Sentry is the leading access control product for academic libraries. Sentry is in use at over 150 libraries at HE institutions in the UK and Ireland as well as at a number of institutions as a campus-wide access control solution. Sentry has also been installed at the Mary Rose and Emirates Aviation Experience visitor attractions.
Sentry links to all of the main Library Management Systems and to Ticketing Systems to obtain user information. Sentry can be provided with different types of hardware to suit your access control requirements and budget. We can supply a range of security gate systems to monitor the entrance and exit of your facility. With exit turnstiles in place you can obtain occupancy details to assist with, for instance, staff availability planning. We can also provide door access control and infra-red people detectors.
We can use RFID, barcode or magnetic swipe technologies to allow access via our systems. With RFID cards we have developed considerable expertise with both MiFare and DesFire technologies.
We also have a Library Room Booking module for Sentry. This allows students and staff to book group study rooms via a web enabled access control system accessible via the student portal if required. Rooms can either be secured by a door lock with a card and PIN facility to allow entry, or non-secured if preferred.
The Temporary Card Kiosk is a new access control option for Sentry. This allows students who have forgotten their cards to issue themselves a temporary card for access to the library. This frees up staff time to concentrate on more productive work. We also have a web-based visitor booking option that allows staff to pre-register visitors who can then obtain a visitor card from the kiosk on arrival.
We have also just introduced Sentry Satellite access control for small public library facilities. This will allow library members to obtain secured access to an un-manned facility via our card reader. This new system will allow budget constrained public library services to extend their opening hours in these smaller libraries.