The Student Life & Wellness Center at Utah Valley University is a 175,000 square foot recreation center where
students, faculty and staff can be active.
The fitness center includes a 1/8-mile rubber
indoor track, free weight areas, cardio equipment, fitness rooms, three basketball courts,
a MAC Gym, a 40-foot climbing wall, and the
six-lane bowling alley and gaming center.
With all of those amenities, there is a
steady stream of traffic going in and out of
the facility. The university wanted to improve
incoming traffic and convenience while ensuring secure access control.
“The reason we went with biometric read-
ers is for simplicity and convenience,” says
DaSheek Akwenye, Director of Campus Rec-
reation & Wellness at UVU. “With technology
always evolving and changing, we found that
students find it less convenient to carry their
date those that carry their ID cards less by
utilizing their handprint to enter the facility?”
Since their implementation in April 2014,
the turnstiles with biometric readers have
been a big hit. They allow flexibility with daily
operations because students can gain access
to the building via student ID cards or using
the hand readers.
More facilities managers are turning to biometrics to streamline movement
throughout their buildings. Learn how to leverage biometrics to optimize the
flow of traffic with these two examples.
Students primarily use the biometric hand
scanners instead of their student IDs to gain
access now. The readers reduce the headaches involved with students losing their
cards, and alleviating stressors like this for
students can complement success in the
Once registered within the system, users
merely need their hand to gain access. There
have not been many technical difficulties
with the biometric readers, but when there
are, card readers provide reliable backup.
“Like any new technology that comes out,
there’s always a learning curve to overcome,
and sometimes there’s a user error that takes
time for some users to know how to use
the biometric hand readers,” says Akwenye.
“We’ve had a few times where the software
has gone offline, but the great thing about the
turnstiles is that they are also equipped with
In addition to the convenience of quick
and easy access to the facility, they do not
take much time to set up. Those who want
access simply need to fill out their member-
ship application for processing and then to
capture their handprint. Akwenye notes that
it typically takes less than 2 minutes to finish
the registration process.
“The reason we went with biometric readers is for simplicity and convenience.
With technology always evolving and
changing, we found that at times, students
find it less convenient to carry their ID cards,
and what better way to accommodate those
that carry their ID cards less by utilizing their
hand print to enter the facility?” — DaSheek Akwenye, UVU Director of Campus Recreation & Wellness
Student Life & Wellness Center Utah Valley University
CONVENIENT ACCESS CONTROL
TSA PreCheck Atlanta and Denver
FAST AND PRECISE SECURITY
USING THE TSA’S BIOMETRICS PROGRAM
AS AN EXAMPLE OF HIGH-VOLUME and
secure access control could be illuminating for large facilities that need intense
Lines at airport security only add to the inconvenience of air travel. In the sum- mer of 2017, the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) employed the use of
biometric readers in TSA PreCheck lanes at
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and at Denver International Airport.
The biometric readers in these lanes read
passengers’ fingerprints to authenticate their
identity, serving as both a boarding pass and
identity document. Enrolled participants can
voluntarily take part and can significantly
reduce the complications of security checks.
“TSA looks at technologies and intelligence
capabilities that allow us to analyze and
secure the travel environment, passengers
and their property,” says TSA Acting Assis-
tant Administrator Steve Karoly of the Office
of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis.
“Through these and other technology dem-
onstrations, we are looking to reinvent and
enhance security effectiveness to meet the
evolving threat and ensure that passengers
The hope for the TSA is to use this technol-
ogy more widely after confirming its feasibil-
ity and security for this kind of traffic. While
most facilities will never have this much traffic,
buildings with higher security needs ought to
take note of the program.