West End hostel chooses Delta Security to enhance safety

Posted On 24 Apr 2015
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Offering stylish and affordable accommodation in the heart of London’s West End, SoHostel is now benefiting from a highly reliable Salto Systems access control solution designed and installed by Delta Security to further enhance security while also providing a user-friendly experience.

Following a major refurbishment that saw SoHostel re-open last November with updated contemporary decor and facilities, Stuart Ball (general manager for One Housing, the organisation that owns and manages SoHostel) was looking for an access control system that could efficiently and securely manage an increasing number of guests.

“SoHostel can be very busy at all times of the day and night,” explained Ball, “so we needed a system that would reliably give access to guests – and only guests – and that was fast and accurate for our employees to programme during check-in procedures.”

The new system works by giving each guest a key card that’s programmed with their details and those of the relevant room. Ball believes it’s a set-up that’s working well. “The locks installed are extremely robust,” he continued, “and our guests are able to gain access without any problems.”

In addition, Ball told Risk UK: “The reliability of the system provides our employees with more time to concentrate on the guest experience and, crucially, we’re now able to fully track comings and goings, in turn enhancing the security of the whole site.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.