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IUIU IT Students Design an RFID Based Key Card Access Control System

  • 08th September, 2022 12:25pm
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Two undergraduate students at Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) Main Campus have designed an electronic Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based access control door lock system. The students namely: Ms. Habiba Saleh Sharif and Mr. Namakali Paul developed the RFID door lock security system as part of the requirement to complete their final year project work for the award of Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) Course.

The security system includes the following materials/ features:

  1. RFID reader and key cards card (e.g. IDs) to activate, authenticate and validate users who unlock doors for secure access.
  2. Nodemcu
  3. Relay Module
  4. An Adapter
  5. Solenoid Lock
  6. Jumper Wires
  7. Arduino IDE
  8. VScode using PHP

Ms. Habiba Saleh Sharif and Mr. Namakali Paul decided to undertake the project in order to improve security at IUIU, and to reduce trespassing in different buildings on campus. The system can monitor and tracks daily users who use they key cards to access different buildings that have electronic doors.

The case study of the project was Summayah Hostel at IUIU Main Campus in Mbale because the electronic RFID access control doors do not exist at the campus.

IUIU Senior Lecturers who supervised the project include:

  1. Dr. Chemisto Musa (Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Research Lab and ICT4D Research Lab). https://hciresearch.net and https://jumakasadhacom.wordpress.com/ict4d-team/
  2. Dr. Umar Yahya (Motion Analysis and Research Lab (MARL) https://marlworks.net
  3. Mwaka Lucky (Motion Analysis and Research Lab (MARL) https://marlworks.net


The project by Ms. Habiba Saleh Sharif and Mr. Namakali Paul compliments IUIU’s strategic plan 2021-2026 which envisages digitalisation of all education and work operations in an effort to advance IUIU into a 21st Century University that embraces 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies for educational excellence. Effects from Covid-19 have accelerated digitalization processes to support education, learning and work operations.

IUIU intends to adopt and patent the project. IUIU hopes to scale-up the project so that all buildings on campus are secured with electronic door lock access control systems to improve security.