University of Birmingham

Improving the student experience through an integrated access control solution, which provides operational continuity whilst creating a safe and secure environment to live and study in.

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The challenge

The University recently completed its new state-of-the-art student accommodation development, Chamberlain, which consists of a 19-storey tower and three low-rise blocks. An essential requirement was an integrated access control system, reducing the need for keys.

In order to minimise the complexity of managing a new system, the University required a solution that integrated with, or was an extension of, their existing campus access control and accommodation management systems.

The Gallagher solution

A large and complex estate with buildings of different construction and age, the University needed a solution that was flexible enough to accommodate their unique requirements. Gallagher Command Centre, together with the Aperio® wireless locking technology by ASSA ABLOY Access Control, was selected as the University’s preferred choice, meeting their security needs in a cost effective way while still delivering to the overall specification.

The business value

Replacing keys with a combined access and student ID card has reduced operational costs as they now have far fewer keys to purchase and store. The student experience has improved and staff are now free to deal with urgent matters and offer a more personal service. Reports can be easily created to help audit access and both students and staff now have a much more modern and secure place to live and work.

“The arrivals process is now less congested and more relaxed. The team have far fewer issues than with physical keys, enabling them to spend more time on the overall student experience.”

Timothy Owen, General Manager of Student Accommodation, University of Birmingham

Fast facts

Industry: Education
Business type: University
Number of employees: 10,000
Number of students: 30,000
Site size: Approximately half-a-million square meters of floors space in over 200 buildings, and over 250 acres of grounds and sports fields.
Number of doors: 6,000

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