University Campus

College and universities require an integrated and manageable approach to security that benefits the entire campus community. A comprehensive security solution should seamlessly combine staff feedback, video surveillance, access control and other security-related functions to ensure the safety of students, staff and faculty, and to protect a variety of physical assets from books to buildings, vehicles to lab equipment, medical machinery and information storage. Maxxess systems are used in higher education facilities around the globe including Loyola University, Open University and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

The Challenge:

  • Apply the best technology from the electronic security and emergency management areas to the needs of the campus
  • Provide a single, integrated environment for data collection, analysis, reporting and communication in emergency environments
  • Ensure timely and consistent security and emergency communication throughout the campus
  • Develop a crisis management plan 
  • Protect the university’s assets including IP
  • Provide LDAP and role-based access control for the enterprise
  • Provide support for multi-protocol systems
  • Make open areas more secure. Maintain an open feeling, while keeping a tight security structure 
  • Timely access to actionable information
  • Institute a see something, say something culture
  • Comply with all privacy laws 
  • Minimize costs of litigation
  • Maintain a consistent set of policies and procedures
  • Provide significant operational benefits in addition to required emergency response function

Access Control and Other Challenges:

  • Extend access control throughout the campus in a cost-effective manner
  • Integrate with other security and non-security systems 
  • Improve security in open areas of the campus

The Maxxess Solution:

Extend access control throughout the campus easily and cost-effectively

Maxxess provides cost-effective access control administration and management to the entire facility--including often unsecured interior doors, remote doors, medicine storage areas, lockers, server cabinets and padlocks--without the need to add wiring or expensive wireless infrastructure or compromise functionality.

Most college and university facilities do not include all doors on secure access control systems because of the high cost, which can run $2,500 or more per door “plus cable & labor.” Maxxess has the capability to add these doors at a significantly lower cost, as low as $400/reader. 

We accomplish this via the integration of our eFusion security management platform to the Salto Data on Card Virtual Network system.

This integration provides a virtual network that uses the ID credential to store the cardholder’s door access permissions and eliminates the need to add expensive wireless infrastructure or hard-wire the access control system to every door and reader.  

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Integrate with other security and non-security systems:

Our systems have been used to provide not only a rigorous level of security but to improve workforce coordination. We are one of the few security system manufacturers that can tout ROI rather than cost of implementation.

Outlined here is a representative sample of integrations that Maxxess has implemented using its eFusion universal security management platform:

We integrate to Active Directory and provide LDAP and role-based access control for the University. For example: when a professor comes in he or she has to present their card at the door prior to logging into the network, ensuring that the person logging in is the correct person. This is also used with students to check that they have accessed the building or dorm to which they are registered, prior to logging into the network.

We provide support for multi-protocol systems.

We are a leader in integrating access control, time and attendance, ID badging, fire alarm, video and integrating the various silos of responsibility.

We implement scalable, open controller architecture--from single point to 64-door controllers.

We improve overall safety and security by helping the organization institute a see something, say something culture and giving the administration timely access to actionable information.

We have instituted a two-way adaptive crisis management plan that can be tested and improved directly from the security system output.

We have integrated the access control card to other payment options such as cashless vending machines, cafeteria, parking, and library checkout systems. 

We have developed dual-access control systems, in which the second system handles administrators who want to establish their own access permissions for entry into their area.

We have integrated to VMS systems distributing hot alerts to staff and bringing up the relevant camera so security can visually follow and audit the response.

We have integrated to machinery to monitor that the machines are working correctly and if there is a failure we send an email to the maintenance staff. In one application we monitored testing of petroleum bits.  If the process stopped, we gave notice to the project manager and showed the playback from the camera monitoring the test so that the program manager could quickly ascertain what caused the situation.

We monitor cleaning of machines and rooms by using RFID stickers to ensure cleaning schedules are maintained and only authorized personnel can remove machinery.

Our ambit system allows administrators to take the pulse of the university at any time.

We have automated evacuation and mustering, as well as providing a special reporting display from the muster station.

At a clean room facility, we provide control to limit the number of workers in a clean area. 

At another university clean room facility we don’t give anyone who has entered one clean room facility the ability to enter a second clean room area, thereby eliminating cross-contamination.

We have integrated to computer room monitoring systems.

We have integrated relevant financial programs, such as asset management.

Our systems have been used to improve workforce coordination. 

Improve security in open areas with patented, powerful tools.

Did you or one of your staff ever “feel” that something was wrong? That you were uncomfortable? Maxxess latest innovation, ambit, is designed to capture that sixth sense, that perception of danger and provide the organization with as much anticipation time as possible.

The ambit system harnesses your staff’s understanding, experience and all of the human senses to make observations, choices and decisions about any situation that they encounter, including anticipating danger.

ambit offers situational awareness, collective intuition, greater incident anticipation and the possibility of pre-emptive response.

In doing so, ambit empowers your staff and creates a sense of community.

With ambit, every staff member can communicate and see something, say something.

It also allows the university to provide a shared awareness and perspective of a current important situation to the entire campus community including administration, faculty, staff, students and even parents, enabling rapid and accurate response to all security situations.

ambit extends the university’s security reach beyond the bounds of the campus, dramatically increasing the security coverage to include a variety off-campus facilities. 

The ambit technology opens up a whole new sphere of safety and security intelligent sensing. 

ambit provides heat maps for a clear view of activity in multiple sectors, quickly and intuitively. Conversely the campus community can use ambit to report robberies, confrontations or other emergency situations on and near the campus.

ambit helps the university maintain a consistent set of policies and procedures. Its audit trail function protects the organization and minimizes costs of litigation.

Best of all ambit does not require any new infrastructure and provides for customer privacy.