Princeton ID solves Auburn University's security challenge

Dec. 13, 2018
Athletic department employs iris identification biometrics to increase security and convenience for school's athletes and staff

Hamilton Township, NJ -- Dec 13, 2018 --  Princeton Identity Inc., provider of the fastest, simplest and most secure biometric security systems on the market, announced today that Alabama’s Auburn University has updated and expanded the biometric identity system it uses to secure areas within its athletic facilities. Princeton Identity’s new IDS software and Access200 iris readers allow student-athletes, coaches and other affiliated team members enrolled in the system to unlock the doors to team locker rooms by glancing at small reader panels mounted outside each entrance. As athletes and coaches rarely carry personal items with them onto the field, the Princeton Identity system eliminates the need for access control cards, fobs, or PIN codes, which can be difficult to manually enter when carrying equipment. It also increases security. Biometric credentials make it impossible for students to share cards or codes with others, while the system’s convenience factor reduces the desire for students to leave doors propped open for easier access.

The new IDS software is browser-based, providing greater flexibility to school administrators responsible for enrolling students and managing the system. The system’s Access200e enrollment camera is a stand-alone unit that can be plugged into any network jack without need for special software or drivers, allowing enrollment to occur from any web-enabled device, including tablets and laptops. Permissions are handled through an integration with the University’s Lenel OnGuard access control system. When students leave a team or graduate, their permissions are turned off. However, as iris signatures remain stable over time if students or staff return to the program – even years later – there is no need for re-enrollment. Their permissions are simply reactivated.

System configuration, management and monitoring of the IDS system is handled through a web-based dashboard that provides Auburn’s IT staff with access to all devices, which are spread across multiple buildings on campus.

The installation of new Princeton Identity hardware and software are an upgrade to the University’s legacy Princeton Identity system, which was installed in 2011. Since that time, the system has required almost no maintenance. The new platform offers faster processing, a superior software interface, more features, and greater flexibility. Older readers will still be supported, allowing the University to preserve the value of earlier investments.   

Jeff Steele, Associate Director of Facilities and Operations, says “Reaction to the PI system has been overwhelmingly positive. When we give campus tours to prospective students and their parents, the moms and dads are most impressed with it – especially if they are parents of a female student-athlete. They can see that it’s a much stronger system than key or card access.”

Jeff Kohler, Business Development Director at Princeton Identity, says “We are honored to have Auburn University as a long-term partner and customer.  Their adoption of Princeton Identity’s technology demonstrates a team committed to offering both security and convenience to its student-athletes and staff members.”

A full case study of Auburn University’s use of Princeton Identity’s IDS Solution can be found online at

About Princeton Identity

Princeton Identity offers the fastest, simplest and most secure biometric security system on the market. Leading the revolution toward a more intuitive, efficient and natural security experience that keeps people and business moving, Princeton Identity uses iris recognition and other biometric technology to enable businesses, governments and global organizations to streamline identity management, resulting in improved safety and protection. Formerly a division of SRI International, Princeton Identity was established as an independent venture in August 2016. For more information, visit

About Auburn University

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land-grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research and an undergraduate educational experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 29,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn's commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drive a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact. Auburn's mission to educate, discover and collaborate drives its expanding impact on the world. Visit