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Auburn University deploys biometric tech from Princeton Identity for access control


Princeton Identity announced that Auburn University in Alabama 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 have been deployed to allow those enrolled in the system access to team locker rooms, eliminating the need for access control cards, fobs, or PIN codes.

The new IDS software is browser based, giving those school administrators responsible for enrolling students and managing the system greater flexibility. 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. Permissions are handled through an integration with the University’s Lenel OnGuard access control system and can be turned off or reactivated without needing to re-enrol.

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 the new biometric hardware and software is an upgrade to the University’s legacy Princeton Identity system, which was installed in 2011 and has required almost no maintenance. According to the announcement, the new platform offers faster processing, a better software interface, more features and greater flexibility. Older readers will still be supported.

“Reaction to the PI system has been overwhelmingly positive,” explains Jeff Steele, associate drector of facilities and operations at Auburn. “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. They can see that it’s a much stronger system than key or card access.”

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

Earlier this year Princeton Identity was awarded three new patents related to iris recognition technology innovations by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which relate to the application of iris authentication beyond traditional physical security.

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