Summit Place Senior Campus, Minnesota
Summit Place Senior Campus has been providing seniors a comfortable and friendly community for years. They offer lifestyle choices that include townhomes, apartments, assisted living, and memory care. Nestled in the beautiful suburb of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Summit Place is close to shopping, restaurants, healthcare, and several parks.
Summit Place Senior Campus sought to replace their existing mechanical key locks with electronic access control. The management team wanted to eliminate the use of brass keys on the property and the expenses associated with replacing keys and changing locks, said Executive Director Kris Daggett. They also wanted to increase security with a system where they could quickly change access rights and obtain audit information from any door when needed.
Summit Place commissioned longtime Minnesota systems integrator Floyd Total Security to select and install a solution that would best address these needs as well as position them for growth and advances in technology. For more than 70 years, Floyd Total Security has provided the Twin Cities and surrounding areas full commercial security solutions to businesses of all sizes. As one of the original SALTO US Business Partners, Floyd Total Security has successfully recommended and implemented SALTO’s electronic access control solutions for projects just like this.
“SALTO offered the perfect electronic access control hardware and software solutions for Summit Place Senior Campus because of its flexibility, ease of use, and price point,” said Jonathon Bullis, Floyd Total Security Locking Hardware Specialist. Bullis said he knew introducing an electronic access control solution to an older population might be a difficult challenge for this community. Because of that, Floyd deploys retrofit applications in multi-phases – and slowly. “The great thing about SALTO is you can upgrade from a mechanical lock to an electronic lock one door at a time if you want to,” said Bullis. “Once the SALTO infrastructure is set, it’s easy to expand on that system, unlike other brands which can be very difficult to expand.”
Bullis and his team at Floyd Total Security installed more than 500 SALTO XS4 electronic locks and SALTO online door controllers throughout Summit Place Senior Campus in both residence and employee areas. Summit Place Senior Campus employees manage the system via the SALTO Virtual Network (SVN). SVN allows stand-alone locks to read, receive, and write information via an encrypted and secure data-on-card system that utilizes the capabilities of RFID read/write technology. With SVN, all access data is stored on and distributed by its operating credential – in this case with an access card or key fob.
When employees and residents present the credential to an offline stand-alone door, not only does this control access rights to that door but, thanks to two-way communication, the door also writes data to the credential like blacklist information or battery status. The device then transmits this information back to the server via online wall readers that are able to update and receive information anytime and anywhere in the building. The transition went smoothly for the 60 Summit Place Senior Campus employees and 300 residents because the SALTO system is a “very easy system to learn and use,” said Daggett.
Daggett said the solution has improved their overall access control because of decreased maintenance time making brass keys and changing lock cylinders, eliminating the cost of new keys. Perhaps most important is the system has improved security due to the ability to instantly change the access rights of the credential as situations dictate.
“SALTO provides residents peace of mind knowing that only authorized people can enter their apartment,” said Daggett. “It also helps protect staff when a resident says someone has been in their apartment. We can pull a report and see who has entered any door, any time.”
Because Summit Place Senior Campus offers assisted and memory care services, the SALTO solution can provide benefits in addition to physical security – it can improve their performance, said Bullis.
“We live in a time where we aren’t just concerned with whether a door is locked – we now also want to know who went through the door and where,” said Bullis. “Information is so much more valuable than just the lock on the door, and SALTO offers great software and management platform tools to help collect and disseminate that data.” The center also benefits from features like door activity reports which allow administrators to see when residents are up and active for the day, providing crucial information on their status.
Bullis said Summit Place Senior Campus will soon undergo a SALTO software upgrade that will add a variety of additional features and capabilities. “That’s another good thing about SALTO – they are always improving their products which allows us to revisit our clients and provide them with the latest technology and functionality,” he said. “SALTO is quickly becoming the access control solution worldwide that people are looking to and emulating because of the technological advances they are making in the field. We are grateful to be able to provide these quality solutions to our customers like Summit Place Senior Campus.”