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SALTO Systemsworking together with Bristol based business partner Gem Security CentreLtd, has implemented the replacement of mechanical key operated night latch rim locks with a SALTO XS4 electronic access control solution at Cirencester's Royal Agricultural College. Established in 1845, the Royal Agricultural College was the first agricultural college to be established in the English speaking world. As a leading university college it offers over 40 career-focussed programmes within its School of Agriculture, School of Business and School of Real Estate and Land Management covering agriculture, equine management, business and rural land and property management and is home to a vibrant community of over 1000 students. SALTO were able to offer the college a modern solution to security in its student accommodation by retro-fitting a smart card based access solution to replace its outdated keyed system. The XS4 system met a vital client requirement for an up to date security solution that provided far greater control over who could access what, where and when and provide full audit trail accountability to resolve any access issues should these arise. The upgrade is a pilot being carried out on a rolling project basis. So far the first two accommodation blocks have been completed with 2 online doors being fitted with SALTO WRM9000 series wall readers at ‘hot spots' at main entranceways to control perimeter security, and 20 offline bedroom and 4 back of house offline office doors being fitted with XS4 electronic escutcheons. The system uses SALTO's patented data-on-card SVN™ (SALTO Virtual Network) technology which is capable of controlling an unlimited number of users and doors in a single system. Jim Caola, Sales Director of Gem Security Centre Ltd, said: "The existing lock installation at the college's student accommodation did not provide the amount of protection or security information now required to manage the access control movement of the students. Having security that is reliable and dependable is obviously important for a building housing so many young people. With our ability to customize both the system hardware and software, we have designed a highly secure and flexible access control platform to meet both their current and future needs. SALTO was able to retro-fit a smart card based access solution to replace its outdated keyed system The handle sets read, receive and write information via Mifare cards as students enter and leave the accommodation buildings and since most access related information is kept encrypted on these cards, the perimeter door mounted wall readers are able to update and receive information from the cards at any time. This provides 90% of the benefits of a fully online access control system at the cost of a stand alone system, and as the students use their smart ID cards, they build up an on-card audit trails enabling college management to track their movement through both the offline and online parts of the system as and when required. And if a card is lost or stolen it can be quickly deleted from the system," adds Caola. Phil Wood, Facilities Manager at the Royal Agricultural College comments: "We're very impressed with the SALTO product. Its advanced system design gives an impressive degree of control over our student accommodation security. And as this same accommodation is also used by Isis students and conference delegates during the summer months when our normal students are not in residence, the flexibility of our new XS4 system endorses the fact that we can safely and securely look after these visitors too."
One of the world's leading aviation services companies is using electronic access control from SALTO Systems to protect and secure its cargo trucking and office facilities at Manchester, Heathrow, Edinburgh and Stansted airports. Servisair Cargo operates at 31 locations worldwide, including 20 throughout the UK and Ireland, and handles 1 million tonnes of cargo per year on behalf of 600 customers. With business growing in the UK, the company wanted to improve the safety and security of its airside facilities by updating its mechanical locks and keypad entry systems, replacing them with the latest fully featured electronic access control system. SALTO Systems were chosen to provide an integrated solution and the first installation was carried out at Manchester airport as part of an overall building refurbishment project. Geoff Hill, Systems Manager from local SALTO business partner Keyways, says: "Servisair Cargo had initially considered fitting a fully hard wired system from another manufacturer but hard wiring an entire building for a fully on-line controlled system is prohibitively expensive and is not always technically achievable due to mains power and network cable run problems. We were able to demonstrate to the company that the SALTO system could provide them with a practical alternative providing almost everything that a hard wired system would deliver but in a stand-alone, wire-free format and at lower cost." Once the go-ahead for the project had been approved, SALTO electronic handle sets were installed on to five main entrance doors in the trucking offices and to 23 internal doors in the cargo offices. These are controlled via a ROM i-Button system where access information is recorded and stored in the escutcheon and the ID carriers (the i-Button keys) are 'fixed'. This means that when user profiles are changed the iButton keys do not require re-programming. Instead the escutcheons and control units are up-dated. This is especially useful in those buildings where, for organizational reasons, updating of the doors is preferred over the updating of keys. SALTO is now protecting Servisair Cargoat four major British airports One of the main requirements of the upgrade was that Servisair Cargo wanted to reduce the time needed to manage its access control system without any loss of flexibility, control or security. This was achieved this by allowing stand-alone locks to read and receive information via the ROM i-Button system. Since most user related access information is stored in an encrypted format on the ID carriers, this eliminates the physical restrictions of traditional stand alone electronic locks and allows both the i-Buttons and locks to be updated, restricted or deleted. Following the successful installation at Manchester, Servisair Cargo then decided to upgrade their facilities at Heathrow, Edinburgh and Stansted airports. Engineers from the company carried out the physical installation of the locking hardware, installing it on 32 doors at Heathrow, three doors at Edinburgh and three doors at Stansted. They also performed their own computer software set up with specialist guidance from SALTO. Brian Coan, UK Operations Director at Servisair Cargo, comments: "We have been very impressed with the ease of installation and the overall appearance of the SALTO product. It does everything we want of it which is access control principally, but some department managers at the company are also using its built-in audit trail facility on the main entrance doors to log in employees as they arrive for work."
