UK bike 'garage' simplifies locker control
Editor / Provider: Salto Systems | Updated: 3/7/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer
H2 Bike Run, a gym and bike club with 400 bike-parking spaces for cyclists and runners commuting to work in London's SOHO area, recently had Salto Systems electronic locker locks installed on more than 1,400 lockers in the facility to provide members secure storage. Local partner Ansador Security Solutions installed the locks that can be fully integrated with the Salto access control solution or be operated as a stand-alone system, said Chris Saxby, Sales and Specification Manager.
"Part of the belief was that the lockers had to be flexible enough to allow for change of use patterns, allowing for permanent storage use or variable — maximum 2 hours — use,” Saxby continued. To achieve, this Ansador fitted the locks with nine electronic escutcheon handle sets for European mortise locks, which provided the benefits of full access rights programmable via software, and an automatic audit trail facility to record the last 1,000 events at each locker.
Most OEM lockers are supplied with very basic mechanical locks that offer little in the way of protection. Salto locks solve this problem by offering the latest technology in a simple form factor. “The battery pack, electronic components and locking mechanism are all located on the inside of the locker door, safe from potential vandalism or sabotage,” commented Rex Palmer, Area Sales Manager for Salto.
The access reader is built into the locking handle, and the ID carrier — be it key card, wristband, key fob or bracelet using i-Button, Mifare, Mifare plus, DESfire, DESfire EV1, Ultralight C, HID iClass, Legic, Picopass or SKIDATA protocol — is simply presented to the reader and the lock will grant or deny access. A family option is available for multiple ID carriers to operate a single locker if required. In addition, the ergonomically designed handle is easy to operate even with wet hands, and a durable wipe clean construction is highly resistant to chemicals, UV radiation, physical wear and tear, Palmer added.
H2 founder and owner Piers Slater is already looking at 10 more potential sites in London. With future expansion plans and a possible move to other cities, the flexible lock system can easily grow to meet new requirements from H2.