Ilco Unican's millennium provides smart security at Memorial University

May 2000 Access Control & Identity Management

Philip Smith, Investigations Officer with Campus Enforcement and Patrol at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's), is implementing Ilco Unican's millennium access control system one building at a time. While doing so, he's adding some unique twists.

To enter a building, students, faculty members and university employees swipe a multi-technology card, referred to as the MUM Smartcard, through an Ilco Unican lock. The magnetic stripe is used for access control via the millennium system while the Schlumberger smartcard portion serves as a debit card for photocopy machines, food concessions, parking lots and phone card with the local provider.

"We now have four academic and three residential buildings on our Windows-based Ilco Unican millennium access control system," reports Smith. "At present, we are using the system exclusively for access control of the exterior doors. Very likely, though, we will take the system further at some point. We leave the doors open from 07h00 to 23h00 during the week and until 18:00 on weekends. At the appropriate time, doors automatically lock. That saves time. Our Memorial foot patrol can then concentrate on patrolling interiors."

When and if a door is left open or even ajar, an alarm system sounds and patrols immediately check out the problem. Although these buildings are now integrated into the on-line system, some additional buildings won't be.

"We have a couple of remote buildings which will be standalone in nature. However, they will still use the same cards and users won't know the difference," says Smith. Even with the individual Ilco Unican standalone systems, audit trails and time zones can be incorporated. All of the major attributes of the on-line system are available except realtime monitoring. As importantly, the standalone units can be easily incorporated in the millennium system at any time.

Both the on-line and future standalone systems incorporate flexible time zones and access groups, including holiday and vacation blocks. In standard configuration, Smith can control up to 100 access points with up to 10 000 users and 2000 audit records per access point from a single PC. Importantly, all locks and readers will work even if the main PC loses power or gets separated from the rest of the system.

For details contact Bernard Fournier of Ilco Unican on tel: (091) 514 735 5410, fax: (091) 514 735 8862, e-mail: or visit

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