University of Southampton

  • 18 Aug 2015 09:58

The University's relationship with AMAG Technology began in 2003, and it has now grown to 1500 card readers managed by the Symmetry access control system


The University of Southampton combines academic excellence with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges students and staff in their pursuit of learning.

When the university were looking for a company to try to meet their access control needs, they went through a competitive tendering process using the Official Journal of the European Union and subsequently chose the AMAG Technology Symmetry™ Security Management (SMS) system. The relationship began in 2003, with a project that required 20 doors to be managed by an access control system. The initial part of the project was to remove an old system that was already in place across many of the University of Southampton buildings.

Moving forward it was decided to make the installation an IP based system, to use the extensive network that runs throughout the campus and its buildings. The SMS solution put in place has proved so successful that over the past five years, the system has grown from the original 20 doors to controlling and monitoring over 700 doors.

One of the features that impressed staff at the university was the flexibility when managing the database of access rights. Any Higher Education learning establishment has to enrol thousands of students over a short period of time, managing their data for use with e-mail accounts, library information and in this case, access control rights. The system put in place by AMAG Technology allows the central registry database to be imported directly into the Symmetry SMS solution, saving time and money that would have been required for manual data entry.

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