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Security upgrade for prestigious Melbourne school

Tuesday 05 June 2018

An innovative SALTO access control system is helping protect staff, students and visitors at a prestigious school in Melbourne, Australia.

The Peninsula Grammar School is an independent co-educational Anglican day and boarding school located in Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia. Overlooking Port Phillip Bay on the Mornington Peninsula, it is an open entry school catering for approximately 1400 students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

The School was using a legacy mechanical key system and wanted a more secure, reliable and flexible way of controlling access for approximately 150 doors across the site including those into classrooms, administration offices and common areas.

Replacing Keys
The answer, specified by Eclipse Security, was a new system centred on state-of-the-art wire free SALTO technology that uses battery operated stand alone electronic locks. These dispense with the need for conventional keys and instead use the latest RFID contactless key cards that can be programmed to allow or restrict access to different parts of the school.

“Teachers, for example, have cards that double as photo ID cards allowing them to pass freely about the School, whereas others such as visitors or cleaners for example may have access only to certain parts of the School and at certain times,” explains Greg Flood, Director of Eclipse Security.

One of the really useful things about such technology is that it is much more flexible than a key could ever be. In particular the ability to lock down the entire school if required, to ensure that nobody has access in or out, or to open certain doors automatically during a security breach or other emergency is an enormous advantage on such a large campus. My colleague, Matt Sklepic, ran this project and has done an incredible job deploying the system and integrating it with the Schools Protege GX software as well as supporting the client,” Flood adds.

Ease of Use
Eclipse Security was chosen according to Peninsula Grammar School IT Manager Simon Moody: “Because we needed to work with a company we could trust, which was local, and who could provide a competitively priced solution. Other important criteria were easy to use software, scalability and flexibility and the SALTO product they recommended delivered on these key requirements. It now enables us to manage and monitor student, staff and visitor access with an easily accessible audit trail giving us pretty much everything we need.”

The SALTO access control system offers schools, colleges and universities flexible and functional access control with a wide choice of software options. The technology is designed to work in a wire-free environment so there is no need to hardwire, allowing the customer to retain original doors and locks if required.