History of Longwood University’s Access Control System
In February 2000, Longwood University's Board of Visitors approved the University's commitment to maintaining the highest level of safety and security on campus and provided its unanimous support for the improvements detailed in the update on Campus Security & Safety and for the budget amendments being submitted to the General Assembly on behalf of the University.
At that time, the University's security installation project was underway. The initial security system allowed controlled access into computer labs and 9 residential halls, monitoring of door forced and door held alarms, and audible fire and trouble alarms from residence halls to the Police Department. The need for identification cards to gain access into secure areas instigated the creation of the photo "ID Center" which began issuing ID cards to faculty, staff, and students. The DuoProx II ID card that is still in circulation today expanded tremendously and accommodates a multitude of uses across the campus. These include printing, library services, dining hall meal plans, FAB bus service, and entrance into our new Recreation Center as well as access into campus buildings.
In August 2010, Longwood began utilizing the ID card as a ca$h card and changed the name from "ID Center" to "LancerCard Center" to accentuate this development. Students and employees can now put funds on their ID card for use in laundry and vending machines as well as at off campus establishments for purchases.
Also at that time, the office of Integrated Security Systems (ISS) was created to handle the growth of the security system. One of the main uses of the LancerCard is for physical access into buildings across campus. Access control is now solely handled by the ISS office, a division of the Police Department. Alarms continue to be monitored 24 hours a day by Police Department personnel to provide continuity of emergency response from our police officers. Access into our parking garage, computer labs, residential halls, and academic buildings continues to be controlled by the Lenel security system.
Since the security system's inception, we have expanded tremendously both in our needs and functions. The initial 42 readers in the residential halls have grown to over 500 in buildings throughout the Longwood campus. In addition to the 40 cameras located at the Landings complex, a new video surveillance system was installed in 2010 and is expanding rapidly, which enhances the capabilities of securing the Longwood campus. Convenience, safety, and security for the campus community was and remains the foremost goal for this progression while utilizing the current technology available.
Overall, Longwood's security management system has exceeded the expectations of the University by maintaining the highest level of security for our students, faculty, and staff. By utilizing Lenel On-Guard's innovative design combined with new technology, we are bringing Longwood University into the future world of an ever changing security market.