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SALTO campus access control delivers security for Trinity Grammar School

Monday 03 August 2015

Trinity Grammar School, situated in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Kew, has upgraded its security with the installation of SALTO System's XS4 and GEO electronic access control solutions.

The school has five campuses across the state of Victoria, with its main campus at Kew which is home to an Early Learning Centre (ELC), as well as Junior and Senior Schools. The Early Learning Centre provides an introduction to education for boys and girls between the ages of three and five years. The Junior School has 360 boys in 16 classes from Prep to Year 6. The Senior School has just over 900 boys in Years 7 and 8.

School security is probably one of the most sensitive issues facing today's head teachers. With the school looking to control access and automatically secure doors at the end of the day, it was made aware by Eclipse Security Systems, the local SALTO Approved Partner, that it could achieve its security goals with the latest stand alone wire-free and wireless access control technology from leading educational security specialist SALTO Systems.

Greg Flood, Director of Eclipse Security Systems, explains 'With young students on campus it is vital that we provide 24/7 on-campus security to ensure their safety at all times. The school is a very busy environment with lots of high-user traffic on its doors so it was vital that the security solution we recommended was robust, technologically advanced and capable of standing the test of time, which is why we chose to put forward SALTO Systems products.'

Products from SALTO's XS4 range in a tough stainless steel finish have now been installed on over 200 doors across campus to step up security. These mainly consist of SALTO Wireless Network (SWN) doors externally and SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) doors internally. This combination gives the school the ability to adjust locking schedules quickly and easily on the external doors, as well as control emergency opening and lock down to the perimeter. Using SVN (data on card) doors internally, enables them to make considerable savings without any significant loss in functionality.

To compliment these doors, a number of SALTO GEO electronic cylinder locks have also been fitted to server racks, padlocks and gates. These are fully integrated with the main XS4 platform and their versatile, compact size makes them an ideal solution for doors where fitting a conventional electronic handle set was not required.
The SALTO product was supplied to Eclipse Security Systems by distributor Electro-Com, one of Australia's leading specialists in RFID hardware and equipment. Chester Lennard of Electro-Com says 'We worked very closely with Greg and his team at Eclipse to deliver this project on time and to the satisfaction of the customer. The XS4 and GEO units now installed give the school simplicity, affordability and a fully scalable solution that allows for instant upgrades at any time in the future if and as required.'
Greg Flood continues: "SALTO Systems has a very strong reputation, particularly within the education sector, and so we were very comfortable with installing their products.

The school has been impressed with the technical capability of the products and the efficiency and cost effectiveness provided by the combination of SWN and SVN doors. In particular they like the ability of the SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) to facilitate additional use of the Mifare/DesFire smart cards to perform functions other than access control including photo ID printing and photocopying.

The contactless cards themselves read, receive and write information via the school's student and staff ID cards. Since most access related information is kept encrypted on these cards, doors throughout the campus are able to update and receive information from the cards at any time. So not only is the system easy to use, but its functionality has all the benefits of a fully on line access control system at the cost of a standalone system.

The 'smart' ID cards build up 'on-card' audit trails through normal use giving the school complete control over access and providing the ability to see who accessed what door, where and when.

Cards can be programmed to allow access to specific rooms or areas within the school for selected periods only, with the doors auto locking at pre-specified times if required. And if card security is breached due to the loss or theft of a card, it can be instantly deleted without the need or cost of rekeying or changing locks ' saving the school time and money.'

Hamish McGlashan, Property Manager at Trinity Grammar School, adds 'We're impressed with the SALTO product as it gives us increased control over our school security. We like its scalability, its solution for every door, ease of use, ability to integrate into other areas and, not least, its cost!'

Dennis Mavropoulos, Business Development Manager, SALTO Systems Australia and New Zealand, says "SALTO has vast experience of working with schools, colleges and universities and understand the challenging security issues faced by these establishments. We are therefore very pleased to have been able to work with Trinity Grammar School to improve their campus security and provide a long-lasting, flexible solution to their access control needs.'