Champlain College Saint-Lambert upgrades access control system with Kaba

Champlain College Saint-Lambert upgrades access control system with Kaba


The Champlain College Saint-Lambert is one of the three Champlain Regional College campuses that serve the English-speaking residents of Quebec, and is home to approximately 2,700 students.

Back in 2003, the students proposed a keyless access control solution to address lost and mishandled keys, Kaba Solitaire 850 Locks were installed on doors at the student center, and students were provided magnetic stripe card credentials. To gain access into a room, students simply swiped the card through the lock. During the initial installation period, the mag-stripe cards were enrolled at the door, but eventually the student center migrated to a software-managed lock where the programming was done via netbook computer

Nearly ten years later, Champlain College renovated some of its buildings including club offices and lounges as well as added a nursing facility. During that project, Solitaire locks were removed from the doors, and in some instances, the locks were cut or ripped off the doors. Several Solitaire locks were sent back to the factory for repair and other locks were rebuilt and upgraded on the doors at the student center.


Kaba Solitaire 850 Locks served the Champlain College student center for almost a decade. While tried and true, an upgrade program allowed the student center to keep their initial lock investment and mag-stripe cards, while expanding access control capabilities and streamlining operations.

With the implementation of new Enterprise Software, the student center gained real-time functionality of events, centralized access control management, global lockdown or passage of locks – and all with a few stokes on the keyboard. The Enterprise Solution is a three-part hardware and software upgrade package that adds Enterprise Software to a central workstation, wireless antennas and circuit boards to existing locks, and Gateway/Routers to communicate from the server to the locks.

With Enterprise Software, the school can assign access schedules, manage visitors, create access groups, create reports, and pull an audit trail without leaving his desk. The Enterprise System allows them to create Door Groups such as Interior Doors, assign specific doors to Door Groups, and then users and access schedules to doors.

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