National University of Ireland library protected by RFID access control

John-Paul-Library-SALTO-National-University-IrelandA new library extension at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, is benefitting from the installation of a radio-frequency identification (RFID) access control system.

The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, has more than 8,800 students across three faculties at its base 25 kilometres west of Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, and the new addition to its facilities is intended as key to the education establishment’s expansion plans.

An extension has been built to the John Paul II Library on the University’s south campus and the 6,200-square-metre addition is connected to the main library building through a full height atrium.

The large library space allows for a 130% increase in book capacity and boasts a huge number of computers as well as research facilities. It is protected by contactless RFID products from SALTO Systems, which are fitted to turnstiles, internal and external doors.

John-Paul-Library-SALTO-National-University-Ireland-2Double-sided units, gateways, controllers, readers and keypads have been integrated into the system, as well as smart ID cards to give the University control over access and capabilities to see details of who accessed what door, where and when.

These cards can be programmed to restrict access to specific rooms and, in the case of a security breach, it can be deleted from the system. In addition, the doors are capable of auto-locking at specific times to further enhance security throughout the library.

Mary Antonesia, from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, said: “Our new SALTO access control system gives us security that is reliable and dependable, enabling us to obtain the maximum benefit from the technology for our new library extension while simultaneously providing a secure environment for both students and staff.”

It was recently showcased that University College Dublin installed SALTO access control technology at its brand new Student Learning Leisure and Sports facility, with door mounted units reading, receiving and writing information via the establishment’s official campus-wide ID smartcard.

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