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A gym and bike club for cyclists and runners commuting to work in London’s Soho has installed over 1400 lockers all equipped with smart electronic locks from SALTO to provide secure storage. Located next to Carnaby Street, in London’s media, advertising and entertainment district, H2 Bike Run is the brainchild of property developer and keen cyclist Piers Slater. Like many cyclists he was fed up with arriving at work hot and sweaty, then having to shower and change in cramped offices or health clubs. Tired of this and of using poor facilities he decided to create a solution to the problem. With the growing popularity of commuter cycling in London, Slater invested £1.9m raised from family and friends to develop the first H2 Bike Run facility which has been built on the site of a former car park. Eventually he plans to develop the concept into a chain across the capital and believes there is a demand for up to 20 clubs across central London. He has already identified 10 locations for development where the whole potential catchment area is within a five-minute walk. The club offers 300 secure bike parking spaces inside the building on Josta racks, useful in Soho where space and parking, even for cyclists, is at a premium. There are more than 40 luxury showers, well appointed changing facilities, the women’s ones even provide hair strengteners so that female cyclists can smarten up their helmet hair before the working day, 1,400 lockers, sports therapy, a laundry service, bike servicing, cycle retail accessories and repairs and a small gym equipped with kettle bells, medicine balls and a ‘War machine’ system of pulleys, which is claimed to be a more holistic way of working the body’s muscles. Personal trainers are available, and the whole set-up is designed to fit in with the likely needs and time constraints of commuters. And for cyclists who want more, there is a large spin studio. This is affiliated to the New York-based Spinning programme that guarantees serious quality workouts. A timetable tells you in advance who your instructor is, and whether the session will be an endurance, interval, strength or race/recovery ride. It also indicates the target heart-rate zones. As well as attracting individual memberships, H2 Bike Run believes the clubs will appeal to employers who will see corporate membership as a cost-effective alternative to providing facilities for cyclists and runners themselves. "As world leaders in advanced battery powered wireless access control solutions, the SALTO XS4 electronic locker lock was ideal for H2 Bike Run" From the start of the project Slater knew that a high level of security for the extensive locker facilities at the club was something that had to be got right first time. With work bound cyclists and runners arriving with their personal possessions including money, smart phones, laptop computers and the like, his lockers required a secure and reliable solution that could be customised to meet H2 Bike Run’s specific environment. “As world leaders in advanced battery powered wireless access control solutions, the SALTO XS4 electronic locker lock was ideal for H2 Bike Run,” comments Chris Saxby of Ansador Ltd, SALTO’s local business partner. “Working in consultation with Piers Slater and SALTO we designed and installed a highly secure and flexible access control system to meet all of the security demands of the locker room environment at H2 Bike Run. The XS4 locker Lock can be fully integrated with the SALTO access control solution or be operated as a stand-alone system. Part of the brief was that the lockers had to be flexible enough to allow for change of use patterns, allowing for permanent storage use or variable – maximum 2 hours – use, so to achieve this we fitted 1,400 lockers locks as well as 9 XS4 E9450 electronic escutcheon handle sets to provide the benefits of full access control rights programmed via software as required and an automatic audit trail facility to record the last 1000 events at each locker,” Saxby continues. Most OEM lockers are supplied with very basic mechanical locks that offer little in the way of protection. SALTO XS4 electronic locker locks solve this problem by offering the latest in state-of-the-art electronic access control technology in a simple easy to use format. “With an ergonomically designed twist operated locking handle making for easy use, even with wet hands, and a durable wipe clean construction that’s highly resistant to chemicals, UV radiation and physical wear and tear, our XS4 locker lock solution has added real flexibility to the security requirement of H2 Bike Run,” comments Rex Palmer, Area Sales Manager for SALTO Systems. “The battery pack, electronic components and locking mechanism are all located on the inside of the locker door, safe from potential vandalism or sabotage.” The access reader is built into the locking handle and the ID carrier - key card, wristband, key fob or bracelet using i-Button, Mifare, Mifare plus, DESfire, DESfire EV1, Ultralight C, HID iClass, Legic, Picopass or SKIDATA technology is simply presented to the reader and the XS4 locker lock will grant or deny access. A family option allows for multiple ID carriers to operate a single locker if required. With future expansion plans and a possible move to other cities, the flexible XS4 locker lock system can easily grow to meet ongoing security requirements for H2 Bike Run.
