The ID card access system at Stanford University has made significant strides over the pat year by incorporating all first-year dorms and a number of upperclass residences into one system. There is also an increased security feature of an electronic door access system that requires the swipe of a student ID card to gain entry.
According to Executive Director of Student Housing, Rodger Whitney, the ID card access system is part of a University-wide project intended to improve building management and security. The implementation of the ID swipe system is the first phase of the program, which will eventually combine meal plans and other applications into one ID card.
The system also allows residents to cancel access rights in the event of a lost card. Additional features include audible door alarms, alerts sent via text message when doors are not closed properly, the ability to post alert messages to students and the ability for remote management – all so the building can be made more secure. While the card access system will not be installed in any more buildings this year, additional phases will be developed as budget, schedule and further approvals permit. The program will continue until all residences—and eventually all campus facilities—are covered by card access, Whitney said.
Because the card readers operate using a thin wire spread through the card, Whitney also stressed the importance of ID card maintenance, including refraining from punching holes in them.
News Source: Stanford Daily