The Challenge

University of Canterbury had a variety of fragmented security systems in place, which was problematic for security staff, university staff and students alike.

University of Canterbury needed to improve monitoring of access to campus buildings, better track user keys and improve overall security across the University environment.

ECL Group Solution

Initially ECL Group successfully installed the Gallagher - Cardax access control system in a single building. This lead to the rollout of the system to over 80 buildings, covering 1060 doors across the entire campus.

Students and staff are now issued with a photo ID security access card, which doubles as their student/ staff ID and library card. Each card provides access to areas of the University relevant to the individual’s area of study, and also customises access to common areas such as the library, student association, and health and recreation centres.

This system also integrates with use of campus equipment such as photocopiers and computer suites. Security staff monitor the system 24 hours a day from a central security base.

ECL Group system design allows for ease of upgrade, with new doors and access points added as required.

Smart Outcome

All key client expectations were exceeded throughout this project:

A single integrated campus wide security system. monitoring of site and building access through a single Gallagher - Cardax access control the security system links directly to the student data base, allowing security staff greater ability to audit and control access. photo identification reduces the risk of inappropriate access.

University of Canterbury, in partnership with ECL Group, has vastly improved overall security for staff, students and campus assets, where we now maintain 1060 access controlled doors over 80 buildings.

"We have always found their advice and workmanship to be of a very high standard with projects completed on time and within budget"

Pat Keogh
Facilities Management
University of Canterbury