University of Virginia

“Meraki and Openpath make it easy for one person to take care of everything, so I don’t have to hire a bunch of people to manage a complex system.”

Andy Phelps | IT Manager

Using cloud-based security to secure their research facilities

Openpath x Meraki integration

Linking access activity with video footage enhances asset protection and awareness in the research facility. The system helps the team keep track of who’s accessing the space and when, without physically being onsite.

Remote management

The cloud-based system allows UVA to manage their entire building security system from anywhere. From adjusting entries, to accessing reports, to remotely unlocking the door, it’s all done in just a few clicks.

Seamless integration

The UVA team set up an integration with their previous RFID cards using Openpath’s open API architecture. They were able to maintain their initial investment, and it works perfectly alongside the mobile credentials.

Wave to Unlock

With Openpath’s touchless mobile credentials, employees love that they don’t have to touch a thing to access the office. A quick wave of the hand is all it takes to unlock the door or use the elevator.

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Challenge: increase remote visibility and security

The new building location for the Biocomplexity Institute at the prestigious University of Virginia didn’t have the bandwidth for a team to manage an on-prem security system, but needed a better way to protect expensive equipment and proprietary research projects. With a constant stream of contractors, researchers, and vendors in and out of the facility, they were experiencing problems with people sharing access key cards, with no way to verify if the credential matched the person accessing the building. Plus, an on-prem system meant having to schlep to the facility every time somebody needed access. 

The IT team wanted a way to improve building security, with the ability to manage their entire campus access control system remotely. 

Solution: cloud-based interoperability

The Openpath cloud-based solution solves for all of the above challenges. Kevin Wells of Integrated Media was able to get the system installed quickly at the new space, thanks to the “plug-and-play” configuration. 

The security team loves the flexible credentials to accommodate all employee preferences, and was able to easily integrate with their previous access cards to protect their initial investment via Openpath’s open APIs. Plus, the guest pass feature allows admins to send custom permissions to vendors and contractors via text—no face-to-face interaction required.

The Meraki and Openpath integration is great for the small security staff at the UVA Biocomplexity Institute, as the remote, cloud-based solution makes it easy to take care of everything with just one or two people. “I don’t have to hire a bunch of people to manage a complex on-prem system,” says Phelps. The Visual Activity Report lets the security team audit activity to make sure the credentials match the person who’s entering. The integration increases ROI, enabling them to assess potential problems remotely that are detected by their school security system before issuing an appropriate response.