SMARTair ticks all the security boxes for Westbridge school

  • 27 Sep 2019

SMARTair ® Wireless Online access management has provided a simple, school-wide electronic solution for greater control and security at Westbridge.

Beyond replacing and upgrading outmoded, inflexible mechanical key security, Westbridge had a number of requirements for its new access system. Devices in the new, unified system would replace piecemeal mechanical locking on 80+ doors around the site.

School leaders wanted access control already proven in the field, with a track record of successful installations managing access in schools worldwide. New electronic locks must provide a real-time audit trail, so facility managers always know which doors are opened by which staff cards.

The new system would also need to work within the school’s security budget — and be installed over the holidays, for minimal disruption to the school’s busy calendar.

Joanna Brunton, Westbridge School’s Executive Officer explained: “We needed to be able to discourage students from going where they didn’t need to be on-site or redirect a student who was in a heightened state from re-entering a classroom and potentially disrupting the class or causing damage.”

SMARTair ® allows each staff member to carry one RFID credential card programmed with access rights personalised to their individual role. It also provides full flexibility, with the capability of multiple layers of access control, for both staff and students. Joanna adds: “With over 50 staff, we needed more subtlety in assigning access permissions, which you simply can’t do with a bundle of metal keys.”

The intuitive SMARTair ® system software can open or secure individual zones, connecting to individual locks via a network of 9 hubs. “We now have the ability to set higher security for specific areas of our site, especially over the school holidays when students have gone home,” says Joanna Brunton.

“Our regular maintenance contractors have their own access keys, so they just get straight on with their work without calling us to meet them for access. This keeps our time, and their costs, down.

A convenient, cost-efficient SMARTair ® solution for Westbridge School System administration is easy even for non-specialists. “I taught staff how to use the software and encode access cards,” says Kylie Bray, director at Western Lock Services, who have long managed hardware maintenance for Westbridge. “If a staff member loses their card, you can go straight in and delete it.”

The system also provides great peace of mind, as in the case of an emergency, the school can institute a complete lockdown via the centralized system. 

SMARTair ® door devices are wireless and battery operated. Because there’s no need to run cabling to individual doors, the installation was fast and cost-efficient. 

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