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Electronic Access Control Chosen At New Dublin Hotel

Salto Systems : 01 February, 2011  (Application Story)
The Gibson Hotel in Dublin has chosen XS4 electronic locking and access control system from Salto Systems for hotel access and security
Part of the Choice Hotels Ireland Group, The Gibson Hotel is located in Point Village square, next to the O2 arena. It is seven miles (11 kilometers) from Dublin International Airport and the Luas, Dublin’s light rail system, stops just outside the hotel. The city’s shopping district is located only six minutes away via the Luas, and the River Liffey, International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), Aviva Stadium, Grand Canal Theatre, Trinity College, The O2, The Convention Centre Dublin, and many other attractions are all within walking distance.



“As a brand new hotel guest room security was an important part of this project from the outset,” comments Stephen Foley of Doorware Ltd, Salto’s Irish distributor who carried out the installation. “Working in consultation with the hotel we designed a highly secure and flexible electronic access control system for all of their 252 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites as well as a number of back of house doors and lockers in the relaxation and gym areas using the Salto XS4 (hotel solution) system.



This has been developed with the needs of hotels in mind and features a range of hospitality-specific applications including the ability to remotely re-assign/transfer rooms, monitor on-duty personnel, track facility maintenance tasks and manage back of the house doors using the same system.  We used a number of XS4 products on the project including E9451U85IM48 escutcheons, CU50ENSVN units, WRM9001 wall readers, CU5000UK control units, E9CDOU85IMA double reader Mifare units, WR9001FS Mullion wall readers, L9080A20RA203 Mifare i-Lockers and EC90ENUK Ethernet encoders.”



The XS4 range needs no hard wiring and provides a totally wire free networked electronic locking solution with a great range of features. It incorporates distributed intelligence in both the lock and in the key. Locks are networked to the computer via the hotel’s own front desk management software, yet they need no wiring or WIFI infrastructure. The communication link is the intelligent key, it opens individual rooms and acts as a 2-way data transporter giving the hotel full control at all times while the key cards automatically store and convey information back and forth between locks and the controlling PC.



Hotel installations are normally based on flexible time limited access which means that guests usually stay for short periods of time after which their access authorisation is automatically withdrawn from the room lock and any further changes of the system require intervention at the lock with a “management card”. With Salto and the XS4 solution, this is controlled via the SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) utilising distributed intelligence in both the lock and the key card.



SVN allows The Gibson Hotel to read, receive and write information from/to smart cards and revolutionises the traditional problems associated with ‘key’ control by eliminating the need to replace locks if security is breached due to the loss or theft of a key card. And, in addition, SVN’s built-in audit trail facility can also be used as a management tool if required to check easily check who accessed a room and when.



“The security of our guests and their belongings is paramount” says Una O’Dowd, Project Manager for The Gibson Hotel. “We chose Salto for their reputation as manufacturers of advanced technology security solutions to the hotel and hospitality industry and the XS4 system for its reliability and sleek looks. It will allow us to run the hotel smoothly and securely while providing the hotel with what it needs most – total control.”
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