proprietary wireless network.

An interconnected web of wireless access control locks weaves a thorough system of doorway security throughout Northwestern University. The common thread connecting these doorways is WiFi locks from ASSA ABLOY Group brand Sargent.

Sargent IN120 locks form the base of the access control system along with Sargent 80 Series exit devices, 8200 Series mortise locks and a mix of access control components, hardware and a key system from HID Global, ASSA ABLOY Architectural Door Accessories and Group brand Medeco.

Installing an online access control system can be costly, requiring either labor-intensive hardwiring of doorways or a separate proprietary wireless network. But the IN120 WiFi locks provided a cost savings for the university by leveraging the school’s existing IT infrastructure to deliver advanced access control to more locations.

“We are a longstanding Sargent customer and believe in the quality and integrity of the ASSA ABLOY family of products,” said Anthony Hicks, head locksmith for the University’s Evanston and Chicago campuses. “Thanks to our wireless access control system, we have a higher level of security on campus.”