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Flexible access control system for Limerick College

Salto Systems : 22 February, 2008  (Application Story)
Mary Immaculate College campus secured by Salto equipment and includes multi-function photo ID cards for students to operate electronic locks as well as use cashless vending and car parking barrier control.
Limerick based Mary Immaculate College has chosen Salto Systems campus access control system to provide advanced security management. The college awarded the contract to approved local Salto business partner; DoorWare and their partners One Card Solutions.

Founded in 1898, Mary Immaculate College and is a university-level College of Education and the Liberal Arts, academically linked with the University of Limerick. Located in the southern suburbs of Limerick City, within ten minutes walking distance of the city centre, Mary Immaculate is a Catholic foundation which has about 3,000 students and 250 staff. There are more than 50 lecture theatres and meeting rooms on campus and the college offers undergraduate programmes for BEd. and BA degrees and a range of postgraduate programmes at Diploma, Masters and Doctoral level.

Kieran Gorey of DoorWare says: "The previous access control system at the college used simple mechanical keys and the decision was taken to upgrade this to a more capable electronic access control system for the benefit of students and staff.

To achieve this, the college has adopted a strategic approach installing a security system that can also be implemented across additional areas and departments as time and budgets dictate. To do this with fully on line doors as part of a fully hard wired solution would have been prohibitively expensive. Our solution has been to specify the Salto product which delivers 90% of the benefits of a fully on line access control system at the cost of a stand alone system. Initially we've replaced the mechanical locks in three buildings, installing Salto Systems XS4 electronic smart locks in a brushed stainless steel finish in their place in the library and two student accommodation buildings.

These are complimented by online wall reader units utilising the power of the Salto Virtual Network (SVN). This is also linked in to the handle sets spreading the access control system further into the buildings whilst still allowing for on-line access provision where needed."

To gain access to their accommodation, students use their own personal ID card. This is a multi-application combination card that serves not only as a photo ID but also as a proximity smart card, and is presented to wall readers controlling access via main entrance doors to the buildings themselves.

Paul Murphy, Computer Services Manager at Mary Immaculate College, comments: "Having security that is reliable and dependable is obviously key for us since in addition to the need to access our learning facilities we also house many young people in our student accommodation. The flexibility of our new Salto access control system means the college can get the maximum benefit from the technology whilst providing a secure environment for all our students and staff, and in future we're also likely to want to integrate it with our student printing and photocopying needs as well as cashless vending and car park barrier control."
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