Coliving posted on Mar 18, 2019
Alpha Phi sorority
“With SALTO KS there is no worry about a key getting lost or the time or expense of replacing a lost key”
Alpha Phi International Women’s Fraternity is a sorority with 170 active chapters and over 200,000 initiated members. The Alpha Phi chapter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) was founded in October 1906 and is the thirteenth chapter of Alpha Phi internationally. The historic Alpha Phi sorority house at UNL underwent a major remodeling project in 2015, which involved the foyer, study room, the upstairs living room and both downstairs living rooms. All upstairs bedrooms were refurnished, painted and carpeted a few years prior. In 2018, leadership committed to an upgrade in security as well, choosing to replace their existing keypad system with SALTO XS4 electronic locks managed via the SALTO KS cloud-based platform.
“I’ve been in the access control industry for more than 25 years and one of the best features of the SALTO KS solution is that these residents can use their phones to unlock the door and enter their house with the SALTO KS Mobile app”
The issue:After completing major redesign projects for the historic Alpha Phi sorority house at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL), the sorority chapter’s Corporation Board sought to upgrade access control security. Corporation Board President Kim Straub said they wanted to upgrade to a solution that would be reliable, easy to manage and provide additional security over the existing keypad system they had on all doors. Because the residents of Alpha Phi are technologically savvy college students at UNL, the system also had to provide the latest in technology, including the ability to gain access via mobile smartphones. Leading Nebraska building control technology contractor Engineered Controls recommended SALTO electronic locks for the doors and SALTO’s cloud-based system SALTO KS to manage the system.
The solution:Alpha Phi at UNL needed an access control system with the functionality of card access but was also affordable and didn’t require additional infrastructure investment like a server or other network equipment, said Engineered Controls Lead Security Technician Rusty Hanley. Engineered Controls chose SALTO XS4 electronic locks for all house entrances. Smart, secure and innovative, XS4 electronic escutcheon sets need no hard wiring and provide a totally wire-free networked electronic locking solution with a great range of features and technology.
SALTO KS allows the Alpha Phi Sorority to:
- Upgrade to a solution that is be reliable, easy to manage and provides additional security over the existing keypad system
- Gain access through mobile smartphones
- Enjoy keyless entry, as well as remote management and monitoring of lock and user activity
“The SALTO KS system is a good system for us because members can use the mobile app on their phones to gain access to the house. It also allows for the Board to provide more security for the members by managing access to the house more efficiently”