Liberty Public School District Selects RedCloud for Access Control

Kansas City area school district deploys RedCloud Enterprise network appliance to provide scalable, web-based access control across 22 buildings.

RedCloud, the industry's fastest-growing provider of web-based, physical access control systems, has announced that the Liberty Public School District has deployed RedCloud Enterprise – a scalable, web-based access control network appliance that enables Liberty to manage security across 22 school facilities, in turn enhancing the safety and well-being of thousands of students, faculty and staff.

Liberty Public School District serves the residents of approximately 85 square miles in Clay County. The school district, located just northeast of Kansas City, is responsible for more than 11,600 students in grades preschool to 12. In fall 2011, Liberty sought to transition from a costly, legacy access control system that lacked scalability to a web-based access control system that could remotely manage all facility access with integrated physical and logical security capabilities.

“It became evident that our previous access control system was not only falling short from a functionality and scalability standpoint, but also became increasingly difficult to justify due to onerous recurring costs,” said Curt Laven, Technology Specialist, Liberty Public School District. “RedCloud Enterprise provides Liberty with a single network appliance solution from which we can now easily manage security for 22 buildings through a web-based interface that provides administrators with real-time visibility into security activity at each building.”

To ensure a seamless migration that would not interrupt day-to-day security and operations, Liberty turned to American Digital Security (ADS), a leading security systems provider – and a RedCloud authorized system integrator – to recommend, design and install a secure, physical access control system that seamlessly integrated with video surveillance, visitor management and identity management systems.

RedCloud’s converged access control solution and ADS’ security systems integration expertise has delivered several key benefits to Liberty Public School District, including unparalleled scalability, true convergence of physical and logical security, role-based access control (RBAC), flexible and an open architecture platform.

“With a single RedCloud Enterprise network appliance, Liberty has been able to shift from a restricting user access to single, shared workstation to a web-based solution that has provided IT, security and Administrators across 22 buildings with unprecedented visibility and control of their security management operation,” said Buddy Mason, ADS President. “The flexibility of RedCloud’s platform has even allowed Liberty to extend beyond simple access control. For example, RFID readers have been inserted into photocopiers so that faculty can use access cards instead of lengthy account codes for copies.”

“Whether building security is being managed by a physical security team, the IT team – or both – forward-thinking customers such as the Liberty Public School District increasingly recognize the benefits of a converged access control solution that they can easily manage and scale,” said Terry Vellek, RedCloud Vice President of Business Development. “The education market is one of RedCloud’s largest and fastest growing sectors because customers are searching for both the improved security and costs savings that RedCloud’s Security Management Platform delivers.”

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