A security system upgrade at one of Australia’s most prestigious universities has seen Gallagher’s world-class solutions installed at campuses across Melbourne by integrator MGA Electronic Security.

According to the University of Melbourne, Gallagher was selected for the upgrade due to its strong integration capability, commitment to supporting the university’s long-term site plan, and investment in development.

Gallagher worked in partnership with the university and Gallagher channel partner, MGA Electronic Security, to roll out the upgrade in over 150 buildings across 7 campuses. The partnerships were integral to the success of the rollout, ensuring the system was configured to best meet the university’s needs.

“We’re impressed with not only the flexibility of the system, but the support from Gallagher,” said Adam Leach, security systems coordinator at the University of Melbourne. Project Leads from the university visited Gallagher’s head office in Hamilton, New Zealand, prior to the project beginning.

“The opportunity to visit Gallagher and see their investment in R&D showed us that they are committed to growth and future developments. We were looking for a long-term business relationship and we are definitely confident we have chosen the right solution.”

The upgrade included access control for over 3000 doors, over 177,000 cardholders, and thousands of inputs. Gallagher Command Centre software, a powerful solution offering complete site control from one central platform, runs at the heart of the university’s security system. The university has integrations with Active Directory, Unicard, Syllabus Plus, IndigoVision and Schindler.

“The integration capabilities of Gallagher’s Command Centre are second to none,” Leach said.

One of the key decisions in choosing the Gallagher system for its upgrade was the flexibility to grow with the university.

“Our security solutions are designed to protect sites now and into the future,” said Scott Johnstone, Gallagher’s national sales manager – Australia and Papua New Guinea. “We’re pleased to be able to support the University of Melbourne with their long-term plans, all while ensuring the safety of their people, assets, and information.”

MGA Electronic Security completed the upgrade project quicker than expected and on budget, undertaking the entire system changeover in under 18 months.