New Iris Recognition Technology Installed at Auburn University

The new technology will be used to secure the athletic facilities and help eliminate the need for access control cards, fobs, or PIN codes.

New Iris Recognition Technology Installed at Auburn University

This new iris recognition technology is an upgrade to the university's system that was installed in 2011.

Auburn University has updated and expanded the biometric identity system it uses to secure areas within its athletic facilities.

Princeton Identity’s new IDS software and Access200 iris readers allow student-athletes, coaches and other affiliated team members enrolled in the system to unlock the doors to team locker rooms by glancing at small reader panels mounted outside each entrance, according to an announcement.

As athletes and coaches rarely carry personal items with them onto the field, the Princeton Identity system eliminates the need for access control cards, fobs, or PIN codes, which can be difficult to manually enter when carrying equipment. It also increases security.

Biometric credentials make it impossible for students to share cards or codes with others, while the system’s convenience factor reduces the desire for students to leave doors propped open for easier access.

“We are honored to have Auburn University as a long-term partner and customer,” says Jeff Kohler, business development director at Princeton Identity. “Their adoption of Princeton Identity’s technology demonstrates a team committed to offering both security and convenience to its student-athletes and staff members.”

The new IDS software is browser-based, providing greater flexibility to school administrators responsible for enrolling students and managing the system. The system’s Access200e enrollment camera is a stand-alone unit that can be plugged into any network jack without need for special software or drivers, allowing enrollment to occur from any web-enabled device, including tablets and laptops.

Permissions are handled through integration with the university’s Lenel OnGuard access control system. When students leave a team or graduate, their permissions are turned off. However, as iris signatures remain stable over time if students or staff return to the program — even years later — there is no need for re-enrollment. Their permissions are simply reactivated.

System configuration, management and monitoring of the IDS system is handled through a web-based dashboard that provides Auburn’s IT staff with access to all devices, which are spread across multiple buildings on campus.

The installation of new Princeton Identity hardware and software is an upgrade to the university’s legacy Princeton Identity system, which was installed in 2011. Since that time, the system has required almost no maintenance. The new platform offers faster processing, a superior software interface, more features and greater flexibility, according to the company.

Older readers will still be supported, allowing the university to preserve the value of earlier investments.

“Reaction to the PI system has been overwhelmingly positive. When we give campus tours to prospective students and their parents, the moms and dads are most impressed with it — especially if they are parents of a female student-athlete,” says the university’s Jeff Steele, associate director of facilities and operations. “They can see that it’s a much stronger system than key or card access.”

This article originally ran in Campus Safety’s sister publication Security Sales & Integration. 

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