Access Control at the University of Gdansk, Poland

Proximity readers, door stations and door controllers from Access Control Technology have been installed in residential accommodation at the University of Gdansk, Poland.

The university has 33,000 students across eleven faculties and 1,700 staff. Residents at two of the university’s accommodation blocks have been issued with access control cards to access their rooms using ACT’s ACT-pro-X 1030 proximity mullion readers. The equipment has been implemented in two stages, with the second order being made by ACT’s local partner, Janex International, based on the build quality and problem-free performance of the units in the first phase.

The readers are being used in conjunction with ACTpro 2000 two-door controllers which are expandable to 16 doors using ACTpro door stations. These controllers allow RS232 or RS485 PC connection with support for ‘Clock & Data’ and ‘Wiegand’ format readers. The university is also using ACTpro 100 single door stations which allow use of up to 14 door stations with each ACTpro 2000 controller. These door stations offer facility managers programmable inputs and outputs, and auxiliary relay output for situations such as door forced, door ajar or duress.

The multi-storey residential halls accommodate both undergraduates and post-graduates including foreign students participating in the British Council’s Erasmus programme which enables people in higher education to study for part of their degree in 31 European countries. Installation of the ACT equipment has been in two stages and has involved two local integrators, MEGREZ Gdansk and Autoryzowany Zakład Instalacji Antywłamaniowych “El-mig” of the neighbouring city Gdynia.

The University of Gdansk prides itself on being particularly accessible to students with special mobility needs, and the flexible mounting heights achievable with the ACT proximity readers are of value to wheelchair-users. Almost 500 students and 50 staff members at the university have specific needs and this is reflected in provision of multiple ramps and accommodation with reduced-height configuration.

Janex International is a major distributor and importer of equipment in sectors including access control, CCTV, burglary prevention, public address and fire in Poland and adjacent countries. The company has 18 years’ experience. It is respected for high levels of product training and post-sales support. Janex International is prominent at Poland’s national security trade fair, Securex, held bi-annually in Poznan.

Mr Serge Tureau, Export Sales Manager at ACT, said: “The ACTpro system is ACT’s largest and most expandable range which allows for installations covering 4,000 doors if necessary. It has enabled authorities at the University of Gdansk to create an interconnected hierarchy of access privileges across multiple sites, defining user and time zones for management and students employing ACT software.”