U.S. naval air station uses smart access control solution from SALTO Systems

NAS Forth Worth Joint Reserve Base upgrades access control capabilities

- Latest Technology: In order to provide best Dollar value and ensure security was not
compromised, NAS Fort Worth would need the latest in wireless proximity access control


Based on the above the winner of the contract was K & L Contractors, a local construction and security specialist based in Fort Worth with experience of working on military projects. They specified the SALTO XS4 RFID system and subsequently configured and installed 1,145 of the locks into the base housing as well as fitting 15 'Wall Reader Points' for key card updating.

Commenting on the project, Adrian Lopez, President of K & L Contractors, said, "We are delighted to have won this prestigious contract with the Navy and thanks to our business partner relationship with SALTO Systems, to have been able to install their XS4 access control solution. This product is a huge improvement on the previous equipment and has greatly enhanced security capability at the base.

SALTO was chosen for its ability to manage an unlimited number of doors and users in a single system as well as for its SVN software features as the base was especially interested in being able to remotely update and encode their key cards (4k Mifare cards) due to the logistical challenges faced on such a large facility. They had experienced many issues with their incumbent system, and one of their greatest problems was the lack of support from their previous lock supplier. This has been resolved through us being locally based to ensure we can service and maintain the system for the base, and this has eased their concerns about after installation support.

The XS4 locks have been retro-fitted to existing doors in the bachelor quarters housing complex and right from the start key card control was paramount so the installation specification called for the latest in RFID electronic locking systems to ensure the base had total control over who was able to access what, where and when at all times. Backing this up was the equally important requirement to have real time full audit trail capability to provide 24/7 critical security management protection".

Solution in place

Smart, secure and innovative, XS4 provides a totally wire free networked electronic locking solution. It is designed around state-of-the-art RFID electronics that use distributed intelligence to pass information between microprocessors in the electronic handle set and the key card.

Besides the electronic door hardware, the heart of NAS Fort Worth's new access control system is its SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) software. This enables locks and key cards to be updated remotely and access profiles to be changed rapidly adding real value to the access management of the base. It also eliminates the physical restrictions of traditional stand alone electronic locks and can seamlessly integrate with other third party systems to allow key cards and locks to be updated,
restricted or deleted remotely.

The 'smart' key cards build up 'on-card' audit trails through normal use giving complete control over access and enabling them to track movement through both the off-line and on-line parts of the system if required. This enables a complete access profile of each individual to be established and updated as necessary at the updating or 'hot spot' wall reader points.

Any key cards that get lost or stolen can be quickly and simply deleted from the system by visiting the readers with up-dated cards. The system also reduces the number of visits necessary to off-line doors, since user data is simply transferred on cards by normal use. This eliminates the traditional need to replace locks if security is breached due to the loss or theft of a key card.