Published on 4 July, 2016
|NewPointe Community Church has deployed 3xLOGIC access control at four church locations across Ohio
3xLOGIC, Inc., a provider of integrated intelligent security solutions has announced that NewPointe Community Church, with headquarters in Dover, Ohio, has deployed 3xLOGIC Intelli-M Access® Corporate access control at four church locations across Northeastern Ohio.
Intuitive interface and scheduling capabilities
Dave Mast is the Technical Operations Director for NewPointe Community Church, “With our previous system, the user interface was not intuitive at all. So, when we started shopping around to upgrade our access management, ease of use was at the top of our list. In our environment, there are a number of people who need to use the system, including volunteers, who don’t have any experience with access management software. We wanted the best technology out there, but it had to be user-friendly.”
“Our second priority was scheduling capabilities. With other systems, the door schedule capability is very static, there’s not enough flexibility, and they are designed mainly for weekly-recurring events. Intell-M Access offers integration with Outlook, and since we already know how to use Outlook, users don’t even have to get into the Intelli-M software interface—it’s automatic. With no special software needed, we saved time, and we cut errors and all the inconvenience.”
Managing the system
NewPointe staff and volunteers use access cards and system administrators also lock and unlock doors using the Intelli-M Access system. Mast and his staff have been self-installing the 3xLOGIC system for just over a year. After initial installation, they now migrate locks onto the system as opportunity and need arise.
"Our goal is to reach a point where IT is no longer in charge of granting and managing access. Intelli-M is built to be as simple as possible"
NewPointe Community Church has about 80 paid staff, when adding in church volunteers the system manages approximately 280 users. Currently, 34 of 50 planned doors are installed. The system manages a mix of external and internal doors, such as office areas, server rooms, and children’s areas.
At this time, Mast and his staff administrate the Intelli-M Access system; however, “our goal is to reach a point where IT is no longer in charge of granting and managing access. Intelli-M is built to be as simple as possible. When the time comes to hand off to the Facilities Department, it will be fairly easy to do the turnover.”
Each of the four facilities manages their own access. Mast commented that they went with the Corporate edition specifically for this reason. IT will still have overall central management, for trouble-shooting purposes, to provide back-up to unlock a door, or deal with a scheduling issue.
“I’ve been nothing but satisfied with the 3xLOGIC system and quite satisfied with the support we’ve received. Any issues we’ve had, the 3xLOGIC folks have been great. Everything we’ve installed works well, we have the reliability we need, and overall we’re very satisfied,” Mast concluded.