The University of Texas at Austin

Campus Security Systems

Types of Campus Security System Services

Traditional Door Access

Access to sensitive areas of the university has traditionally been controlled by locks and keys. Other solutions have been put in place over the years such as "insertion type" readers that use a card specifically programmed to open the doors, and various stand-alone keypad and swipe card locks. These systems continue to work well in many areas of campus.

Building Access Control System (BACS)

BACS is an enterprise security and door access solution. The back-end servers are fully redundant, and door access is controlled by local controllers making the system highly reliable. In addition, BACS allows users to gain access to secure areas using a special version of the university ID card, called a proximity card, which is issued by the ID Center.

The system provides the following benefits:

  • A proximity card reader located near each door — an authorized card placed within 4 inches of the reader will unlock the door

  • Doors can be placed on a schedule, allowing free and restricted access at various times.

  • Access is departmentally controlled via a secure Web interface.

  • High security doors can be monitored by UTPD.

  • UTPD can access door access records in case of loss or theft.

  • Includes a door-locking mechanism that works with the system.

Intrusion Detection - Protecting an Area After Hours

Intrusion detection systems provide after-hours protection in areas such as offices and classrooms. Typical systems include:

  • Keypads to arm and disarm the system.

  • Motion sensors.

  • Door contacts to detect state of door (open/closed).

If unauthorized entry is made, an alarm signal will be transmitted to UTPD.

Property Protection

Property protection can be used to safeguard valuable devices such as computers, monitors, and printers. This type of alarm normally consists of a fiber optic loop or cat5 wire that creates a secure link. This link is armed at all times. If the link is broken UTPD will receive an alarm signal.

Panic/Duress Buttons - Ensuring Personal Safety

Panic buttons, also known as duress buttons, are installed for personal safety in areas where a threat may be possible. Pressing a panic/duress button sends a silent alarm signal to UTPD. This alarm carries priority status and requires approval from UTPD.

Video Security

Digital images from one or more remote cameras are transmitted using closed circuit TV or DVR recording. These devices are available for use in security-sensitive areas. Please make sure to use the form listed under Video Security when ordering.

Last updated December 10, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

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