Western Oregon University Secures Campus With 500+ Schlage Computer-Managed (CM) and COBRA Locks

Electronic Locksets Heighten Security, Save Time and Money at State's Oldest University

FORESTVILLE, CONN. – November 24, 2003 – IR Security & Safety today announced that Western Oregon University is using approximately 300 Schlage “Locknetics on Board” Computer-Managed (CM) locking systems and more than 220 Schlage COBRA locks to secure the campus, including residence halls, labs and classrooms. The university began installing the CM and COBRA locks about three years ago.

"We were interested in reducing the expense and hassle of rekeying manual locks," says Ed Camacho, key shop supervisor for the university. "We have up to four students in each dorm room and any time someone lost a key, everything had to be replaced. It cost the university approximately $100 for each rekey incident."

University officials chose the Schlage CM and COBRA locks for their simplicity and durability, Camacho adds. "We realized an immediate savings with the electronic locks. If someone loses a key fob, it only affects that individual. We simply reprogram the lost credential out of each locking system it previously accessed."

Western Oregon University recently added Schlage CM993 exit trim to the exterior of every building on campus. These standalone locking systems provide features similar to online, networked systems. Whatever the credential used, one intuitive, user-friendly software programs all—the locks, access trim, strikes and magnets—from a laptop or PDA. New users, access points and access privileges can be entered into the system in seconds. The locks also provide an audit trail and work with card credentials and keyfobs as well as keypads.

Schlage COBRA locks can store up to 100 3- to 8-digit user codes and allow university locksmiths to easily add or delete codes in seconds. Until it receives an authorized code, the clutching lever simply gives way, discouraging vandals and others from breaking it to gain entry. The COBRA operates on four off-the-shelf, AA alkaline batteries, which provide 80,000-plus cycles or approximately three years life.

The university's three new residence halls use CM locking systems with HID proximity card plus PIN code access on the two exterior doors of each building. Each quad, consisting of four individual bedrooms, has a CM lock with proximity card-only access. The four individual bedrooms have COBRA locks installed.

Students use proximity keyfobs to access one of two entry points to enter the older residence halls. Each room then has a standalone CM lock at the door, requiring a 3-digit PIN.

A key feature of the CM locks is their audit trail capability. So far, there have been several incidents where Camacho has been able to produce audit trails to find out who has accessed a particular area. "Once the word got out that the locks produce these audits, we have had no further incidents," he reports.

The locks also make it possible for students to access buildings after-hours without requiring security guards. Students also like the locks, because they don't have to carry around so many keys, he adds.

The CM locks have not only increased security at the campus, but they have cut down on Camacho's workload as well. Camacho programs the CM locks with an IR-specified Hewlett-Packard personal digital assistant (PDA). Camacho uses student workers to help with some of his work, and the CM locks are so easy to program that he can train his assistants very quickly.

The CM locks can be programmed only to open during certain time periods. The first person to open the door puts in the toggle and then the locks are automatically scheduled to relock at a specified time. Security personnel do not need to be present to lock the doors.

The university plans to put more CM locks in academic buildings so that students have access to labs after hours. “More and more labs are requesting the CM locks,” Camacho says, “and new CM locks are constantly being added.”

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University is the oldest campus in the Oregon State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1856 by pioneers who crossed the Oregon Trail, the university today serves more than 4,000 students. It offers 30 bachelor’s and three master’s degrees through its two schools, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. It also offers one of the only four-year accredited teacher education programs in the state.

About IR Security & Safety’s Electronic Access Control Division
Since 1969, IR Security & Safety’s Electronic Access Control Division (EACD) has provided premium electronic access control solutions, including electromagnetic locks, monitoring consoles, electromechanical locks and strikes, electrical and electronic exit devices, power supplies and controllers to security professionals and their customers. Leading brands such as Recognition Systems, Schlage, “Locknetics on Board” and Von Duprin comprise the Electronic Access Control Division of IR Security and Safety, which serves an international clientele from its headquarters in Forestville, Conn. Phone is 866-322-1237. The IR website is www.irco.com.

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