New York Department of corrections secures Ilco Unican's Millenium for noninmate access control

May 2000 Access Control & Identity Management

To better protect noninmate areas such as the pharmacy, commissary and state shops within its 70 facilities, the New York State Department of Corrections has begun implementing Ilco Unican's Millennium access control system. The Millennium system, utilising Marlok infrared keys as well as card technologies, is an on-line security management system created to manage multiple access control functions and applications.

The Department was looking for a multifaceted system. First of all, it needed to document when people entered the secured areas. Instead of replacing present hardware, the new system needed to integrate with it and the Department's PCs. Lastly, the system had to upgrade or expand easily.

According to Peter Burl, Director of Purchasing for the Department, the great thing about the Millennium system is that security personnel who may need to activate the Marlok keys at any individual facility can do so separately from the main system. The device that activates them is connected to each of their computers. By having this feature and all administrators trained on how to use it, no outside source is required to maintain the system. In addition, each individual access can store information and make decisions, even if disconnected from the main system. The Department has also trained it own people on the system to be self-sufficient, able to maintain, troubleshoot and fix any prospective system problems.

The system has been such a success, according to Burl, that the state correctional administrators are requesting to migrate the system into 27 more facilities beyond the original 17. Once complete, over 700 people will be under the security of the Millennium system. They are looking to expand beyond the pharmacy, commissary and state shops as well.

For details contact Michael Kincaid of Ilco Unican on tel: (091) 514 735 5410 or

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