Electronic locking devices Comparison: ASSA ABLOY, SALTO  (4)

 
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Electric Locks
Electric Locks
Electric Locks
Electric Locks
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Brushed stainless steel and satin chrome zinc
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Monitored

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Latest Electronic locking device case studies

H2 Bike Run deploys SALTO electronic lockers to provide secure storage
H2 Bike Run deploys SALTO electronic lockers to provide secure storage

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.

SALTO’s access control system chosen to protect St Paul’s College in Sydney
SALTO’s access control system chosen to protect St Paul’s College in Sydney

SALTO GEO (Global Electronic Opening) cylinder was selected to be installed at the college The customer St Paul's College in Sydney, Australia, is an all-male Anglican residential college and affiliated with the University of Sydney. Founded in 1856, it is Australia's oldest university college and has nearly 200 residents, of whom about 150 are undergraduates; with the remainder being graduates undertaking further study or holding university positions. The college has a substantial tutorial program and uses the principle of peer tutoring, a development of the idea of ‘peer assisted study’. Nearly all tutors are students in college, and most of them are undergraduates, at most a year or two further advanced than their class. As a result university work is drawn to the centre of college life, and teaching and intellectual leadership is part of the mainstream conversation. The organisation of the tutorial system is largely in the hands of students, under the supervision of the Senior Tutor. Social networking is also used by the students to supplement teaching. Background The buildings at St Paul's College date from the late 1850’s up through to those constructed in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1990’s. There had been many changes to the locking installations over the years meaning the college had ongoing problems with students loosing keys giving them the expense of having to replace locks and keys on a regular basis. This meant that security could have the potential to be compromised at times, making it difficult to ensure the safety of students and their assets. After all, a College or residence building can be a tempting target for opportunistic thieves as many students, besides money and credit cards, can often have a variety of expensive electronic equipment with them including laptop computers, mobile phones, iPods and so on. Recognising that effective protection against such risks would require an extensive overhaul of their security equipment and procedures, the College decided the answer was to remove mechanical cylinders and keys from their buildings and replace them with a modern electronic access control system. Choosing a solution “When I first met David Rees of SALTO Systems at a conference I told him about our challenge of wanting to upgrade security but that we needed something suitable for our heritage doors dating from 1858. At that time his response was “I can’t help yet, but we are about to launch a product that is exactly what you want,” says Derek Watt, Executive Manager at St Paul’s College in Sydney. “That product was the SALTO GEO (Global Electronic Opening) cylinder,” comments David Rees, Managing Director SALTO Systems Australia Pty Ltd. The mechanical cylinders across the College site were replaced with SALTO’s GEO RIM cylinders “Derek explained to me that the mechanical lock installation within the College was not providing the level of protection or security required to manage the access movement of the students. To achieve this a more robust product was required, one which would not only offer a greater degree of physical protection but also provide a full complement of modern access control benefits including smart fob operation, audit trail information, flexible calendars, auto locking and unlocking and so on. Given the fact that the College was designed by one of Australia’s most well-known architects, Edmund Blackett, who also designed one of the major cathedrals in Sydney and the University of Sydney, this heritage aspect also created special demands for the installation of the access control system needed to provide control over entry to and movement within the College.” SALTO GEO proved the ideal solution as it has been specially designed and developed for use with doors where normal escutcheons cannot be fitted or are not allowed i.e. on certain types of fire doors, some multipoint locking systems or, as in this case, antique doors in historic or listed buildings. GEO locks can be fully integrated with the full SALTO platform, and are a versatile, cost effective solution. They incorporate SALTO’s patented Data-On-Card SVN (SALTO Virtual Network) which can manage many thousands or even millions of individual doors and users if necessary. This allows the stand-alone cylinders and locks to upload, store and download the latest access information as people use their RFID fobs around the College. The cancelled fob list can be updated, key fobs can be cancelled and audit trail reports can be downloaded in both wire free or wireless environments depending on the locks selected. All of which gives the College additional security and operating benefits compared to standard locking systems. Deployment With a decision made and a contract awarded, SALTO partner W. F. O’Brien Pty Ltd, one of Sydney's leading door and access control specialists, began the job of removing the 200 plus mechanical cylinders from across the College site and replacing them with GEO RIM cylinders, which are designed to fit most doors that are equipped with surface mounted lock cases. Chris Drake of W. F. O’Brien’s  says “David Rees and I had looked carefully at the layout of the College and noted the position and condition of the various doors to make sure we fully understood what the customer wanted, and then planned the rolling replacement of the locks in a structured manner. "Now the College operates an easy to use, proven, future proof access control security solution that provides 24/7 critical security protection" Installation was straightforward, with no unforeseen surprises that can sometimes occur when working with older doors and properties. Now the College operates an easy to use, proven, future proof access control security solution that provides 24/7 critical security protection. The end result is a solution that the customer loves, the students find easy to use and that the heritage architect is very happy with.” Results and development potential Due to the installation of their SALTO GEO system, St Paul’s College in Sydney now has a reliable and effective solution for ensuring security across its campus. Derek Watt, Executive Manager at St Paul’s College in Sydney concludes “If you want to keep ahead of the game, you need to be doing innovative things – especially from the security point of view. With the technology we have now, we are both more discreet and more secure. It has so far proven robust in the hands of young men aged between 18-23 and our housekeeping staff now have individual key fobs coded for access limited by both area of the College and time of day. Overall we’re very pleased with the efficiency of the SALTO product. It has maintained the aesthetic integrity of our heritage doors while giving us the control we wanted, with the added flexibility to easily grow to meet any additional future security requirements we may have.”

SALTO campus access control delivers security for Pioneer School in Basildon, Essex
SALTO campus access control delivers security for Pioneer School in Basildon, Essex

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.”