Huntsville, Arkansas School District uses Paxton Net2 to secure state-of-the-art activity centre


When the Arkansas School District needed a new access control solution for a new activity centre, they turned to Paxton, as Security on Screen discovers

As an integral part of the Huntsville School District’s future sports complex, the new AT and Georgia Mae Smith Activity Centre serves as the hub for student activities across the district.

Located on a remote site that’s home to the Huntsville Eagles Sports Complex, it is the future location that will house the district’s football and track stadium, baseball facilities, activity centre, and other buildings that will be used to host activities and high school graduations.


Safety was the top priority when considering an access control solution. Having used Paxton’s Net2 since 2015 on other school buildings elsewhere, the district had a pretty good idea of what style and method of access control they wanted. Their main goal was to secure the premises while channeling people in and out of various activity center areas.


The district installed Paxton’s Net2 access control solution, which is a user-friendly and flexible networked access control system. It is designed to make the management of any site straightforward and that’s exactly what the district found when they installed and configured the system.

Net2 allowed the district granular control over its security, especially when it came to access control.
They can manage who has access to certain doors at specific times. For instance, they can limit access to contractors who work from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm to where they have no access on weekends or evenings.

With the addition of PaxLock, the wireless, electronic battery-powered door handles have also been beneficial. The activity centre contains specific areas where installing a traditional hardwired system is not convenient or feasible. PaxLock makes securing those areas easy.


Net2 and PaxLock have allowed the Huntsville School District to customise access control to suit their specific needs – making the activity centre a safe and secure place for their students and staff.

Bailey Cotton, Director of Technology at Huntsville School District, said: “I appreciate everything Paxton has offered us in terms of security and access control.

“We highly recommend Paxton, and any time a school asks what we use for access control, we encourage them to explore Paxton because it’s been such a great solution and experience for us. The flexibility of integrating other features and systems with Paxton is a no-brainer.”

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Type of site

Huntsville, Arkansas, USA

Number of users/doors
• 8 staff
• 200 students
• 36 doors

Solution required
• Provide a secure environment for students, staff, and visitors
• Grant and deny access to areas within the site
• Remote access to the system

• Customised access permissions
• Ease of installation and system monitoring
• Notifications of incidents and access events
• Remote access to the system via smartphones

Paxton products used
• Net2 plus
• Net2 Pro
• PaxLock Pro
• Proximity P series readers


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