Access Control System Upgrade
ACS Upgrade Overview:
As part of an ongoing effort to make UMass Lowell's community more safe and secure, the UCard, Access and Parking Services (UCAPS) Office is performing a major upgrade to the campus Access Control System (ACS).
The current system, Millennium Enterprise, has been at the University since 1998 and started as an exterior card access system for the residence halls. Over the past 14 years, the system has grown into a full-fledge program that secures the majority of our buildings exterior doors, residence halls, computer labs and parking gates. As we continue to grow the system, it has become inherently clear that more integration with surveillance cameras and intrusion alarm systems is needed, as well as offer more robust features and greater expediency.
Over the course of June and July 2012, UCAPS is replacing the entire system to better prepare the entire campus and new Police Dispatch Center for the future.
New System and Upgrade Timeline
Over the course of the past year, a sub-committee of the Police Chief's Advisory Board met to review the needs of the campus and has decided to move to Lenel OnGuard which will meet the vision of today and the future. Most importantly, the Police Dispatch Center will no longer need to have several utilities and monitors to respond to issues across campus, and all card access, video surveillance and intrusion systems will be directed to one consolidated system.
The Lenel conversion will occur to all buildings on the following schedule:
|June 26||Allen House|
|June 26||Coburn Hall|
|June 26||South Dining Hall|
|June 26||Weed Hall|
|June 27||Mahoney Hall|
|June 27||O'Leary Library|
|June 27||Concordia/Sheehy Hall|
|June 28||Dugan Hall|
|June 29||Aiken Street (Perkins Lot)|
|June 29||Ames Textile|
|June 29||Campus Recreation Center|
|June 29||Tsongas Center|
|July 2||Cumnock Hall|
|July 2||Eames Hall|
|July 2||Lydon Library|
|July 3||Ball Hall|
|July 9||Costello Athletic Center|
|July 10||North Quad (Southwick, Pasteur, Falmouth, Kitson and Perry Halls)|
|July 11||Fox Hall|
|July 11||Inn & Conference Center (ICC)|
|July 12||Pinanski Hall|
|July 13||Costello Athletic Center|
|July 16||McGauvran Student Union|
|July 17||Olsen Hall|
|July 18||Bourgeois Hall|
|July 19||Olney Hall Floors B, 1, 2|
|July 20||Olney Hall Floors 3, 4, 5|
|July 23||Durgin Hall|
|July 24||Wannalancit Business Center (Cabot and Suffolk)|
|July 25||Bourgeois Hall|
|July 25||Leitch Hall|
|TBA||Bellegarde Boat House|
For frequently asked questions and information on the ACS upgrade, please see our FAQ page.
In addition to replacing our ACS, we are also looking to upgrade the physical cards across campus. Currently, the University primarily uses an older technology that has certain limitations and is more costly to purchase. Over the next few years, we plan to upgrade all UCards to an expandable iClass solution which offers more security and options for the future.
This upgrade will be performed in two phases: replacing the readers and replacing the UCards. Most cards that have been printed after 2007 already have the newer technology, but all cards before this will eventually need to be replaced.
For frequently asked questions and information on the UCard upgrade, please see our FAQ page.