UK College Gets Access to ACT Door Solutions

The Sheffield City College is a multisite campus with a student population of 23,000 spread over three locations. Its courses include entry level and higher academic education, as well as vocational study.

The ACT controllers have been installed on more than 150 doors, primarily in building entrances. ACT has open-system credentials integrated with third-party readers and customized software to function alongside the university's enrollment system.

ACT's developers created a synchronization tool which has facilitated an XML drop by which the college enrollment database populates the software without any rekeying or risk of duplication. Even a conservative estimate indicates there has been a saving of 23 man days per year which would otherwise have been spent on data entry.

Installation of the ACT door controllers is ongoing, and the units will be used extensively at the newest location, the US$92.1 million Sheffield City College supported by funding from the Learning and Skills Council. The new building, which features a striking seven-storey tower and glass atrium, has more than 50 teaching rooms including training hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, a catering wing and restaurant for the public, student refectory and a learning resource center The building will be completed in September 2010 and has been praised for green energy usage based on solar panels and wind turbines.

Students with impaired mobility are able to activate the door controllers through proximity scanning of their cards at turnstiles. The project is IP-addressable throughout and CCS have also installed networked surveillance, the cameras being a mixture of static and dome units from Dedicated Micros and eneo. There is a dedicated 24-hour surveillance monitoring center at Hillsborough College to the north of Sheffield city center. Like all crucial site areas, this is fitted with the ACT door controllers.

The two-door controllers used here are expandable to 16 doors using door stations. The units are networkable to 2,000 doors and can be used with "Clock and Data" and Wiegand readers.

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