School authorities and budgeting committees are realising the importance of prevention over response Competent access control is the prime mover of school safety. From primary schools to the largest colleges, prevention and deterrence are the keys to protecting our most valuable asset, our children and young people. Access control was once just a big-city concern, but today many suburban and rural schools are just as interested or even more interested in access control than their city centre counterparts. Even areas with few foreseeable problems are looking to the future now, and taking the initiative to put safeguards in place ahead of time. As one of the leading private schools in Perth, Western Australia, All Saints’ College is an Anglican coeducational school offering outstanding levels of education from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12. Founded in 1981, the College is located in the southern suburbs of the city close to public transportation. Their focus is on personal excellence by creating a nurturing environment for every student, creating dynamic learning environments that encourage the pursuit of personal excellence enabling each student to fulfil his or her full potential. In addition to outstanding academic results, All Saints’ College is also renowned for its world-class facilities, including an indoor Aquatic and Sports Centre and a Centre for Performing Arts. With the college infrastructure continuing to grow and develop and its mechanical keying system reaching the end of its life, the inevitable questions were raised about how to secure the premises effectively. Physical keys were proving difficult and expensive to manage so a new solution was required that would pre-empt this as well as ensure the well-being of all the College’s students, staff, and their personal belongings. "The SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) is a great piece of kit that helps us to deploy access control to areas which are difficult" Local security company Central Lock and Key were called in to provide an electronic locking solution to meet the Colleges’ requirements and after a comprehensive brief they were able to offer a complete solution utilising SALTO Systems stand alone battery operated XS4 escutcheons, GEO electronic cylinders and XS4 locker locks. Subsequently SALTO Systems received an order via their approved dealer GHI to supply 150 units controlled via a combination of Mifare / DESFire smart key cards, and these now secure administration and classroom doors as well as locker doors throughout the college. Neil Armstrong, SALTO Business Development Manager (WA) says, “When the mechanical keying system reached the end of its life, the College used the opportunity to update to the latest smart card technology by SALTO which offers real cost efficiencies when compared to traditional wired access control solutions. Removing the need to wire saves time, hassle, disruption and not least, significant sums of money. There is no need to design in cable runs, so there is no need for ducting or voids. This means that the space which would otherwise have been given over to run wiring can be freed up and used to create more space in the building or its individual rooms or corridors. Added to this there is also no need to test, document or certify miles (sometimes literally!) of wiring. This again delivers significant cost savings.” The XS4 electronic escutcheons, cylinders and locker locks need no hard wiring and provide a wire-free networked electronic locking solution with an impressive range of features. In conjunction with SALTO’s SVN Data-on-Card technology platform they provide an advanced system that allows the stand-alone locks to read, receive and write information via their operating smart cards or ‘intelligent’ keys. It works when this data is captured from the cards at SVN online IP access points located at strategic points around the college. The ‘updating points’ upload and download user related information that is then used to permit, control or deny access. Local security company Central Lock and Key selected SALTO Systems stand alone battery operated XS4 escutcheons, GEO electronic cylinders and XS4 locker locks Philip Gale, Facilities Manager at All Saints’ College says “Our new SALTO solution has no limitations in terms of scalability and therefore provides the College with a technology which is easy and cost effective to deploy as the site grows. The SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) is a great piece of kit that helps us to deploy access control to areas which are difficult and/ or expensive to get physical network infrastructure installed. As a long term aim the College is also considering how smart cards can be also used to manage other applications at the site and the SALTO technology can support us with this strategy.” The whole project has proved a success as All Saints’ College now have all their security requirements catered for and SALTO and Central Lock and Key are pleased to have provided a solution that confirms their reputation as leading suppliers and installers of access control systems to the education sector. School authorities and budgeting committees are realising the importance of prevention over response, and taking steps to put the necessary capabilities in place. In the future we will find more and more instances where locks and keys are being replaced with the safety and security of access control technology. In school and many other areas, security will become a habit.
