Miami University completes integrated door access project

Campus deploys access control solutions from CBORD, Ingersoll Rand

“CS Access has the robust feature set we need to secure our residence halls and leverage mobile technologies to better protect our student body,” said Larry Fink, Assistant Vice President for Housing and Auxiliaries Finance at Miami University. “The mobile support we have with CS Access is extremely popular. Students experience greater security and convenience, and staff members are freed from middle-of-the-night calls to open residence hall room doors.”

Miami improved its security by moving away from metal keys, selecting Schlage aptiQ contactless smart card credentials, an open-standards solution based on MIFARE DESFire EV1.

“The secure ‘handshake’ of information between the aptiQ card and the Schlage AD-Series wireless lock makes this format very difficult to hack or copy. This is a solution we foresee gaining prominence in campus security in years to come,” says Fink.

“Miami University’s goal was to complete the implementation of CBORD’s CS Access software system, and 4,200 Schlage AD-400 locks across 40 buildings in 90 days,” said Karen Sammon, Sr. VP of Operations at CBORD. “The hard deadline was the arrival of students for the beginning of the academic year. Additional requirements included sequentially bringing up residence halls that were being used for summer conferences during the system install. These parameters required teamwork and careful orchestration between the Miami University and CBORD project teams, with strong technical support from Ingersoll Rand. CBORD has been very impressed with the Miami University staff, and we’re extremely proud of the result all our teams achieved together.”

When students began moving in this past August, they expressed a feeling of greater safety and comfort knowing that the new access system was in place. This increased confidence in their living arrangements was important for new arrivals and upperclassmen alike. The move-in was covered by local television, highlighting the new security system.

CBORD’s relationship with Miami University dates back to 1978 when the university installed its first CBORD solution—a predecessor of the industry-leading Foodservice Suite® food management solution. The implementation of CS Access brings CBORD solutions into new activities and areas of campus, with plans already underway for expansion.

“We congratulate Miami University of Ohio for taking the steps necessary to enhance the college experience by creating an innovative wireless security system with a highly secure and flexible one-card application for campus users,” affirmed Raj Venkat, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Vice President, Commercial Marketing America. “The Schlage AD-Series locks were designed with the understanding that no two campuses or their security applications are the same. The modular design of the AD-Series locks makes it easy to add more locks or upgrade credentials, networking options or software without replacing the locks.”

“CBORD and Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies have been excellent partners to Miami University,” said Fink. “Their integrated solutions help us strategically expand our use of technology without having to build and maintain our own interfaces, and their employees have been easy to work with. We look forward to continuing to grow our use of CBORD and Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies solutions and maintaining strong partnerships into the future.”