St. Mary Magdalene Academy is situated on Liverpool Road in Islington and specialises, unusually, in Humanities and Global Citizenship. The academy sets ambitious targets for its pupils and facilitates the achievement of such targets with the very best teaching staff and cutting edge technology, including a computerised tracking and assessment system that allows teachers to monitor the individual progress of their pupils.
St. Mary's wanted to take their use of technology a step further by monitoring and controlling access to the academy and different areas within it, ensuring the safety and security of all pupils and staff on a day to day basis. They‘d already installed a fingerprint recognition access control system for staff, but inaccurate fingerprint readers had prevented its effective use. They contacted West London Security to solve the problem.
St Mary’s tasked West London Security with installing a new, networked fingerprint recognition access control system and expanding its cover to approximately 25 fingerprint readers, to be positioned at the main entrance and various doors around the building. They wanted to enable staff to access the building and individual rooms such as classrooms, offices and staff rooms, simply by placing their finger on the reader.
The academy also required the ability to monitor access of their facilities via integrated computer software, as well as the freedom to expand the use of the system in the future. They hoped at some point to go from simply controlling access rights and monitoring times and attendance, to controlling and recording the use of office equipment such as filing cabinets, photocopiers, access to the library and even cashless payments in the canteen.
West London Security were able to utilise the existing ‘backbone’ of the original fingerprint recognition system, installing their own custom-built system with updated fingerprint readers for greater accuracy. Along with the fingerprint readers, the new system also incorporated swipe card readers which will soon facilitate cashless payments in the academy’s canteen.
The work at St. Mary Magdalene Academy was done during the summer holiday to avoid any disruption to teaching. Utilising the original cabling also meant less damage to the fabric of the building and a quicker installation.
The installation of the new fingerprint readers and access control system was carried out over a period of just two weeks and St. Mary’s were delighted with the reliability of the West London Security’s fingerprint recognition technology, which does everything they need and more.
Ian Ship, Director of Finance & Administration at St Mary’s, is confident that the new system will allow the academy to further boost their reputation as one of the capital’s leading centres of education and ensure the safety of their staff and pupils for many years to come.
The future scope for swipe cards and cashless payments that West London Security have built in, was a key factor in securing the project and we’re looking forward to being able to work with the academy again in the near future.
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