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The UK house-builder, Redrow PLC, has chosen IP door entry for Colindale Gardens, a mixed-use parkland development of residential units and commercial premises over 46 acres in north-west London.
The product in use is Urmet’s IPervoice. Urmet has already supplied its door entry and access control products to an initial stage of over 300 apartments in what will ultimately be a 2900 new homes completed by 2025.
Urmet’s Elekta steel and Elekta glass IP PoE entry panels as selected by Redrow were fitted at entrance points in the initial phases. Visitors will use the panels to speak with residents and the concierge. The panels feature a 3.5-inch colour display and enable the recording of both audio and video messages if no one is at home.
When completed, there will be 24 blocks of apartments and townhouses within the landscaped gardens. The panel display is able to show the visitor a route map to the selected residence. The IPervoice also combines door entry with access control. At Colindale, the Elekta panels feature integrated Wiegand 13.56 MHz RFID proximity readers, which allow entry to residents and staff on presentation of a key fob or card.
Redrow has also specified Urmet’s switchboard software, which allows concierges to manage calls, receive and create alarms, and send messages on a global, group or individual basis. The software presents concierges with a screen menu, giving them awareness of the whole site. As the development progresses, the installers will be able to move the switchboard management software from one building to another, giving cost-savings to the developer. Using an IP-based system such as Urmet’s IPervoice enables multiple apartment blocks to operate from a single software platform on a site-wide network.
Redrow also specified a requirement that the property management software should be able to administer resident services. The features of the door entry system and property management software were compared to see how this would be made possible. By using the Max Pro IP touchscreen monitor, Urmet was able to combine both services on one platform. The Max Pro IP touchscreen is powered by Android and allows Urmet to work with other manufacturers installing third-party apps on the device.
Urmet’s MAX IP Android-powered touchscreens have been installed in each apartment. This is a seven-inch tablet-style device that employs the same swipe movements as a smartphone. The MAX IP has a 2-megapixel camera and a 1024×600 pixel 16:9 screen.
Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales & Marketing Director, said: “Tablets and smartphones with multiple apps are in use every day, which makes the Max Pro Android environment familiar to residents. Redrow understood that app-based technology could help simplify a number of the resident services it wanted to achieve. It’s exciting to work with developers who are leading the demand for resident services such as video entry, alongside parcel and facility management and who are willing to quickly adopt innovative manufacturers such as Urmet, who invest in delivering technology solutions.
“Having truly integrated door entry and access control, plus the switchboard units at Colindale Gardens, means we can make efficient use of the network. Administrative staff have a seamless solution with one point of management and one front-end software set. By providing residents with a touchscreen device that works like a tablet, we have achieved the aim of providing a product that is intuitive from day one.”
Due for completion in 2025, the project will eventually see 24 blocks of apartments, townhouses, a health centre, school and neighbourhood centre. The architects are Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.