One card is all it takes

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A personal ID card takes students through their studies and daily life at Quinnipiac University.

When students begin their studies at the university they receive a personal ID card that allows them to open doors to their dormitory and other campus buildings. It’s also what they use in the campus cafeteria and vending machines, when they borrow books from the library and do their laundry.

Located next to Sleeping Giant Mountain in Connecticut, only 90 minutes from New York City, Quinnipiac’s campus is an architectural gallery of modern brick buildings and sweeping lawns. And what’s more, Quinnipiac University is a true ASSA ABLOY campus.

“The 32 buildings and 11 residence halls exclusively use our products,” says Ed Wassmer, I-lock specialist at ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. “That includes the latest SARGENT Powered by PERSONA Wi-Fi lock which hooks up to the campus’s existing wireless network.”

ASSA ABLOY has been able to test or beta-test Wi-Fi and other software interfacing solutions on the campus, which allows new technologies to go to market more quickly.

Ed’s work is made easier by good relationships and well-established communication among university departments. All benefit from good control over the campus and the ability to simply delete a missing or lost card in the system, as well as upgrade products easily and cost-efficiently.

When Quinnipiac equipped its first residence hall with a new SARGENT Powered by PERSONA campus card lock and PERSONA campus software, the feedback from students living in other buildings was so strong that the university converted all the other halls the following summer.

“It’s a challenge to create a warm and inviting campus and give the students a good quality of life and sense of freedom,” says Rick Eisen, business development manager - university at ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. “Yet the university has a responsibility to its students and
staff to provide a safe environment.”