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San Mamés stadium installs SALTO smart access control

The Athletic Club of Bilbao stadium, otherwise known as San Mamés, has installed a smart access control system from SALTO.

Named the best sports building of the year at the 2015 World Architecture Festival, San Mamés can seat
up to 53,000 spectators and obviously in a sports stadium of this size and importance, the security system has to perform flawlessly to ensure the site is safe and secure for both staff who work at the stadium and for sports fans visiting on match days.

Large site security such as that commonly found at major sports facilities has been proven to be most effective when a multilayered security measures approach is adopted, beginning with perimeter protection and moving inwards to the core facilities. This creates a much stronger overall security system.

Smart access control is a vital part of this mix and at this new stadium, unlike the previous stadium's traditional mechanical key systems, SALTO stand-alone networked electronic locking provides a versatile and cost-effective security solution. Facility managers at the San Mamés stadium use it to regulate those who require access to specific areas at specific times, whilst denying admission to unauthorised persons with no right or reason for entry.

To date over 200 SALTO electronic escutcheons have been installed throughout the stadium, including VIP areas which use the sylish Aelement lock. This has been developed with the needs of the leisure market in mind and features a range of specific applications including the ability to grant access privileges to individual doors and also gather audit trail data from every door. Other benefits include lost card cancellation, intrusion alarm, door ajar alarm, remote opening, passage mode activation for meeting rooms and automated low battery reporting.

The San Mamés stadium is a world class facility and wanted a world class security solution to handle its access control requirements – with SALTO they have it.