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Antimicrobial tech with access control

SALTO Systems, with BioCote the antimicrobial technology supplier, has since 2011 incorporated antimicrobial silver ion technology in its electronic smart lock range, electronic cylinders, locker locks, and supporting devices such as wall readers. The access control product company says that addition of BioCote’s antimicrobial technology helps reduce microbes on door handles and improves hygiene in buildings.

Aznar Sethna, CSMO SALTO Systems says: “The more hygienic the handle set, the less chance of cross-contamination. This helps to reduce the spread of microbes around a building as microbes are not transferred from door to door and surface to surface. We have long seen and offered the benefit of having BioCote® added to our electronic lock products to contribute to customers existing cleaning and hygiene regimes.”

BioCote reports that it has tested against a feline strain of coronavirus, showing a reduction of 90 per cent in two hours, which is a positive indicator of the antiviral properties of their technology, it is claimed. BioCote adds that it cannot be wiped or worn away.

SALTO BioCote antimicrobial protection consists of silver-ion which is integrated during manufacturing. SALTO added BioCote as a standard additive for all the plastic devices it produces as well as with the new XS4 Locker Lock BLE. SALTO also offers BioCote as an option on its complete line of electronic locks and online wall readers.

Sethna says: “Our findings continue to show the positive impact of having antimicrobial coatings on our smart-locking product range with regards to reducing levels of bacterial contamination. BioCote silver ion technology significantly reduces the level of microbes on SALTO escutcheons and door handles by up to 99.99 percent which is an incredible achievement.”

The finish of BioCote-treated smart door lock hardware differs slightly from that of standard-finish escutcheons due to the mix of lacquer and silver ion particles. On wall readers, locker locks, and lock readers, it’s invisible. The finish maintains its antimicrobial performance over the expected lifetime of the products, the product firms add.

“SALTO has been an innovative leader in electronic access control technology for two decades and we are just as proud to have been equally as advanced when it comes to the hygienic properties of our products with a leading partner like BioCote,” said Sethna.

SALTO has published a white paper that discusses use of BioCote; to download the white paper, click here.


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