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Wireless locking at university

The University of Nottingham,  has chosen the SALTO SALLIS access control to provide wireless online locking using their existing personalised RFID cards. The university has three main United Kingdom campuses: at University Park, Sutton Bonington, and Jubilee Campus; and International campuses in Malaysia and in China. Some 50,000 people arle spread across hundreds of buildings.

 

 

With regard to security, the university had a significant number of rooms such as Faculty and Meeting rooms that required more access control measures than previously provided by mechanical pin pads or keyed locks.  This continued use of mechanical key locking presented a large overhead in ensuring that PIN codes were changed and keys returned when people moved departments or left the University, in short, the university needed a scalable, cost effective, and functionally robust way to manage access to these lower-traffic areas.

 

The university carried out trials of several online wireless locks and SALTO’s SALLIS was selected. This is now in place integrated with the existing Nedap AEOS Access Control platform which runs the hard-wired access control readers and locks used to secure the campus perimeter and high risk internal areas to some buildings.

 

Each SALTO SALLIS lock appears within the Nedap AEOS Security Management platform as an entrance alongside conventional wired doors to provide a single user interface and application to manage security permissions regardless of physical door type.  The locks can also use features built into Nedap’s AEOS, such as providing access remotely and time based automatic unlocking and locking.  AEOS is able to centrally monitor SALLIS for intrusion, monitor SALLIS infrastructure hardware, and report on the battery status of each lock to enable the pro-active replacement of batteries without inconveniencing end users.

 

The university uses Nedap’s optional AEOS Rule Engine functionality to automatically assign access permissions based on a series of pre-defined rules and data fields against one’s profile.  The profiles which are obtained directly from the university staff and student databases are compared by Rule Engine daily and any changes to access permissions are made immediately if a person’s profile no longer matches a Rule Engine rule.

 

By incorporating access rules for SALTO’s SALLIS wireless online doors within the existing Nedap Rule Engine functionality, the university can extend the security to a much more granular level in these areas. 

 

This method not only provides cost savings to the university in the purchase and installation of wireless locking, but by eliminating unnecessary labour intensive tasks, the workload of the Estates Maintenance Team is reduced. 

 

Andy D’Urso, UK Integrated Solutions Manager at Salto Systems says: “We are proud to work alongside the Nedap AEOS platform as part of our ever growing integrations offering at SALTO. Having an access solution that is robust, reliable and dependable is absolutely essential in a campus environment. SALTO SALLIS achieves this by providing a high level real-time access control solution that perfectly complements NEDAP’s existing AEOS hardwired system to provide access control to virtually any kind of door.”


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