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Video door entry for children’s hospital

A children’s hospital has had IP video entry system installed. The ViP product from Comelit at Sheffield Children’s hospital has been integrated with the hospital’s unified Cisco infrastructure network.

As part of a £40m redevelopment, the video entry and access control system has been installed in a new section of the hospital, which is home to a new outpatients’ department and three wards, featuring more single rooms with en-suite facilities for parents staying with their children. The new building also includes priority car parking, a main reception area, a play tower and an inner courtyard play area.

The entrances to the wards have been fitted with ViP Ikall and ViP vandal-resistant video entry panels, which allow staff to control the access of visitors. The entry panels transmit calls to ten Icona monitors at nurses’ stations, where staff can speak with visitors and allow or deny access. If the nurses’ station is not staffed, the call is automatically routed to the paging system to alert staff.

The Ikall panels enable audio and video communication with visitors via a built-in colour camera and a two-way speaker. The panels have LED backlighting and screen characters, featuring touch-sensitive keypads. The panels can also be set up to include options such as numerical push-buttons, digital name directory and proximity RF readers as part of a bespoke configuration.

The Icona monitors have a 4.3-inch colour screen and come with sensitive touch technology, a hands-free function, audio ringtone (which can be selected from a range of polyphonic ringtones) and colour/contrast adjustment. The full duplex audio monitor is fitted with an SD card slot.

Two Comelit help points – which connect to the new building’s reception area – have also been installed on the network for visitors to ask for assistance: one in the internal staircase, the other at the internal car park.

Nick Stevens, Comelit’s Business Development Manager, Northeast said: “The most striking aspect of this installation is that it resides on the hospital’s existing unified network, rather than having the inconvenience of installing dedicated cabling. The hospital’s IT department was very positive about having our equipment on its network and the installation shows that our IP equipment is suitable for integration with enterprise level networks.”


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