Case Studies

G8 access

by Mark Rowe

The political leaders of the G8 countries meeting in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland in June for their annual summit, are using SALTO Systems access control.

Lough Erne Golf Resort is where leaders from Britain, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the EU are meeting.

Kieran Gorey of Ambar Systems Ltd, was the local SALTO certificated partner that did the installation. He says: “With an established track record of providing secure access control for several luxury hotels in Ireland and many others around the world, the SALTO solution provides outstanding security for Lough Erne Golf Resort. Working in consultation with SALTO we have provided a highly secure and flexible access control system to meet all of the needs of the resort. Access is currently controlled to 85 bedroom doors in the main hotel and to 25 external lodges. The advanced system design incorporates proximity Mifare operation, anti-vandal protection and each lock can support up to 64,000 users. To have done this with fully on line doors as part of a fully hard wired solution would have been prohibitively expensive, but with the architect and client opting to use our stand alone locks which ensure the highest levels of security, they will achieve 90 per cent of the benefits of a fully on line access control system for just the cost of a standalone solution.”

Patricia Donohoe of Lough Erne Golf Resort adds: “Hotel security was an important part of this project from the outset. We needed an efficient, easy to use system that is flexible enough to grow to meet our future security requirements and that’s exactly what we’ve got with our SALTO access control solution. It gives us the ability to cancel key cards from the system when guests leave, lose or do not return them and this enables us to maintain high levels of security ensuring a secure and accessible environment for both guests and staff alike.”

About the resort

Set on a peninsula with panoramic views, the 600-acre Lough Erne Golf Resort has two championship golf courses on the shores of Lower Lough Erne and Castle Hume Lough. The resort’s accommodation comprises 120 guest rooms made up of 53 hotel bedrooms, two Deluxe Suites, two Lakeview Suites and two Courtyard Suites and 25 lodges. Fourteen of the lodges offer two bedrooms – 10 of which are a striking turret design – and 11 lodges offer three bedrooms. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, library, drawing rooms and Thai spa.

About the firm

Based in Oiartzun, Spain and with offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Australia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Malaysia and the UAE, SALTO Systems was established in 2001. Customer markets include airports, hospitals, government buildings, universities, corporate headquarters and hotels. Visit

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