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Boston College to change campus security system

Boston College is planning a change to its campus safety and security system after announcing a three-year effort that will include card access to academic and administrative buildings, as well as new Wi-Fi locks for student residence halls.

According to a release from the university, the upgrade was approved by Boston College’s Board of Trustees last month and will begin the implementation process this fall semester. In addition to offering prox, mag stripe and PIN code technology on all residence hall door locks, the upgrade also calls for security cameras to monitor residence hall exits and the installation of exit-delay devices on exterior doors in residence halls to prevent door propping.

The new security measures will also include upgraded blue light phones and security cameras placed around campus along with a new dispatch center and radio system for Boston College Police.

“Adding card access and perimeter alarms to exterior doors in academic buildings will make all buildings safer,” says Boston College’s executive director of campus security and chief of police, John King. “Replacing the current PIN code door locks in residence halls with a the CCURE 9000 Wi-Fi system with added swipe and prox capabilities will provide added security for students.

The security upgrade will be overseen by Stanley Security. The first phase of the overhaul will include a Wi-Fi lock trial at one of Boston College’s residence halls during the winter break, installation of delayed-egress devices and security cameras at select residence halls, and security upgrades to campus libraries. The new radio system will also be installed for Boston College Police.

Upon completion of the first phase, the installation of Wi-Fi card readers on remaining residence halls will be conducted, upgrades will be made to the BCPD Command Center and new blue light emergency phones will be installed throughout campus.

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