Campus access control is being refreshed

Monday, May 6, 2024

What is happening? All existing Hirsch-Identiv access control on campus will be upgraded; no expansion will occur until the refresh is complete.

About this work: The University is upgrading the prox-fob based Hirsch-Identiv access control system and HID readers to a modern WatCard-based ICT access control system.  All existing Hirsch-identiv access control units and HID readers will be replaced campus wide. This process is expected complete in May 2026. During this upgrade process, user requested access control expansion within buildings will be paused.

Benefits of the new system include: 

  • Utilizing a secure WatCard-based token in place of the fob.
  • Easy mass enrolment of students/staff/faculty for timed door access.
  • Additional extensions to meet campus needs though software development.


  • Access control administrators will be contacted for detailed planning as we progress towards and through each building.
  • All faculty and staff are encouraged to get a Watcard now if you do not already have one.

Questions? Please submit via the IST Help Portal