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“Game-changing” access control for lockers and cabinets realised by XS4 from SALTO

31 May 2020

UNTIL NOW, the capability to effectively extend real-time, online and mobile-enabled smart electronic access control to lockers and cabinets has eluded the security market. By incorporating Bluetooth Low Energy technology into its latest electronic locker lock, SALTO Systems has delivered a product that extends up-to-date comprehensive electronic access control to lockers and cabinets.

“With the world becoming more digital every day, the need to introduce the latest technology into the workplace, the retail market, healthcare and the education sector has never been greater,” said Aznar Sethna, chief sales and marketing officer at SALTO Systems. “The new SALTO XS4 locker lock with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology drives manageability, creates a flexible and safe storage service environment and enables end users to have what they need at the touch of a mobile app or smart phone, wherever they are.”

The ability to deliver real-time electronic access control wirelessly to peripheral devices like lockers or cabinets has been long desired in the security industry. There are a variety of needs for securing the contents of lockers. In the workplace, lockers can contain property or expensive equipment. In gyms, lockers in locker rooms hold clothing and personal effects, while lockers and cabinets in the medical field can contain drugs. Within retail, cabinets or lockers can contain cash and other valuables.

The new version of the XS4 locker lock adds game-changing BLE functionality. This not only offers the most up-to-date protection for lockers and cabinets, but it also expands usage to additional SALTO Systems platforms. For instance, the locker locks can be used with the SALTO Systems Keys-as-a-Service cloud-based access control technology.

Driving new functionality

The BLUEnet Wireless solution from SALTO Systems was developed to meet the highest demands related to security, connectivity and ease of use and has now been successfully extended to the SALTO XS4 Locker BLE. It is networked through Bluetooth RF and is specially designed for door lock applications where real-time control is required.

Control and management of access points can be done remotely and in real-time. The SALTO BLUEnet Wireless engine allows the operator to monitor live access control events and realises the ability to unlock the locker lock, change its opening mode, activate a lockdown, monitor live door status or change physical access rules in the access plan, all wirelessly and in real-time.

The advanced smart technology that SALTO has integrated into every SALTO XS4 Locker Lock BLE model also permits battery status management and audit trail recovery in real-time. With the same features as an online SALTO BLUEnet wireless door, end users of the SALTO XS4 Locker BLE can monitor online the status of the locker, know if the locker was opened (means card presented), assess bolt inside status (the deadbolt is retracted), know if the door was closed (means card presented), assess bolt out status (the deadbolt is projected), monitor online the battery status, disseminate the blacklist on lockers, update firmware through the wireless infrastructure, open the locker remotely, perform an emergency opening and perform lockdowns.

Easy to install

The SALTO XS4 Locker BLE features an ergonomic design based on the same housing and mechanical mechanisms of the original version. A locking thumb turn makes for easy use even with wet hands. The outer thumb turn – with a red and green indicator indicating availability of the locker – has an electronically managed release. Ready-to-install in pre-existing doors, it is designed as a replacement locker lock and can be used to quickly secure any pre-existing cabinet. 

At a time where contagious viruses and bacteria dominate the global news headlines, it’s impressive that the XS4 Locker BLE comes with BioCote Antimicrobial Technology that can reduce bacteria by up to 99.99% as standard.

Electronic access control in general and the SALTO XS4 Locker BLE specifically eliminate the problems of key management, a user losing a key or leaving a locker lock in a locked state for a long period of time. The SALTO XS4 Locker BLE affords operators complete control and different specific and configurable opening modes for end users. These include the fixed assignment locker (a specific user ID carrier or user-assigned mobile key operates a specific locker lock), the free-assignment locker (any user ID carrier subsequently used to unlock a locker takes control) and the family option (involving multiple user ID carriers to operate a single locker).

Mobile access use
One of the primary benefits of a smart electronic access control solution is the ability to easily incorporate mobile access use. The SALTO XS4 Locker BLE is JustIN Mobile compatible which means that any user can use a smart phone (iOS or Android) to operate the locker lock.

Adding JustIN mobile functionality to a locker lock means adding more features that can be conducted over the phone network, such as updating credentials, blacklist transmission, automatic audit trail collection and automatic battery status collection.

“SALTO’s proven smart technology products have long delivered unique access control solutions for any type of use case and application whether the end user is operating in the sphere of working space property management, healthcare or education,” concluded Sethna. “The SALTO XS4 Locker with embedded BLE technology is an excellent solution for all of those projects that require a locking solution for a controlled, easy-to-operate and fully-integrated mobile access technology system.”