Door Entry Feature

Smart lock, smart home, smart living.

Just like the commercial sector where smartcard technology is widely used and mobile is fast gaining traction, the home market is also changing. Everything from serviced apartments to individual homes is now starting to adopt the convenience of using smart phones to control access.

Already there are smart meters to track energy usage, smart thermostats to control heating systems, smart doorbells and cameras for home security as well as smart home assistance devices such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home Mini. Today, the ‘smart, connected home’ is the exception. In a decade or less it will be the norm.

Residential smart lock technology allows the user to go above and beyond what a standard door lock can offer. The smart lock provides multiple features accessed through an app on a smart phone giving a greater picture of home security. Undoubtedly a driver for this is that more people now want everything to be accessed through their personal device.

For the domestic homeowner there are a number of options on the market and most make use of the smart phone to take the place of the ‘key’.

Some take the form of a traditional handle set and have a prominent reader unit at the top. Users can configure, control and unlock their smart door lock from their smart phone via a secure Bluetooth app. They can give family and friends access by sending a virtual key to their smart phone and keep track of who comes and goes via the app.

Another variation is to have a smart motorised lock. The advantage of this is that the door looks just like a normal door with a standard-looking handle and keyhole; there is no impression from the outside that the door is smart. The electronic unit is housed on the inside of the door and again works with a smart phone app...

SALTO Systems UK, South
Unit 1 The Court 
Holywell Business Park 
Northfield Road, Southam 
Warwickshire - CV 47 OFG 

Why Secured by Design?

James Gray, Projects Manager at Videx UK, a leading manufacturer and supplier of audio and video door entry intercoms and access control systems in the UK, explains why Secured by Design (SBD) accredited systems play an important role in improving security and reducing anti-social behaviour. He also discusses why building contractors and security installers need to know about it and the role it plays in crime prevention.

“Secured by Design (SBD) is the UK police initiative for designing out crime by physical security, that aims to reduce crime through effective environmental design. The scheme calls for the installation of security products that meet police approved standards.

The principles of Secured by Design have been proven to achieve a reduction of crime risk by up to 75% and significant reductions in anti-social behaviour, which is why all door entry, access control and associated physical security products should carry the SBD accreditation, whether we’re talking about housing associations, assisted living, or hospitals, schools and apartment blocks - the standard should always be followed to assure maximum security as well as meeting the specific entry needs.

Videx was the first door entry company to be SBD approved, and we have been a member company since 2013. The aim of ‘Designing Out Crime’ is to reduce the vulnerability of people, property and businesses to crime by removing opportunities that may be unintentionally provided by the surrounding environment. It also aims to reduce fear of crime and, in doing so, helps to improve people’s quality of life.

As a member company, Videx has taken the principles of designing out crime and applied them to the specification and development of our class leading ‘Police Preferred Specification’ products. Offering a wide range of suitably tested products, we introduce a compliant, cost-effective and crime reducing system into the access control and door entry market...

Videx Security Ltd
Unit 4-7 Chillingham Ind. Estate Chapman Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE6 2XX

Alpro Square the Circle

IDF Aluminium has installed transom closers, solenoid locks and hook locks from Alpro Architectural Hardware at a building in a historic section of London’s Finsbury Square.

4 Chiswell Street backs onto the Artillery Ground which has seen archery in Tudor times, some of the first organized games of cricket in the 1730s and even a hot-air balloon flight in 1784. The four-storey structure was refurbished by main contractor Parkeray to a design by Ben Adams Architects that created column-free office space with exposed concrete soffit and a signature golden mesh & grille façade based on curtain walling with bold circles.

The glazing is unusual since the Reynaers’ curtain walling for the double-height reception uses innovative bracketry to support massive panes from Euroview Architectural Glass. The Alpro closers are on the distinctive gilt exterior doors and the client is also benefiting from solenoid bolts in the door heads. Alpro transverse action deadlocking bolts offer high levels of physical strength with holding forces of up to 2,000kg, a bolt throw of 14mm and models with oversize pins. The advanced microprocessor module provides power reduction allowing for continuous operation without heat generation as well as automatic voltage regulation, dual monitoring and access control features to fully monitor and control movement. Installers can use housings from the same series for surface mounting which facilitates the securing of glass doors. Dress plates are offered for a clean finish.

The 4 Chiswell Street refurbishment was carried out with tenants in occupation and even involved use of abseiling techniques to replace glazing. A temporary reception was created for access and egress. Daylight has been maximized and floor-to-ceiling height is used wherever possible in a design that meets the Equality Act and includes a revised fire strategy...

IEC Limited 
Harwell Road , Nuffield Estate 
Poole, BH17 0BD 

Interphone Delivers Advanced Security Solutions for Sutton Point Development

Interphone, the security systems and building technology integrator, has completed an advanced project for Ardmore Construction at the high-profile Sutton Point development, a vibrant new community at the heart of the London Borough of Sutton. The company was appointed to design and install the integrated security systems, which includes fibre infrastructure, BPT door entry, PAC access control, IP-networked CCTV and an IRS communal aerial system with SKY Q. The installation has been recognised by the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) with Interphone nominated as a 2019 finalist in the Outstanding Security Installer category. 