AElement grants access privileges to individual guest rooms and gathering audit trail data from every door in real time In the competitive, not to mention crowded, world of hospitality, standing out from the competition and convincing travellers that you have something different to offer can be a hard call. BLOC Hotels have pulled this off in style at Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal. Establishing a niche by taking the hotel room as a blank design, stripping out all the stuff you don’t need while upgrading the finish around all the stuff you do. Rooms are offered at a competitive price (starting from £59) with everything booked, accessed and controlled by the very latest in smart technology. The company opened its first hotel in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter in 2011. This has been well received within the city, its small but perfectly formed rooms bringing a touch of class to the low-cost hotel concept by offering four-star standards at two or three star prices. In March 2014 the group opened a second property in a very different location at Gatwick Airport. So, how do they do it? Adoption Of Integrated Smart Technology BLOC uses Hospitality specialists Boxbuild to design, procure and fit out the physical rooms and to provide the smart technology solutions the Hotel runs on. The key to their success is to build the individual hotel rooms off site in pre-fabricated kits. These are then delivered to and rapidly assembled on site. High quality, long lasting materials are used so no plastering or painting is needed speeding up the fit out process and providing a long lasting space that requires little maintenance. The bathroom is modular so it simply fits into place and is connected to power and water. The result is a uniformly dark, but practical and contemporary room that perfectly suits the needs of the business or family traveler. The Gatwick hotel is spread across five floors with 245 rooms divided into standard, business and executive level offerings with 5 disabled-friendly rooms per floor and is located in an old renovated office block built above the airport with reception inside the South Terminal – just steps from departures. The North Terminal is just a couple of minutes away accessed by a free monorail service. One of the key factors making BLOC a unique offering, beyond its quick-build construction techniques, contemporary styling and great locations, is its adoption of integrated smart technology to run every aspect of the hotel, at every level. Use Of Near Field Communications Or Bluetooth Low Energy Technology One of the key factors makingBLOC a unique offering is itsadoption of integrated smarttechnology to run every aspectof the hotel, at every level. According to recent research by hotels solutions provider HRS, guest demand for the use of smartphones, tablets and corresponding apps as part of their hotel experience is increasing. The new research surveyed 4,377 users and found that 44% of guests from the UK would like the use of a tablet PC in their room, and 42% would rather operate their hotel room’s lighting, air conditioning and television via a touch screen display instead of using a separate remote control or switch. The survey also revealed that business travellers in particular are looking for a home-from-home experience when it comes to the use of smart technology in their hotel room. “Research such as this is encouraging as we know the hospitality industry is exploring the use of smartphones and tablet technology, but we’re probably 12 to 18 months ahead of everyone else when it comes to having a fully-functioning, cutting edge hotel that has been designed from the ground up to operate this way,”says Gary Holmes, Managing Director of ConnectedHotels, the technology division of Boxbuild. “The technology we’ve delivered for BLOC goes far beyond just offering free SMART TVs, free Wi-Fi and super-fast broadband; it encompasses everything from the Guest Experience including mobile and web, access, self-service kiosks for check-in and tablet control of in-room systems, through to back of house operations processes, automating and integrating check-out and housekeeping, building management, energy efficiency and operation of the live hotel environment. “Take room access, for example. We had a good look at what other hotels were doing and what they were using and decided we wanted something that was sleek, cutting edge and contemporary, not to mention smart. If you look at the door locking systems a lot of other hotels still use they are big, bulky, and in many cases downright ugly. Often they run on old-fashioned swipe technology because it’s cheap and guest security in some cases is not always their highest priority. We were determined to be different. “Our strategy is focused around the use of mobile apps that are free for Guests to download from the Apple AppStore or Google Play and able to tap into developments such as NFC (Near Field Communications) or BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) so that the Guest’s own smartphone becomes not only their room key, but their wallet and remote control device as well. "AElement is also NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled so it was the perfect choice of product to work with the Boxbuild mobile device approach", says Darren Keating, National Account Manager Hospitality, SALTO “With this complete digital experience, guests can book a room, check in and use their smartphone as their electronic room key. Once in the room, a passive infrared sensor detects their presence and turns on the lighting and if we want, the air conditioning to a preferred temperature, and switch the television on with a welcome message. The same app then enables the smartphone to control room features such as lighting, air conditioning, electric blackout blinds and the smart LED television. Each room also has a dedicated Samsung Galaxy Tablet to provide in room controls with a very simple interface so guests of any age or technical ability can use the features of the room without downloading the app. “Finding a room lock that could work with this technology to our high standards was a fairly short search as many manufacturers’ offerings were simply not up to the job. This led us to SALTO who are world leaders in wire free and wireless access control technology and have an established reputation as manufacturers of advanced security solutions to the hotel and hospitality industry. After listening to what we needed and what we wanted to achieve, they recommended their AElement hotel lock as being the right technology for the job.” SALTO NFC-Enabled AElement Smart Locks “We pride ourselves on delivering the things that matter to our clients - the best possible design, technology and features, and so our collaboration with BLOC on their latest hotel was critical,” says Darren Keating, National Account Manager Hospitality for SALTO. “AElement has been developed with the needs of hotels in mind and features a range of hospitality-specific applications including the ability to control the security of the entire hotel from a single location. This includes granting access privileges to individual guest rooms and gathering audit trail data from every door in real time – all without leaving the front desk. Other benefits for the hotel include instant room move and instant extended stay abilities as well as lost card cancellation, intrusion alarm, door ajar alarm, remote opening, real time audit trail, passage mode activation for meeting rooms and automated low battery reporting. “And not only that, but AElement is also NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled so it was the perfect choice of product to work with the Boxbuild mobile device approach. This in-built technology gives the hotel the ability to continuously upgrade their security without having to upgrade their locks, saving them long term operating costs while providing the hotel with what it needs most – total control.” Result Summing up Gary Holmes says, “To ensure the hotel’s guests are secure during their stay with us and to compliment the design led ethos of the hotel brand, we wanted a stylish high performance locking system that not only looked good, but also offered us the latest technology and was capable of growing with us in the future. SALTO has provided us with all of this and more and we are already working with SALTO to roll out their AElement smart locks across the Bloc Hotel brand.”
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