Smart Locks Go To School at Northwestern University

Smart Locks Go To School at Northwestern UniversitySmart locks are a great addition to your home security setup, allowing you to grant access to petsitters or cleaning people from anywhere. But your graduating high-schooler may use the same tech when they hit school at the end of this summer.

Northwestern University in the Chicago suburbs is using Wi-Fi locks to make it easier for students to get where they need to be going with just one card. They can tap the card on their dorm room door to get in, tap it at the library to reserve a study room and tap it at the science lab to test a late night hypothesis.

Plus, it’s a boon for the security of a demographic that has a habit of misplacing things.

“That one ID makes it easy for everyone,” Roger Becks, director of administrative services for Northwestern University, told CR80News. “We have the ability to shut off access once we know a card is missing. Within 10 minutes, a new card can be activated and the old card is shut off from the system.”

Since the lock are connected via Wi-Fi, the new system didn’t need extensive rewiring across campus. The Sargent IN120 locks just tap into the blanket of Wi-Fi found at any modern university, instead of the traditional proprietary network most locks use as a security measure.

With one card, student can be granted access to anywhere on campus by tweaking their settings. So when a grad student is working with dangerous chemicals, they don’t need to add a new key to a keyring that has a chance of being lost or stolen. And if that student drops out of the class, there’s no need to track them down to get the key back.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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