Keeping the Campus Community Safe

Keeping the Campus Community Safe; Chief Joe Monroe, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA


A college campus is one of the most challenging environments for access control, because the ID badge controls not just access but also dining, the library, the gym, health services, re-enrollment and more—typically involving disparate databases.

The University of Kentucky was in the midst of rolling out a new access control system, but technical issues were causing real security risks and inconveniences to students, faculty and staff. Chief Joe Monroe, head of the University’s Police Department, invited us in to migrate the campus to a better platform. Before we put boots on the ground, our Software Solutions Group did two months of database engineering remotely, including writing custom script to automate the student onboarding process. Our combined team then migrated the field devices—over 4,000 wireless locks, each one physically migrated to the new system. We also converted 2,000 hard-wired card readers.

"STANLEY was able to partner with the University of Kentucky and really educate us more on what was a better solution, that was a better fit for our university.”
– Chief Monroe

Ongoing support is key to the success of any large-scale security engagement. Our team includes an embedded STANLEY Security technician onsite who wears a UK shirt every day and reports to the University. On student move in day, we sent a team of 15 volunteers that helped students and parents move in and out of the residence halls.

“One of the most rewarding experiences with our partnership with STANLEY, has been the way that they have reached out in the community and been involved not only with the police department, but the university community as a whole.”
– Chief Monroe

Phase one of the engagement has resulted in a strong partnership built around a robust integrated security platform, with an initial focus on access control, intrusion detection and backend system support. The platform can also encompass video surveillance, fire, video and mass notification.