12 Mar 2012

The City of Moonee Valley is a local government area located within the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Australia. It comprises the north-western suburbs between 3 and 13 kilometres from Melbourne city centre, and was formed in 1994 from the merger of the City of Essendon and part of the City of Keilor.

To manage their mixed array of buildings including the main depot, offices, administration areas, public toilets, community halls, shared use venues, leisure & recreation facilities etc, Moonee Valley City Council fitted a traditional mechanical keyed security system many years ago.

This was fine when first installed but over the years users had grown steadily and the system struggled to cope with demand. Key control had become a significant and costly problem, with lost keys and the replacement of locks becoming an unwanted financial burden, so the council realised they needed a more versatile and cost-effective way to regulate access and entry to and within their premises.

Facilities Manager Craig Perry says: "One of the main areas causing us particular concern was issues with the hiring out of public venues. To do this we issued keys to the hirer which were often not returned, necessitating unwanted re-keying costs, and it also meant that people had access to the venue from as soon as they received the key up until the time they returned it, enabling them to use the venue for longer than the permitted and paid for hire time."

"To put and end to this and several other security issues, we needed specialist advice on how we could achieve maximum security without compromising ease of use, or our building's structures and aesthetics."

The Council engaged JAB Solutions, one of their pre-qualified Schedule of Rates Contractors, to install the Salto System.

The solution

Following a detailed inspection of the various sites and a review of the type of access control equipment needed, the Salto system together with its Salto Virtual Network (SVN) technology was selected. This was the ideal solution as it would provide the council with almost everything they would get from a fully wired online system, but at the cost of a stand-alone system.