Salto: Inspired Access Control

Aug. 1, 2008
Salto combines the ease of installation available in standalone systems with the flexibility available in hardwired systems. Virtual Network Technology forms the basis of the system.

Salto combines the ease of installation available in standalone systems with the flexibility available in hardwired systems. Individual doors in a system are wire-free so there is no need to hard-wire the entire building. Electronic handle sets are available for ANSI prep mortise locks. In most cases this requires only the handle trim on each door in the system to be replaced. Handle units contain the control platform and are available in a wide range of versions to accept contact smart cards, contactless proximity or iButton technologies.

Virtual Network Technology (VNT) forms the basis of the Salto system. A wall reader is installed at an entrance point hotspot such as a vestibule or elevator door. A control unit for the wall reader is the only component which must be hardwired to a computer (PC). Salto Pro Access Software installed on the PC allows full control of access time zones, audit trail reports plus adding or deleting doors from the system. Management tools include a portable programmer for sending information to individual locks. An encoder is available for initially encoding or updating cards (keys). Other control units are available to integration with third party devices such as time and attendance.

Individual smart cards or iButtons (keys) become the ‘carriers’ in the VNT system. Any changes in the system such removing keys from the system are sent by the PC software to wall readers at the building hotspots. As each person uses their key at the hotspot, new information is transferred to their key and audit trail information is downloaded from the key. When the person then uses a key at an individual door, any new information is automatically downloaded to that standalone lock. Keys used in the Salto VNT system also download information on battery status of individual locks.

This flow of information between the hotspot and individual standalone locks provides most of the benefits of a hardwired system while solving many of the problems associated with a standalone system. Personnel do not have to continually go to each door to effect changes. Batteries can be replaced individually as indicated by downloaded information from keys in the system. New information is continually sent to individual locks as the keys are used throughout the system.

A new Salto system component, I-Locker, is made for lockers and cabinets. It features a large turn knob for ease of use. The access reader is built into the outside hardware. The battery pack is located inside of the door, safe from vandalism.

Salto units operate on three AA alkaline batteries and will operate from 30,000 to 90,000 times on one set of batteries. Units will operate in environmental conditions between -4 degrees Fahrenheit and 158 degrees Fahrenheit. Up to 64,000 users per door and 64,000 doors can be supported in a system.

Maximum lock audits saved is 1000 and maximum time zones are 256. Lock modes include: standard (always locked), Office (free passage), timed office (locked at specific time), automatic opening (free passage at a specific time), toggle (present card to lock/present card to unlock) and timed toggle (automatic locking at end time).

For more information on Salto Systems contact: 866-GOSALTO or [email protected]. In Canada contact: 514-616-2586 or [email protected].