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Student dorm at Cambridge uni upgrades to networked access control

Student dorm at Cambridge uni upgrades to networked access control
Cambridge University's Jesus College recently installed a networked electronic access control solution from Salto Systems, consisting of 4K Mifare cards, electronic cylinders, locks to secure one of the largest blocks of en-suite undergraduate accommodation. The college has 93 external buildings to protect, and is upgrading keyed locks with stand alone wire free electronic access control in progressive phases. The locks are being supplied and installed by AC Leigh. Like other colleges at the university, Jesus College, is an independent self-governing body, with its own constitution, endowments and income.

Cambridge University's Jesus College recently installed a networked electronic access control solution from Salto Systems, consisting of 4K Mifare cards, electronic cylinders, locks to secure one of the largest blocks of en-suite undergraduate accommodation. The college has 93 external buildings to protect, and is upgrading keyed locks with stand alone wire free electronic access control in progressive phases. The locks are being supplied and installed by AC Leigh. Like other colleges at the university, Jesus College, is an independent self-governing body, with its own constitution, endowments and income. 

The project involves the renovation and insertion of en-suite bathrooms within historic Chapel Court, one of the largest collegiate courts in Cambridge. The six (red brick) staircases on the north-eastern wing were built in 1885 and the remaining staircases in 1928 - both wings are Grade II Listed buildings in UK- also created special demands for the installation of the access control system needed to provide control over entry to the building.

The electronic cylinders has been specially designed and developed for use with doors where normal escutcheons cannot be fitted or are not allowed i.e. antique doors in historic or listed buildings. The replaced keyed locks with stand alone wire free electronic access control from Salto are controlled by 4K Mifare cards that are student ID and room cards as well as being used for print, library and restaurant functions. The data-on-card system used at the college can manage many thousands or even millions of individual doors and users if necessary, enabling users to be removed and added instantly, access rights to be modified quickly, audit trail events to be retrieved from the lock remotely, said Rex Palmer, London Area Sales Manager, Salto.

“Having previously used a master mechanical keyed system, we had ongoing problems with students loosing keys giving us the expense of having to replace keys and locks on a regular basis,” said Grahame Appleby, Head Porter at Jesus College. With the new system the needs to replace locks was eliminated.

 “The first building we updated was our student accommodation at North Court with smart handle sets,” said Appleby. “This was followed by the library building with more door units and now we've just completed Chapel Court with electronic cylinders.The next phase will be the college owned houses in Jesus Lane, which are being converted into student accommodation that will be fitted with hard wired wall readers and more stand alone cylinders on the external doors and all the individual student bedrooms within the properties."

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