The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research driven and design oriented technology university with international reach which especially aims at educating young people at university level within the field of ‘engineering science & technology’. The TU/e offers its students and employees an international and academic study and work climate, which means an intellectually stimulating study and work climate, which inspires its students to achieve broad personal development, to social and cultural engagement and to an enterprising attitude.
The Aim of the Technology
The TU/e has a large number of buildings on its private property which should be open to the public, students and employees. The TU/e would like to radiate “an open character” which leads to the necessity of properly screening off the locations which need to remain closed such as offices, labs and research rooms. It is necessary that the provision of keys is done in a good, reliable and safe way. It is also necessary that the entry procedures which are already available are provided by a computerized key management system.
The culture of the employees and students at the TU/e was the biggest challenge for the TU/e security department. Many keys were in circulation and they had not all been registered. Keys were often passed from hand to hand and the necessity to lock up rooms became more and more of a topic of interest. “Given the size of the university building and the large numbers of keys and master keys being in circulation they looked for an alternative for the provision of keys with registration. The KeyWatcher® has these features.”
Morse Watchmans Solution
Because allocated keys are only released to users with the appropriate authorization, the KeyWatcher® helps to pursue a certain policy and to ensure that procedures are followed. With its little wall surface, the ergonomic system eliminates old-fashioned key cabinets, unreliable handmade journals and sloppy ID tags. It files the history of each key including the user, date and time of distribution and return of the key. The solidly executed stainless steel cabinet has been designed to prevent abuse and it is manipulation-proof. By using the KeyPro™ Performance Software you can manage, if you are authorized, one or more KeyWatcher® systems through the network of any work station within your organization. You are able to change the data in your database, retrieve reports, release keys, cancel alarms etc. This way, the opportunity is created to manage and check access to buildings and rooms, subject to time and place, 24/7.
When the TU/e security was put in touch with the system, it appeared that the KeyWatcher® considerably decreased the number of keys in circulation and it enabled a better registration of who had which key and when. The employees and students had to be educated and convinced to work with the KeyWatcher® so they first started with one building. The key safe is located in the main building at the reception so it will be under supervision for most of the time. The reception also manages the software and takes care of the mutations. There is also a back-up location at the head of the department. The KeyWatcher® has fully replaced the old cabinet with keys.
The receptionists supervised the whole process and, if necessary, they gave people additional information. The use of the system however is so easy that the users already knew how to work with it by means of a small manual. Of each room, one key is now in circulation which can be used by various people. This is registered by means of the authorization: who has which key, during what times. “By retrieving reports it is possible for the receptionists to supervise the system. It is easy to find out who is the last person who had possession of the missing key. This is a great advantage compared to the old system.”
“After the people in the main building were used to the system, the number of systems was expanded to new locations; the systems have been connected to a network and they can be managed at a central point. The number of keys in circulation has decreased considerably and there is continuous control on where the keys are. As we look at it now, the next years more KeyWatcher® key management systems will be added to several locations. A result we dared not hope for four years ago.”
Mirjam Jahnke, Head of the in-house emergency and first-aid service – TU/e – Internal Affairs Service