Pioneer School in Basildon, Essex, is a specialist school aimed at providing pupils with severe learning and physical disabilities with a range of facilities that will enable them to prepare for independence in adult life. Formerly two separate special needs schools – Elmbrook School and Moat House School – the schools amalgamated to form Pioneer School based on the existing two campuses of Elmbrook and Moat House. The school then moved to new, purpose built premises on its current site and Pioneer became an academy in June 2012 School security is probably one of the most sensitive issues facing today’s head teachers and trustees. Given the disabilities of the students at the school, the aim was to provide an environment that gave the school the required level of security and staff control, without unnecessary restriction of movement for students within the building. To achieve this SALTO Certificated Partner Allgood plc provided a truly integrated package of access control, ironmongery, automated doors and CCTV. For the access control element of the security package SALTO XS4 stand-alone escutcheons were selected fitted with Allgood’s own FSB lever handle range. Michael Spoors, Regional Sales Director of Allgood plc, said “Included within the package was a special system for children with severe physical disabilities. RFID fobs were supplied which students could wear or carry that would automatically open the SALTO XS4 controlled doors on movement around the school, providing pupils with the freedom to proceed around the school unassisted, an important step in their development. The result is a facility where the integrated security package supplied provides the school with the control needed to manage the circulation of students around the building safely.” Rex Palmer, SALTO Systems Area Sales Manager, says “Working in consultation with Allgood and the school we have provided a secure and highly flexible access control system to meet all of their security needs. The XS4 solution is a state-of-the-art electronic lock system that programmes keycards or fobs to allow access to specific areas or class rooms with the doors auto locking at pre-specified times if required. And if key security is breached due to the loss or theft of a keycard or fob, it can be instantly deleted from the system without the need or cost of changing any locks – saving the school time and money. This provides a flexible access control system enabling the school to get the maximum benefit from the technology whilst providing a secure environment for all the pupils and staff.”
A Catholic Sixth Form College situated in the heart of Preston city centre, Cardinal Newman College strives to be a centre of educational excellence for the community built on faith, respect and trust. It is set on a unique and compact campus and over the past two years has embarked on an extensive redevelopment programme which has seen the College benefit from state of the art new facilities. This programme is on-going. With its existing mechanical locking system becoming outdated, the College was made aware by Saturn Architectural, a SALTO Certificated Partner, that its problems with security and key control could be solved by the latest Mifare smart card systems which could remove the problems of lost keys and the associated cost of replacing locks. Nick Peacock of Saturn Architectural explains “With young students on campus it is vital that we provide 24/7 on-campus security to ensure their safety at all times. The College is a very busy environment with lots of high-user traffic on its doors so it was vital that the security solution we recommended was robust, technologically advanced and capable of standing the test of time, which is why we chose to put forward SALTO Systems products.” Products from SALTO’s XS4 range including the E9450 handle set in both stainless steel and powder coated finishes were installed on over 250 doors across campus to step up security. Smart, secure and innovative, the stand alone XS4 electronic handle sets need no hard wiring and provide a totally wire free networked electronic locking solution with a great range of features. The college has been veryimpressed with the technicalability of the products, inparticular the ability to read,receive and write information To compliment these around 20 SALTO GEO electronic cylinder locks consisting of half cylinders and padlocks were fitted to store and plant room doors. These are fully integrated with the XS4 platform and their versatile, compact size made them an ideal solution for these doors where fitting a conventional electronic handle set was not required. Another area that required attention was the lifts within the College. These had suffered from some abuse which was costing money to make good so the lift call buttons were replaced with electronic readers, and now only less able bodied students and staff can call the lifts. This has eliminated the problem. Nick Peacock continues: "SALTO Systems has a very strong reputation, particularly within the education sector, and so we were very comfortable with installing their products. The project ran in two phases, with Phase One being new build construction with SALTO product going straight in and Phase Two being retro-fit replacement of existing mechanical locks. The College has been very impressed with the technical ability of the products, in particular the ability to read, receive and write information via the College’s student and staff ID cards. Since most access related information is kept encrypted on these cards, the locks are able to update and receive information from the cards.
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