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Apartment building fob entry

A case study of an integrated access control and fob entry system at Carmine Court, a new apartment building in Rayners Lane, Harrow, north London. This featured restricted lift access and resulted in a request for IP CCTV.

Interphone was appointed after difficulties with a previous supplier, so an installer was needed at short notice that could fit all equipment quickly and provide maintenance support. The company completed the bespoke security installation including entrance panels, fob readers and monitors across the 31-apartment block, within a week of receiving the order due to the urgency of the work.

The lift access only allows fourth floor residents to travel to their level by scanning their key fob on entering the elevator. Interphone had to work with the lift manufacturer, and ensure all equipment operated together. This required an on-site meeting where engineers from both companies integrated the technology and enable the required key fob activation.

Interphone was asked to submit a proposal for IP CCTV, not part of the original brief. Some 33 cameras cover the car park, building perimeter and common internal areas, providing the managing agent with recorded footage. The CCTV has already proved to be of use, after a theft in one of building hallways. The incident was captured on camera, so a recording was viewed by police.

Interphone will also provide a rolling, annual maintenance contract so any potential faults are rectified to avoid unnecessary disruption to the residents and added costs to the managing agent. This includes planned and reactive maintenance, by the company’s in-house engineering team, plus remote monitoring and diagnostics for the door entry.

George Basrawy, Project Manager at Michael Shwartz Group said: “Interphone was able to deliver on its promise, which meant that all aspects of the security solution were installed and operational within our strict timescales. Our partnership has proved to be highly effective, helping us to avoid any delays and installing high-quality equipment that is working exactly as required. They have delivered a great service throughout and their team has proven to be very pleasant, responsive and approachable.”

Julian Synett, Managing Director of Interphone said: “We have used our unrivalled understanding of building security and automation technologies to provide specialist design, installation and maintenance services for this modern and stylish development. Our longstanding and proven expertise means we are working with an increasing number of organisations within the property management, development and specifier communities to fit solutions in many large and prestigious buildings across the UK.”


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