“Through the effort and commitment of our team the project was successfully completed on-time, within budget, and to the highest possible standards notwithstanding design changes in the building along the way, which required modification to our own design and approach to aspects of the installation,” explained Albert Dwek, Sales Manager at Interphone Limited. 

In particular, the Interphone project team took the decision to move to fibre infrastructure to improve performance and ensure it could deliver a high-specification security system. As a result, the company created a fibre backbone network, which allows CCTV images to be viewed in true 1080p/4k without compromising any other components of the system. 

Interphone worked closely with services engineers QuinnRoss Consultants Limited throughout the project. Michael Keenleyside, Electrical Engineer at Quinn Ross commented: “We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver the best possible service and solution for each of our clients, so it is essential to have highly responsive working relationships in place with key technology partners. Interphone was flexible and adaptive throughout the design and installation phases of the development, which ensure that any changes to system requirements were handled quickly and efficiently. Their team’s knowledge, understanding and commitment was essential to the success of the project.”

The sophisticated CCTV solution incorporates a site-wide, IP-networked camera system and full-perimeter PTZ (Pan Tilt and zoom) camera system from HIKvision. The full-perimeter system runs in real-time over three towers, three remote stations and two virtual concierge points with interlock ability. The external PTZ camera images, recorded onsite, are also shared with the local police. This means the management company can keep the site secure for its residents, while allowing the police to protect the area in and around the development against crime...

Interphone Limited
Interphone House
12 – 22 Herga Road
Harrow, Middlesex

Aiphone Launch Wireless Video Doorbell With DECT Technology 

The recently introduced Aiphone WL-11 wireless video doorbell has been equipped with an impressive list of user-friendly features which, together with the communication brand’s enviable reputation for reliability, should enable it to achieve a significant share of the fast growing home security market. 

The Aiphone WL-11, which requires no wiring and runs off six AA-size batteries, is designed to be installed by homeowners with no technical expertise. As a replacement for an existing doorbell, it simply needs to be located on an external wall and it will automatically connect to a portable hand-held monitor to enable users to see and communicate with any visitors. 

DECT Technology 
“Our new wireless doorbell solution stands out from the crowd in a number ways, but in particular because it utilises Digital Enhanced Cordless Telephone (DECT) technology which is the digital transmission standard for telephone systems,” said Wyatt Taylor, Managing Director of Aiphone UK Ltd.

“We decided to equip the WL-11 with DECT to ensure users will experience high quality sound and vision over longer distances than you would normally expect from Wi-Fi. Depending on the number and type of walls in between, we would typically expect the WL-11 to perform well at distances of up to 100 metres, which is a considerable increase on the 35 metres you would on average achieve from Wi-Fi. By utilising DECT technology, we also offer a choice of channels to avoid the risk of interference from other devices.”

The camera built into the Aiphone WL-11 video doorbell has a 110° viewing angle and can be manually adjusted for height, so that all visitors are seen. A choice of four different ring tones alert home owners to the arrival of visitors, with 3 images of every caller automatically recorded on the portable monitor, with up to a maximum of 100 images stored before they are overwritten...

Unit 25, Mitre Bridge Industrial Estate, Mitre Way, London W10 6AU

Comelit Premiers Smart New Solutions At The Security Event

Comelit Group, as a founder Partner to The Security Event, will be exclusively presenting its very latest smart solutions in stylish door entry, home automation, fire and CCTV at the premiere industry exhibition.

On stand SE28, Comelit will be launching its innovative Switch solution, which has been developed solely for installers to enable a simple ‘switch’ upgrade to an audio or video panel option.

Also exclusively previewed at The Security Event is Comelit’s latest simple to install Ciao audio panel, with die-cast aluminium front panel that can be assembled in many configurations to suit all housing needs in a simple and functional way. Comelit will be showcasing its latest updated architect-designed video doorbell, Visto, with an ability to connect via a home WiFi network to allow homeowners to see, hear and speak with visitors at any time, or from any location via a smart phone or tablet.

Live demonstrations of Comelit’s specialist Mini Handsfree monitor with integrated Wifi create an easy upgrade opportunity to installers. Alongside Comelit’s new App, it allows homeowners to benefit from instant intercom control and smart door entry capability with both Comelit’s VIP and 2-wire SimpleBus systems.

Says Francesca Boeris, Managing Director Comelit Group UK: “The Security Event promises to be a great exhibition, which has really captured the imagination of the industry. As a founder partner, it has been really exciting to watch it come together from concept to show and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand. “The timing was also crucial for us to present a wealth of new product solutions across our range of door entry, home automation, fire and CCTV. Our aim is to demonstrate Comelit’s true ability to achieve bespoke security fire and requirements with a fully integrated solution, all offered with latest smart technology and without compromising on style...

Comelit Group UK Ltd
Unit 4 , Mallow Park, Watchmead, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 1GX

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