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New Access Control System Enhances the Student Experience at Strathallan School

Strathallan School

Access Control System Enhances the Student Experience at Strathallan School

Strathallan School is one of Scotland’s leading independent boarding and day schools. Located at Forgandenny, in the heart of rural Perthshire and just seven miles from the City of Perth, the school accommodates 540 boys and girls between the ages of 9-18.

As one of the most progressive independent schools, Strathallan offers excellent academic, sports, residential and recreational facilities. The School has an impressive 32 buildings and facilities include a variety of teaching and boarding houses and sporting facilities, all situated on one 153-acre campus.


Strathallan recognised the need to upgrade its Access Control system to continue to meet the challenges of the open nature of the campus, and to further accommodate the extended school agenda in a safe and convenient environment. The School realised that adopting the latest technology would not only offer complete security, but also simplified control, centralised management and advanced features such as real-time reporting.


A highly secure and flexible Salto XS4 access control system was selected to meet the security requirements of the wide spread campus.

Boston Networks worked closely with the School to design, deliver and commission the user-friendly Salto System and to help the School realise the enhanced benefits the system could offer. As well as traditional Access Control features, such as door security, multiple site access and monitoring people movement, the IP-based system also facilitates real time reporting and remote management.

The upgraded system encompasses a combination of over 80 traditional online wall reader entry points and offline wireless escutcheon handle sets across the estate, to create a secure environment and offer peace of mind to students, parents, teaching staff and visitors alike. The system is simple to use and extremely effective as user are provided access through wrist bands, swipe cards or phone tags, allowing them to freely and safely move around the campus.

Moreover, the real-time technology allows for more simplified system management. System administrators can easily and quickly issue and cancel cards, and remotely monitor and access real-time data detailing the movement and location of students across campus

The upgrade was completed on time and to budget, with works carried out during off-peak periods to minimise disruption. The new system was ready for students returning from the Spring break, which was essential as during the Summer break, Boarding houses are available to hire for residential courses, training camps and other events.


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