IR HandReaders Installed at UCF Sorority Houses


IR Recognition Systems’ biometric HandReaders have been installed at two sorority houses at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando.

Orland-based Sonitrol made the installation, replacing proximity readers with the HandReaders to provide access control and the 200 residents of the two houses.

HandReaders automatically take a three-dimensional reading of the size and shape of a person’s hand and verify an identity in less than one second. Because they operate outdoors, HandReaders were selected over fingerprint readers.

“Both the Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Delta sorority houses were experiencing problems with unauthorized students from the university coming into the houses at all times of the day and night,” said Jerry Ofstedal, installation manager for Sonitrol, in a statement. “To eliminate the possibility of an unauthorized individual gaining access without a resident being present, the HandReaders offer redundant access to the sororities. Each student must enter a PIN code and then present her hand in order to gain entry.”

Sonitrol originally installed a proximity reader with a magnetic lock at the front door to control access to the sorority house. The door would open when an authorized user presented an electronic key fob. However, it was discovered that electronic keys were being shared or provided to non-sorority individuals.

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