During the past week GWU has been testing their mobile text to unlock program in select residence halls. Students residing in housing which features wireless readers for room entry are able to sign up as beta testers for the new program. The locks, produced by Schlage, have been in several halls for the past two years and have been accessed using the RFID embedded in GWorld cards. Recently however the network ready locks have been connected to the internet and can be unlocked via text message from devices registered on GWU’s laundry tracking website. While it remains to be see how successful the program is, during our ten tests the unlocking function operated correctly every time. The system does however have a lag which many which some may find annoying due to it’s reliance on SMS messaging. Hopefully we will see the wireless unlocking feature fully role out, potentially in the form of a tool integrated inside of GW’s iPhone and Android Apps.
Check out a video of the lock in action here: