About KSU Lock Types

SALTO

SALTO Systems locks are the campus standard for all electronic locks on both KSU campuses. Door Access is currently in the process of replacing all legacy electronic locks on the Kennesaw Campus with this lock type. The two most common SALTO electronic access control components in use on both campuses are:

  1. HotSpots: Primarily located on exterior doors and used to update your card access rights.
  2. Stand-alone door locks: Primarily used on single offices, classrooms or meeting spaces.

HotSpots

These devices are square-shaped and silver or black in color and typically located on the exterior door for main entrances to buildings. When you present your Talon Card (KSU ID) to the HotSpot, it will authenticate, extend your access rights, update your card with any new rights, and, if applicable, unlock the lock for the door associated with the HotSpot.

  • For general use:

    1. Present your Talon Card (KSU ID) to the HotSpot
    2. Hold your card there until the flashing/beeping stops
    3. Repeat every seven days

    It is important to update your card at a HotSpot. For security purposes, the access rights assigned to your card will temporarily expire every seven days. Updating your card at a HotSpot ensures you maintain the appropriate access rights. If you are away from the campus longer than seven days, you will just need to update your card at a HotSpot upon your return to the campus.

    To update your card, present and hold your Talon Card up to the HotSpot and wait for the blue light on the HotSpot to stop flashing. This process takes about five seconds. If you remove your card too quickly, the light on the HotSpot will turn red and you will need to try again.

    To find the HotSpot location nearest to you, please visit our HotSpot Locations page.

    Two-factor Authentication HotSpots

    In some instances, a card reader will have a keypad associated with it, allowing it to be used for two-factor authentication, where you have to use both your card and a PIN to open a door. This lock works in an identical manner as the above HotSpot/card reader, but you will be required to enter your PIN before the lock will unlock. Create a PIN here

  • All exterior locks will lock and unlock according to the building's predetermined schedule. This schedule is managed by Public Safety in conjunction with the building manager.  

  • SALTO Wireless Card Reader
    SALTO Silver Wireless Card Reader
    • Lock Reaction
      Meaning
    • No reaction from the lock when presenting the card
      • The wall reader is not powered on
      • Possible incorrect wiring
      • Not a valid SALTO card format
    • Solid red LED with multiple beeping tones
      Invalid Access
    • Flashing blue LED
      Talon Card is being updated
    • Immediate blue flashing LED followed by red LED
      Card has not been read properly
      Talon Card removed too soon
    • No card action, red LED and continuous beep
      Door is ajar
    • After the normal signal, there is one blue solid LED accompanied by a long tone
      There has been a format change to the user's profile.

Stand-Alone Door Locks

These devices are oval-shaped and silver and black in color and typically located on the door as the door handle. The reader will be the small, black oval-shaped section above the handle. To use the lock, present your Talon Card (KSU ID) to the reader, the door will unlock and you can turn the handle to open the door.

  • For general use:

    1. Place your Talon Card up to the black piece at the top of the lock.
    2. The lock will "read" your card and determine if you have access rights to open the door.
    3. The door will unlock, allowing you to turn the handle and open it. (The LED light at the top of the lock will turn green. If the light turns red, and the door does not unlock, you do not have access rights to open the door.)

    Please note: The lock may or may not lock immediately after it is opened. This is dependent on the lock settings. Please see Lock Settings for more information about the different settings.

    Two-factor Authentication Locks

    In some instances, a door lock will have a keypad on it, allowing it to be used as a two-factor lock where you have to use both your card and a PIN to open the door. This lock works in an identical manner as the above door lock, but after placing your Talon Card to the lock, you will next be required to enter your PIN before the lock will unlock and allow you to open the door. Create a PIN here.

  • During the implementation of the Kennesaw Campus electronic lock installation project, all locks will be configured based on the lock location and type. The two most common interior lock settings used are:

    Standard Mode

    • Standard Mode is typically used for offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, storage spaces, etc.
    • How to use this mode: When a Talon Card (KSU ID) is presented to the lock, the lock will unlock to allow entry then will immediately lock again.

    Timed-Office Mode

    • Timed-Office Mode is used on doors across both campuses upon special request by the department. Special privileges must be encoded to the user's Talon Card to open doors set to Timed-Office Mode.
    • How to use this mode:
      • During established business hours – Present your Talon Card to the middle of the reader at the top of the lock. Turn the handle and hold, placing your Talon Card up to the middle of the reader at the top of the lock again. When the green light flashes, the door will unlock and remain unlocked until the end of the business day.
      • Outside of established business hours – When a Talon Card is presented to the lock, the lock will unlock to allow entry then immediately lock again.

    Timed-Toggle Mode

    • Timed-Toggle Mode is primarily used on office suite doors that need to have an automatic lock at the close of business.
    • How to use this mode:
      • During established business hours – When a Talon Card is presented to the lock, it will unlock and remain unlocked until a card with access is presented to lock the door. Ex.: Like a traditional lock, you must take action to unlock and lock the door.
      • Outside of established business hours – When a Talon Card (KSU ID) is presented to the lock, the lock will unlock to allow entry then will immediately lock again.

    Specialty Modes

    • There are additional modes available which are configured on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions about these additional options, please contact the Door Access department for more information.
  • SALTO Standalone Door Lock with Car Read on the top

  • SALTO Lock with Keypad above the handle.
    • Lock Reaction
      Meaning
    • No reaction from the lock when presenting the card
      Dead batteries
    • Solid red LED with multiple beeping tones
      Invalid access
    • LED flashes five times along with multiple beeping tone
      Talon Card rejection due to privacy/deadbolt being engaged
    • Solid green LED with single beep
      Door is unlocked, ready to enter
    • Red LED and beep occurs between 6-20 seconds AFTER the door has been unlocked
      Door is re-locking
    • Red LED flashing four times followed by one green flash and beeping tones
      Low batteries
    • Fast blinking orange/yellow LED
      Reading process
    • Three intervals of orange/yellow LED followed by one red LED flash
      Card removed too soon a not correctly read
    • Very short red LED blink
      Card removed before reading process completed
    • Delayed or slow red LED
      Not an authorized SALTO card format
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