Implementing Access Control

To get started with electronic access control in your building, the Access Control Unit will coordinate the security evaluation and system installation.


A member of the Access Control Unit will meet with you and provide a complete evaluation of your security requirements.

The first step is establishing the type of security that is needed for an area. Each security solution is unique for each circumstance, no single solution works for everything.

A security assessment involves a tour of your facility, floor or room. We will provide you with feedback and general recommendations on what types of security may be necessary for your facility.

A site survey determines the type of equipment necessary for the security goals desired. A comprehensive evaluation of the physical site as well as discussion of your needs for the operation will occur resulting in general hardware requirements like the need for card readers, motion detectors, and cameras. It is important that consideration be given to your work flow as it directs equipment and programming.

After the survey a preliminary cost evaluation will be completed by MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities.


Once a decision is made to proceed, a timeline for installation and expected completion will be provided. These times vary according to the size and scope of the project as well as existing projects already in queue.

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities will install conduit and electrical cable and all necessary hardware for the access system. In the case of a major renovation or new construction, an outside contractor may be used to some extent. All access control equipment (card readers, controllers, etc.) will be installed by MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) and the system tested and commissioned by Siemens.

During the installation phase, an authorized building contact must be appointed. Each unit should consider appointing two people depending upon the size of the department. The authorized contacts are responsible for authorizing access for individuals to specific doors, establishing time schedules for the doors and maintaining the list of authorized users. In the case of multiple departments located in a building, time schedules will be determined by involving all established contacts. Please use the Authorization for Building Access Contact to submit the appointees.

Once the authorized contacts have been appointed, identification of the users (authorized personnel lists) and access to specific doors and time schedules can be established. The expectation is that this part of the process will occur concurrently with the installation of equipment. Once the equipment has been installed and tested, user training can be done and the system placed into operation.