Yale University realizes Access Control vision with AMAG Technology

AMAG Technology's Symmetry SR Retrofit System provided Yale an affordable migration path, giving them everything they needed in an integrated unified security system.

Securing a prestigious, historic university that is located in a busy, urban area produces challenges. High expectations by students, parents and staff, combined with today’s security and environmental challenges, demand an exceptional security program.

With an attitude to continuously improve, Yale’s Public Safety Department developed a security outreach, education and awareness plan and reduced theft by 80 percent over the past five years. From a technology perspective, their security system had reached the end of its life. To continue to provide a high level of security, the Director of Information Technology, David Boyd, and Chief of Police & Director of Public Safety, Ronnell Higgins, along with a selected team of Yale stakeholders, decided to upgrade their legacy Casi Rusco Picture Perfect System to AMAG Technology’s Symmetry SR Retrofit System. A true partnership was born between AMAG and Yale.

“[AMAG Technology] worked closely with us through each phase of our upgrade and listened to what we needed to successfully secure our campus. I value the relationship and recommend Symmetry for any campus environment.”

David Boyd, Director of Information Technology, Yale University

The old Picture Perfect microboards were replaced with Symmetry Retrofit panels. Given that there are almost 900 controllers throughout the University to swap out, Yale took a building-by-building approach to upgrade to Symmetry and chose to vet all users in the process

AMAG’s Professional Services team wrote a customized interface to Yale’s proprietary internal database to easily pull data into the Symmetry Access Control system. Deployment was simple. The integrator tested the old system and scheduled the changeover for each building. They then swapped out the old micros for the new SR controllers, plugged each one in and the panel can go live in a matter of minutes.

Between students and staff, the number of changes being made to the system on a daily basis demanded a streamlined approach. Symmetry CONNECT minimized cumbersome paper and multiple email requests, improving efficiency and saving money for Yale.

To read the full article, which was featured in the May issue of Campus Life and Life Safety Magazine, please click here (PDF 271.4 KB).