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University of Winnipeg card system will follow students where they go

The University of Winnipeg has chosen SALTO Systems to provide its access control security management.

Located in the heart of downtown, the University of Winnipeg is Manitoba’s second largest public university. It received its charter in 1967 but its roots date back more than 130 years. The university is home to more than 9,200 full and part-time students and is a compact, diverse, multicultural academic community committed to access and excellence.

Academic programs include Undergraduate Degrees in Arts, Science and Education, Masters Degrees in Theology, Marriage & Family Therapy as well as a number of joint and applied programs shared with Red River College.



July 25, 2007
By Canadian Security

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The contract with the university and SALTO will span a period of seven years beginning in 2007.

“The new contract is part of a rolling program to update
security and replace outdated mechanical locks and keys on 1,700 doors
in all its buildings and facilities” said Amir Zouak, sales and
marketing director (Canada) for SALTO Systems Inc. “Working in
consultation with the university we have designed a highly secure and
flexible access control system to meet all their needs. It had to be
sleek, modern and contemporary to compliment their buildings as well as
delivering ease of use and compliance with CDA (Canadians with
Disability Act) regulations.”

With
the installation of the SALTO access control system the University of
Winnipeg will no longer have the worry or cost of changing lock
cylinders, but will now have the ability to instantly cancel out cards
from their security system if staff or students lose them or they are
stolen. SALTO allows users to remove mechanical keys from their sites
because it is the most cost effective access control solution
specifically designed in a format to control door locks.

When
combined with the SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) it offers users the
benefits of an online access control system at a fraction of the cost,
thus allowing for more access controlled doors, and less mechanical
keys. "The SALTO access control system is a good fit for our campus. It
enables us to introduce risk management to access control, by providing
online real time information where necessary," said Bill Balan,
vice-president, finance and administration at The University of
Winnipeg  in a statement: "Through its smart card technology, it offers
a totally integrated delayed audit trail where there is less risk and
at a much lower cost. At the same time, the SALTO system eliminates
conventional key control issues here at the university."

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“It is extremely important that staff, students and visitors
are safe and secure while at the university. Its sophisticated mix of
online and offline access control points together with the advantages
conferred by the SVN system will enable them to manage up to 64,000
users and up to 64,000 doors in a single system if required, making the
university both a secure and accessible environment for all its users.”