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RFID access control protects independent school

Salto Systems : 23 January, 2015  (Application Story)
Taunton independent school has taken the XS4 wireless access control system from Salto Systems for meeting its security requirements
RFID access control protects independent school

Queen's College is a co-educational independent school located in Taunton, Somerset. It is a day/boarding school for children aged 3–18, and incorporates Nursery, Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior schools.

The college was aware that its existing security arrangements in the form of mechanical keyed locks and a very basic access control system were somewhat outdated and not up to the mark when it came to providing an environment that was as safe and secure as it could be for its pupils and staff.

Recognizing the need to modernize and upgrade, the college considered the best way to achieve this would be to bring in security experts to advise them on how to implement this in a controlled and managed way.

Guardian Security South West was the local company appointed to do this for two principle reasons: their track record in supplying and installing access control technology in education facilities, and their on-going ability to support and service any subsequent products installed at the college.

Sales Manager Jim Caola says “Wanting to secure a mixture of classroom, office and bedroom doors what the college needed was a modern, state-of-the-art solution that would provide networked access control and security via a single contactless access card that could be easily distributed to staff and pupils as required.

So working with Queen’s College Operations Director Peter Evans, we selected SALTO System’s XS4 wireless solution and tailored it to meet every element of the college’s requirements, fitting it to 35 doors in a mix of online and offline formats.”

The SALTO XS4 wireless system is an online, real-time access control system that uses RFID radio frequency technology to communicate with an access control database at the college.  This effectively provides the college with a ‘networked access control solution without the wires’.

The wireless functionality provides the control and flexibility of a hard-wired access control system, without the costs and complexity associated with hardwiring each door. The wireless electronic escutcheons on the doors are configured automatically via SALTO gateways installed in strategic locations. So, with simple changes to its software users can configure or make changes at the doors in real-time.

The system allows the college to monitor the wireless network, download audit trail information from doors in real time, delete users remotely and securely, collect battery status of the locks for maintenance, remotely lock and unlock doors and much more.

Combined with the industry leading SALTO access control product, Guardian Security South West has provided a comprehensive service to Queen’s College. From designing the specification, through to supply, installing and commissioning, Guardian has delivered from start to finish.

Peter Evans comments “From initial investigations through to actual deployment, Guardian have provided an excellent service.  Having security that is reliable is critical since in addition to the need to control access to classrooms we also board a number of young people in our student accommodation. We like the ease of use and capability of the SALTO software as it helps us get maximum benefit from the technology whilst providing a secure environment for all our students and staff.”

SALTO Area Manager David Hill says “The combination of the SALTO XS4 wireless product and a committed client ensured the solution fully met the college’s expectations. The simple to use SALTO XS4 platform achieves this in a versatile and cost-effective way. It regulates entry to specific rooms and provides effective security on a daily basis, helping to maintain the continuity of education by preventing any potential disruptions caused by unwanted security events.”

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