Salto Unveils Electronic Locks That Stop the Spread of Bacteria

By Ashley Willis

LAS VEGAS — At its ISC West press conference Thursday, Salto Systems introduced several new access control products that feature an antimicrobial agent that prevents bacteria from spreading.

Among the products, the IP66-rated SALTOGEO, a RFID electronic cylinder.

“Our cylinder can go into a standard lock or RIM-operated device,” Salto Systems Senior Vice President Michael Mahon said. “It will provide users with everything — an audit trail, time zones, restrictions and more. It works just like an online access control system, but it’s offline in an electronic cylinder. And it installs within 15 minutes.”

The company also revealed its dual validation product, the XS4 electronic lock with keypad, which allows users to employ a credential plus a PIN code, the keypad code or the credential only. With the new Sallis 125kHz HID Prox lock, end users will see a reduction in costs, Mahon said.

“The 125 will enhance online access control systems because integrators can install it without having to run any wires,” he explained. “The benefit for the end user is that they can now secure more doors.”

All newly released Salto locks come equipped with BioCote, an antimicrobial silver ion technology that helps eliminate microbes on product surfaces. It’s important to note that BioCote does not eliminate bacteria on human hands; however, the technology does stop bacteria from spreading. As a result, BioCote is beneficial in the hospitality, leisure, food, catering, laboratory, and healthcare sectors, according to Salto Vice President of Marketing and Sales Marc Handels.

“The important thing is if a doctor who has already washed his hands comes behind someone who is carrying bacteria, the doctor is not taking bacteria back to the patients,” he said.

Handels also mentioned that when tested, BioCote was 99.9% effective.

To highlight the effectiveness of Salto locks, Princeton University’s Department of Life Safety and Security Systems’ Keith Tuccillo discussed how the campus installed the Sallis 125kHz HID Prox locks in 64 residence halls and 3,000 dorm rooms on the campus.

“We did this project for a few reasons — security and key control,” he said. “A lost master key that has access to all the rooms is a big risk, and it’s a big expense to go around and re-key all those rooms. During the evaluation process, one of the requirements from the housing department was a dual validation lock, featuring a smart card and a keypad.”

Although Salto products impressed Tuccillo, a dual validation system was not yet available. However, eight months after Tuccillo raised the concern, Salto had created a prototype locking system.

“You can’t get better service than that from a manufacturer,” Tuccillo said.

With the help of systems integrator Hogan Security Group, a company recommended to the university by Salto, Princeton will have completed the installation of 2,200 campus-wide by fall 2012.

Ashley Willis is associate editor for SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION. She can be reached at (310) 533-2419.

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