Cutting edge technology for flexible and secure campus classroom access

Details

Client

Blackboard Transact

Education Technology

Services Provided

  • Agile Project Management
  • Visual Design
  • Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery Automation
  • Architecture and Development
  • UI/UX Assessment
  • Quality Testing

Technology

  • .net
  • Angular 2
  • Azure
  • Service Fabric Actors
  • DocumentDB
  • Netbox
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server
  • Jenkins
  • Newman

Updating platform features to increase flexibility and usability

Challenge

Blackboard Transact is an innovative, integrated technology system that manages security and financial transactions and off-campus solutions, all with the security and convenience of a single campus ID.

Transact includes a classroom door access module with the ability to add in custom academic event schedules such as spring break, commencement, or reunion dates. The existing product previously leveraged an administrator to configure events for the upcoming school year. The system had an imposed limit of 30 events hindering the creation of events beyond the capacity. Administrators were forced to periodically manually remove old events and create new ones to comply with the limit. The platform features needed being updated to provide a more sustainable and flexible approach to events and scheduling.

Solution

Blackboard partnered with IntraEdge to design and develop a reusable framework and initial module as part of their envisioned cloud-based solution known as Security Management Solution (SMS). This solution interfaces with on-premise hardware (S2 Netbox) at universities to control door locks using access cards and a configurable schedule.

As part of this project, IntraEdge built a next-generation framework in which all modules can reside, as well as the initial module providing flexible, configurable options with an unlimited number of schedules. This framework also integrates with a module to grant room access based on user access level.

Outcome

IntraEdge was initially contracted to work exclusively on the scheduling portion of the application and successfully completed design and development ahead of schedule. The team overcame multiple challenges such as working with new, cutting edge, complex technology and environments, and working with a distributed team in different time zones.

Due to the success of the project and excellent team dynamics, IntraEdge’s team was integrated into an existing team to help finish related features on the platform.

The SMS application is releasing a Beta version and has been established as a standard upon which future modules will be based.

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