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EB/FAB Card Based Access Print
Written by fester   
Monday, 19 September 2005

Maseeh College students taking classes in the current term may gain entry to Card Access protected computer labs and buildings (namely FAB and labs in EB).

How do I get Card Access? 

You will require proof of your class registration for the term as well as a PSU ID badge like the one pictured.  (The PSU OneCard, your default ID for the University WILL NOT work for building and lab entry.  You will need a Proximity Badge.)

To get access turned on please go to one of the following places:

Building Access to FAB and Access to General Computer Labs in EB:  Go to Student Services in EB 100.

How Does Card Access Work?

A microchip embedded in your ID card acts like a key when held next to panels like the ones you see here, allowing you access to certain PSU facilities that you have been cleared to use.

When your card brushes past one of these lighted panels it reads the embedded number on it. The panel will beep and flash as it checks the database to see if you're supposed to have access to this area. If you are, the latch (or magnet) will release and the door will be unlocked for a few seconds so you may enter.

Security

As with any secure area at PSU, maintaining adequite security while still allowing students, staff and faculty easy access is difficult. Please help us by not letting people in who you don't know are supposed to be there. Doing so puts you, the equipment, and others in the building at risk.

Obviously, propping doors open for any reason is unacceptable and defeats the security we've put in place. It will also set off an alarm notifying security officers on duty. Doing this could result in the loss of your privileges.

Problems

 

  • I hear the panel beep and the door click, but it doesn't open.

Your card will only unlock the door. You still have to open it as you would any other unless you press the wheelchair access button (for exterior doors).

  • It beeps but the door is still locked when I try it.

You may not have access to this area. If you are in the correct place and it's only been very recently that you applied for access, your card may not be in our system yet. Be patient, this sometimes takes a few days.

Also, some doors have multiple card readers. This is a shared building and there are seperate systems, one for PSU and a couple others for the tenants we share it with. If you do see multiple panels, PSU's will usually have a number pad on it or say 'PSU' somewhere next to it.

  • I've seen people hold their wallets or purses next to the reader and it works for them, but when I try this it doesn't do anything.

It is true that the system uses radio waves and does not require physical contact with your card but these waves cannot pass through some materials as the system was not designed for this.

More than likely however, it's getting confused because there is more than one signal reflected. Some students have more than one ID. Make sure that you have only ONE card like this in your wallet if you plan to do this. If you put two or more within the same proximity, the system cannot read any of them.

 
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KEYCARD BUILDING ACCESS

 

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SECURED LAB ACCESS

 

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HARRISON STREET ENTRANCE

 

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FOURTH AVENUE PANELS

 

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HARRISON STREET PANELS

 

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