SALTO’s electronic locks were installed throughout college including classroom, faculty building, and perimeter doors Each campus is different however, and each must develop a strategy tailored to its own unique circumstances. The measures used to achieve this should reflect the character of the college and its educational needs as well as the demands of good security. What is appropriate for one campus may not suit another. Each will have its own unique problems and requirements. In the case of Santa Maria College in Attadale, a southern suburb of Perth, Western Australia, this meant addressing the need to replace a licensed physical key system which was reaching end of life and had become expensive to manage amongst the large numbers of staff particularly if keys got lost or mislaid. If a key was lost a staff member was given another key and/or sometimes doors were retro-fitted with a new lock. As a result door keys proliferated and although there had never been a real problem, no one knew when an errant key might fall into malicious hands. The college, staff, students and parents expected a better system than that, and the college wanted to be on the leading edge, setting a good impression as well as controlling who could enter its buildings. Chris Dawson, Property Manager for Santa Maria College, says “Due to the limitations experienced historically with our physical key system the college was keen to explore alternative options and these eventually led us to SALTO and their SVN (SALTO Virtual Network) technology. When we were considering the various solutions on the market it became clear that we needed a system which could be easily deployed on to multiple doors which were not always accessible to physical cabling infrastructure. We also needed a system that could be extended to include our lift elevator so that we could provide access to disabled staff and/ or children at the college. SALTO was able to provide this capability using their multi-relay output control board. In addition their smart card credential technology meant that we could also use supplied cards for multiple applications such as providing staff access to on site printers. This all helped to present us with even more functionality and provide us with an excellent return on our investment." Neil Armstrong, SALTO Business Development Manager (WA) comments, “Having decided our XS4 standalone battery operated electronic locks were for them, the order from Santa Maria College was put through our local dealer Security and Key. They subsequently installed the product to 59 doors throughout the college including to classroom doors, faculty building doors and perimeter doors.” The XS4 electronic handle needs no hard wiring and provides a wire-free networked electronic locking solution with an impressive range of features. "We find the audit trail facility, with every SALTO lock storing up to 1000 events on a non-volatile memory, especially useful" Its SVN (SALTO Virtual Network) provides the means to operate in an almost totally keyless environment because of its unique ability to distribute card holder and system information to access controlled doors by using the card to upload and download information between offline doors and online control units. The cards build up 'on-card' audit trails through normal use giving the college complete control over access and enabling the movement of students, staff and visitors to be monitored 24/7 as well as controlling who can access what, where and when at all times. The key cards can also be programmed to allow access to specific rooms or areas within selected periods only, with the doors auto locking at pre-specified times if required. And unlike the former licensed physical key system, if key security is breached due to the loss or theft of a card it can be instantly deleted without the need or cost of rekeying or changing locks – saving the college time and money. Chris Dawson concludes “We very much like the features that the SALTO SVN system gives us and we find the audit trail facility, with every SALTO lock storing up to 1000 events on a non-volatile memory, especially useful as our previous keyed system was not able to provide this. With the system key cards are also very easy and comparatively cheap to manage compared to their physical counterparts.”
SALTO’s XS4 range including E9450 handle sets have been supplied and installed on over 50 doors at the college The college is centrally located in the Lesmurdie area, approximately 25 minutes from the Central Business District of Perth, Western Australia. Its semi-rural location is well serviced public and private transport links to the city and surrounding areas. The college’s exquisite gardens, lush lawns, leafy surroundings and relaxing atmosphere provide a perfect, safe setting for learning. St Brigid’s College is committed to providing excellence in education within a Christ centred environment. The college is attended by approximately 1300 students aged 3 to 18 Years, from across Western Australia and overseas. Its Junior School accommodates girls and boys, while the Middle and Senior schools cater exclusively for girls. The college also provides boarding facilities for girls only in Years 7-12. Wanting to reduce the amount of physical keys that were required to manage the site, the college was made aware by HSS, the local SALTO installer, that its problems with key control could be solved by the latest Mifare / DESFire smart card systems which could remove the problems of large key numbers, lost keys and the associated cost of replacing locks. Neil Armstrong, SALTO Business Development Manager (WA) says, “SALTO Systems are world leaders in advanced wire free and wireless access control solutions for the education sector. We have vast experience of working with schools, colleges and universities and understand the challenging security issues faced by these establishments. With young students on campus it is vital that any security system provides 24/7 security to ensure their safety at all times. The college is a very busy environment with lots of 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 our XS4 solution.” Products from SALTO’s XS4 range including E9450 handle sets in online and offline formats together with CU50ENSVN, CU50EN and CU5000 online and offline door controllers have now been supplied and installed on over 50 doors in administration areas, classrooms and offices 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. "Our SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) has helped the system to be easily deployed across multiple buildings without the need for physical cabling infrastructure which delivered cost and delivery time benefits" Armstrong continues: "We were confident we could provide an affordable method for the college to implement access control technology. Our SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) has helped the system to be easily deployed across multiple buildings without the need for physical cabling infrastructure which delivered cost and delivery time benefits. The wire-free nature of the product meant that it was easier to install into some of the older buildings infrastructure (unlike modern buildings where cabling is easier to install). This has delivered operational and management efficiencies for the college, their much wanted reduction in keys, and they have found the audit trail capability really useful.” The college is pleased with the technical ability of the products, in particular the ability to read, receive and write information via the college’s ‘smart’ key cards. Since most access related information is kept encrypted on these cards, the locks are able to update and receive information from the cards at any time. So not only is the system easy to use, but its functionally has almost all the benefits of a fully on line access control system at the cost of a standalone system. The key cards can be used for multiple applications as well as access control i.e. staff access to printing facilities, and build up 'on-card' audit trails through normal use giving the college complete control over access and enabling key card holders to be tracked if required. This enables a complete access profile of each individual to be established and updated as necessary as well as having the ability to see who accessed what door, where and when. Cards can be programmed to allow access to specific rooms or areas within the college for selected periods only, with the doors auto locking at pre-specified times if required. And if card security is breached due to the loss or theft of a card, it can be instantly deleted without the need or cost of replacing keys or changing locks – saving the college time and money. Neil Grime Director of Business at St Brigid’s College comments “SALTO has ultimately helped us to reduce the amount of physical keys required to manage our campus and therefore on-going operational efficiencies have been gained. The wide selection of design finishes available on the escutcheon locks also helped the product fit in with the original aesthetics of the building.”