The Sheraton Park Tower Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge was the venue for a series of topical security related presentations given to members of HESCA – Higher Education Smart Card Association – on Thursday 17th February.
End users from several higher educational institutions including the University of Bristol, the University of Reading, Buckinghamshire New University and many others came to learn about the latest developments in campus based access control systems, best practice in the deployment of a campus e-purse card scheme, biometric attendance monitoring and the practical implications on a typical HEI of migrating from Mifare Classic to DESfire or replacing magnetic stripe cards with DESfire cards.
Aznar Sethna from Salto Systems HQ in Oiartzun, Spain talked about the latest developments in card access control and about the advantages of upgrading from masterkey and other less advanced electronic access systems, balancing the need for security with accessibility and safety, and how to create specifications for access control solutions.
He also gave an overview of Salto Data-On-Card, Salto Virtual Network and RFID Wireless technologies as well as a brief look at how new products such as the SALTOGEO electronic cylinder could be used to deliver electronic access control to those doors, such listed wooden doors, where fitting conventional electronic escutcheons is not permitted or possible.
Salto Systems UK Marketing Manager Keith Carey said: “This event was a great way to inform and update existing and potential end users in Higher Education Institutions on the latest advances in campus access control technology. Several attendees commented on how valuable it was for them to learn about new technical capabilities and solutions available, and the significant cost savings that could be had by integrating a battery operated wire free stand alone system with an existing hard wired perimeter access protection system.”