New dorm key system undergoing negotiations

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Kalee Ball

The Intellikey system is over 15 years old and last year Housing and Residence Life (HRL) decided that it’s high time for an upgrade.

Housing and Residence Life is currently undergoing contract negotiations with Intelligent Access Systems of North Carolina to install a new key system that will hopefully use the Osprey 1Card to allow students access into their dorms. UNF declared an Intent to Award to this company in the amount of $2,685,222.34 but is retaining the right to opt for a different vendor if negotiations aren’t concluded.

Bob Boyle, director of Housing and Residence Life, hopes that installation of the new system will begin this summer.

“I won’t be able to change every lock in every door this summer but I want to start that process,” Boyle said.

The Intellikey system was installed at some point prior to 1999. HRL decided to upgrade the current key system so that they can run better operationally and provide convenience to students.

Boyle said that he hopes to have all dorm doors switched over to the new system within two budget years, but a timeline hasn’t been finalized.

If UNF is “unable to arrive at a mutual agreement resulting in the issuance of a contract, the University of North Florida reserves the right to reopen negotiations with other ITN respondents,” reads the Notice of Award on UNF’s Procurement Services website.

ITN stands for Intent to Negotiate, which is a document that companies can reply to and bid to do business with UNF.

“The big thing at the end of the day is that it’s secure,” Boyle said.

*2/6/2015 at 4:43 p.m. – Updated with video

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