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Delta Security, the CCTV and access control specialist, has installed a new access control system in Oak Hill Theological College to protect the college’s students, residents, employees and property.

The company has a broad portfolio of completed works in the education sector, with other recent installations including Woodberry Primary School, Orchard Primary School, Betty Layward Primary School and Berger Primary School.

Dave Mundy, Operations Director at Delta Security, says the company’s success in the sector is a result of its understanding that educational establishments require a specific, yet tailored approach: “In providing a safe environment for students, one where access is only granted when appropriate and where it is clear who is on site at any one time, it is essential that access control solutions are reliable, flexible and easy for back office employees, teachers and visitors to use” He said.

“Conversely however, it is also important to treat each installation independently, realising one size does not fit all. Oak Hill, as a large and unusual educational establishment, is a good example of this, and where understanding the full and varied capabilities of access control systems, is key.”

The theological college is set in 60 acres of land just outside of London in Hertfordshire, and is home to a modern academic centre with lecture theatres, seminar rooms, library space and study facilities, as well as considerable residential facilities for both year-round and term-time residents. The site also houses a nursery for residents’ children to attend.


To manage this diverse on-site population, Delta has installed a fully IP-based Salto Access control system, including ID passes and ad hoc printable passes, and new automatic electronic gates at the college entrance.

Tim McMahon, Operations Vice

Principal at Oak Hill Theological College, says key to the new system was that the college had more information on access usage and greater control over what access was given to different parties: “Oak Hill is different to many educational establishments in that not only do many of our students live at the college, but their families do too.

“This means we have to accommodate access for young families and teenagers, as well employees and deliveries. A flexible access system was critical in order that we could strike the correct balance between user-friendly convenience and a high level of security.”

The system has been designed so that the college can tailor access according to the user’s needs. It also needed to accommodate different entry ‘media’ including ID cards, codes and help buttons that transfer to either reception or relevant mobile numbers.

Tim had experience with Salto Access systems and so had a good idea of its capabilities: “I knew what I wanted to achieve and the Delta engineers have been excellent in helping us to realise these goals,”

he continued. “They are very knowledgeable of both the system and security in general. The gates, for example, are integrated with the fire alarm to open automatically in the event of an alarm activation to give access to the fire brigade.

“We now have a system that works as we want it to, and because it is IP-based it is future proof, so we are able to utilise additional capabilities as and when budgets allow.”

Dave added that he has enjoyed working on this unusual project: “The College has such diverse access needs that it has been very interesting to provide a solution that meets its requirements. It demonstrates our engineers’ expertise and we look forward to working with Oak Hill in the future for further enhancements.”

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