Passport to success

Labeling something as both simple and complex may seem contradictory, butt hese two adjectives perfectly describe the new doorway access control system from ASSA ABLOY now in place at the University of Missouri.

Simple—meaning the locks that form the backbone of the system connect seamlessly over a standard WiFi network with the access control software. And complex—meaning thel ocks deliver centralized access control with advanced functionality.

The combination of simple and complex was required to satisfy the needs of the various school departments that hold a stake in doorway access control. The school’s Facilities, IT, Planning & Construction, Camps and Conference groups all had their own set of needs regarding the capabilities of the lockset. ASSA ABLOY Group brand Sargent answered all these challenges with the Passport 1000 P2 lockset.

An ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 lock using WiFi technology, the Passport 1000 P2 provides a cost-effective, future-proof solution for campuses. Featuring multiCLASS SE®Technology from HID Global®, it provides simultaneous support for multiple credentials and offers an easy migration path to higher security credentials and mobile access. With no wiring required, installation is fast, easyand affordable.

The lock accommodates up to 2,400 users, featuresa 10,000 event transaction history/audit trail and allows shelter in place/local lockdown capabilities. An open architecture platform makes the lock adaptable for integrations with most third-party enterprise, transactional and housing systems software. This software and database flexibility enables schools to establish a one card system that allows a single credential to operate access and transactional hardware.

“We wanted a consistent locking platform across multiple buildings that would tie in directly to our CBORD software system,” said Eric Leiss, support system administrator for the school’s IT department. “This locking system offered us the ability do this and also to use our existing WiFiinfrastructure. We were not interested in installing a third-party wireless network.

”Unlike other access control locks on the market, the Passport P2 locksets connect with the building control system over a standard, nonproprietary IEEE 802.11 WiFii nfrastructure. The school runs a CBORD building control software package that communicates wirelessly and issues commands to the Passport P2 locksets. From a facilities management perspective, this simplifies dealing with a lost credential. “We can easily reissue permissions remotely,” said J.D. Little, master locksmith at the school. “When someone loses an ID, we can easily reprogram the lock and disable the missing credential.

”This functionality was also highly desired by the school’s camp and conference groups which needed the ability to quickly reprogram locks for the multiple events that are hosted on campus in between semesters.

As an added layer of security, the locks have a keypad that enables the school to require dual credentialing; students must first present their ID card to the lock and then enter a PIN code. The lock accommodates a special convenience feature—Open My Door—offered by CBORD. Patrons can text “Open MyDoor” to receive instant access to their residence hall room doors. This is a great solution when students leave their cards in their rooms, freeing staff from middle-of-the-night calls to unlock doors.

Roughly 1,700 of the Passport 1000 P2 locks have been installed on the Columbia, Missouri campus, with many more scheduled for deployment over the next few years.The school still uses mag stripe readers in some of its legacy systems, but is switching to smart card credentials.This is not an issue for the Passport lock thanks to its ability to accept multiple credential technologies—includinga variety of high and low frequency credentials as well as magnetic stripe and HID Mobile Access® powered by Seos®. The school can continue using their mag stripe cards while they transition to the new SE credentials. They even have the option of upgrading to mobile access credentials without having to replace the locks.

“We wanted consistency across campus, the ability to connect wirelessly and the option of upgrading our credential system,” said Justin Harris, User Support AnalystSpecialist. “This locking system allows us to accomplish these goals.”