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- Women in Security
A Scottish housing association, Fife Housing, has had fitted door entry to 84 flats in and around the Fife area; tailor made to meet the entry requirements of residents.
As installed by local firm Caledonia Fire and Security, the access control and door entry product company Videx has supplied audio intercoms to 14 blocks of flats. The panels have Videx’s standalone offline proximity system, MiAccess, as part of a multiple entrance system without the need to cable between devices.
Billy Paton, Scotland and Ireland Sales Manager at Videx, said: “The requirement was clear – Fife Housing needed a robust access control solution that was simple to use and navigate yet highly secure. The panels we made are to a bespoke size with many features to suit the specific needs of those who live there. For example, the panels included high visibility yellow ring bezel buttons that help the partially sighted. What’s more, the MiAccess proximity also means that the programming of fobs can be done remotely saving time, money and helping to reduce the carbon footprint because an engineer doesn’t need to go out to the developments each time a fob has been lost or damaged and needs replacing. Housing staff are also given a master card which allows access to each individual tenanted block.”
All block panels are also engraved with numbers and addresses, as part of the bespoke service offered by Videx. That enables call buttons to be named or labelled, helping the caller to speak to the right person when they visit or highlighting a concierge service/emergency number facility.
David Todd, Contract Officer at Fife Housing, said: “Security yet ease of access and a user-friendly system that could be specifically made to meet the entry needs of all different types of residents, including those with disabilities, was imperative and the Videx system has provided exactly that. What’s more, the team have been really supportive and hands on throughout the entire installation, working closely and positively with our installer and providing technical and practical advice both pre, during and post installation. I also know that if I had any issues with the system, or need to modify it according to entry needs, this wouldn’t be a problem and Videx would be on hand to help us do this. It’s been a pleasure to work with Steve and the team – the system is doing a sterling job.”
Andrew Thomson, Director at Caledonia Fire and Security, added: “The access control system we installed into each of the 14 Fife Housing blocks are not only manufactured to a high quality but look the part too which is not always easy to find. The intercom systems, including the MiAccess integration, were absolutely perfect for this development and, from an installation point view, such a seamless process. No cables, no fuss, no downtime.
“We install a lot of Videx systems across Scotland, and we’ve always found the products to be first class, as well as their bespoke approach and high level of technical support if we do need help when installing a system, either in the form of training pre-installation or onsite assistance during installation or just after. We couldn’t fault them.”