The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has deployed a room reservation system that’s integrated with his building access control system so that one card can be used to both reserve rooms for classroom use or presentations and to enter buildings on campus.
NetSimplicity, an Austin, Tex. provider of room and resource scheduling software, has installed its Meeting Room Manager that brings together technology from Gallagher Security Management Systems, to create an end-to-end room reservation system at the new James A. Haslam II Business building.
The school needed a way for students to reserve rooms and get access without a phone call, without having to carry a second student ID card, and without having to manage another account, while also integrating with multiple campus systems.
When the James A. Haslam II Business Building opened its doors, the ultimate goal was to help with the effective management and security of a building that included 75 offices, 34 classrooms, 35 team rooms, 4 conference rooms, 4 special event spaces, a collaboration center, and an investment learning center. The college envisioned extending its use of Meeting Room Manager, initially piloted in its Center for Executive Education, by integrating it with its Cardax door access system from Gallagher.
When a user logs onto Meeting Room Manager, the Cardax and Meeting Room Manager databases perform as if they were one. The system is used to manage rooms in several buildings but can also accommodate room scheduling and access control for additional parts of the campus as needed.