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Hillcrest Christian College upgrades to SALTO

Hillcrest Christian College.

Tuesday 09 February 2016

One of the greatest challenges for any education establishment is balancing the need to provide an open learning environment whilst ensuring the campus is safe and secure for both pupils and staff at all times.

Good security plays a vital part in this so to ensure theirs was up to the task Hillcrest Christian College an independent Christian school located in Reedy Creek, on Australia’s Gold Coast, has replaced and upgraded their mechanical locking system with the latest electronic access control technology from SALTO Systems.
The school has approximately 1150 students enrolled each semester, both Australian and International, from Prep to Year 12. It is also a member of the CSA (Christian Schools Organization), which defines the school as a locally governed and not-for-profit organization.
Bret O'Neill from local SALTO dealer FRANKsecure says “We’ve been looking after security at the school for more than 25 years. When they mentioned upgrading from their old mechanical keying system we recommended SALTO as our experience with it over a number of years is that it is very reliable.

It provides the school with a standalone battery operated access control solution without having to hard wire. It also enables them to set up or restrict access at will and they can cancel fobs instantly due to loss or theft without having to re-key doors as with their old style locks.

We’ve now upgraded 40 doors on-site including administration entry doors, staff rooms, classrooms, gymnasium, theatre and the science lab with online and offline electronic escutcheons. We’ve also fitted specialist electronic panic bars to emergency exit doors at the school.”

Ken Middleton, from the Hillcrest Christian College Maintenance Department, comments “What we’ve found useful with SALTO is that it enables us to integrate the time table program for teachers with room access to ensure only the room allocated can be accessed.

It was easy to install, not requiring expensive cabling to each door, which is much more cost effective. We like the fact that we can set a level of security as to who has access to the facilities and that it provides us with feedback on the status of each door for proactive maintenance purposes.”