Smart, efficient and green

Issue 2 2022 Access Control & Identity Management

Battery life is particularly important in an electronic access control solution that relies on battery-operated locks. If a user experiences product downtime due to dead batteries or gets frustrated with having to change batteries too frequently, they will likely choose not to use a battery-powered smart lock. This is rather unfortunate because the right battery-powered lock in an access control solution can improve both hotel efficiency and the guest experience.

Smart lock systems often contain many integrated circuits such as LED light-emitting signalling, RFID and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) microcontrollers with wireless and mobile connectivity or a motor driver. SALTO’s battery power technology for battery-operated locks offers a cost-effective solution.

Many traditional building operators still use wired access control and are perhaps unaware that wireless systems use a lot less energy and are more secure when monitoring what’s happening 24/7 at their property. Because wireless locks are battery powered and only ‘wake-up’ when a guest or staff key card is presented, they consume less power than that used by hard-wired online locks.

Wireless electronic locks provide better cost, convenience and aesthetics than a wired solution, achieving wired system benefits without the cost of a hard-wired system. Plus, wire-free, battery-powered locks are easy to retrofit on the variety of doors used in a hospitality setting including guest rooms, amenities and back-of-house (BOH) operations.

There’s also the question of sustainability. With many businesses evaluating their carbon footprint and impact on the environment, some might ask how using a battery-powered lock can complement a green commitment. How ‘green’ is it to employ a battery-based system?

There are significant cost savings in moving away from a reliance on electrical power. This of course lowers the carbon footprint. Additionally, batteries used in a battery-powered electronic access control system can be recycled resulting in further reduction of one’s carbon footprint.

SALTO SVN data-on-card

SALTO’s electronic battery-powered locks provide an access control technology that, together with ProAccess SPACE front-desk management software, allows stand-alone SALTO smart wireless hotel locks to update, store and send the latest access information and lock battery status from a user’s and guest smartkey throughout the building, wirelessly and remotely – via SVN. This data is captured from a guest or staff member access credential that’s used at a wirelessly-networked smart lock or an online IP SVN access point that can be located at strategic points throughout the building.

The ‘updating access points’ download and revalidate user-related access plan information that is then used to permit or deny access. This smart solution allows hotel employees to manage and secure access control for an entire hotel property right from the front-desk. They can check battery status (to optimise maintenance and battery life) and obtain user event information in just a few easy clicks.

SALTO BLUEnet Wireless real-time

The advanced smart technology that SALTO has integrated into every BLUEnet generation smart lock also permits battery status management and audit trail recovery in real-time via a Business Automation System (BAS) integration with Guest Room Management Systems (GRMS). Hotels can now integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of SALTO wireless locks that bring intelligent and dependable automation for guest rooms and operating enhancements that provide the most reliable, cost-effective and technologically-advanced guest room system.

SALTO BLUEnet wireless is designed for doors where real-time control is required and can be installed as an independent system or can complement SVN. It dramatically reduces the cost of installing additional updating points in an access control system yet provides the capability of adding updating points where required thanks to SVN-Flex technology. The options for affordable updating points are endless: metal doors, emergency exits, hall doors, gates equipped with mechanical cylinders and much more.

SALTO JustIN Mobile

One of the primary benefits of a wire-free electronic access control solution is the ability to easily incorporate mobile access use into a hotel property. Mobile technology now plays a vital role in the hotel industry. The most recent data reveals that almost half of travel searches begin on a smartphone. And the booking process is just the start.

The real technological magic can present itself when the guest arrives and checks in and gains access to their room only using their smartphone and a mobile application. In addition to supplying guests the capability to unlock a guest room door, SALTO’s mobile app – JustIN Mobile – can send lock audit trail and battery status notifications directly to the front desk.

Hotels are now presented with the opportunity to use smart technology to create meaningful, customised experiences that enhance a guest’s entire stay. By incorporating the latest in technology to help hotels provide efficient and smart battery-powered electronic lock solutions, SALTO helps hotels improve both operations and the guest experience.


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