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Video calls at Savoy Circus

Door entry at the redeveloped Savoy Circus accommodation in west London allows students to receive video calls via their mobile phone. The site in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, vacant for almost 20 years, was home for the Savoy Circus and has been redeveloped in a conservation area. It now stands at seven-storeys and offers 306 studio apartments, with communal spaces including café, student lounge, arcade and gym.

For the construction company, Tide Construction, system integrators selected Comelit to create a bespoke door entry, using its VIP product. That allows students to receive visual notifications to smart phones.

Says Pat Blanche, M&E Manager at Tide Construction: “The redevelopment at Savoy Circus has been designed sympathetically into the Old Oak and Wormholt conservation context, to provide local residents with the opportunity to remember the previous building. Every material used and detail has been explored with a particular emphasis placed on characterful and distinctive finishes. At the same time, we are very conscious of the expectations of students coming to live here, who demand IOT and associated mobility, connectivity and ease of use services as standard. When it came to door entry, Abzorb recommended Comelit as one of the leading security brands in audio-video intercom, presenting a simple way for students to receive smart door entry notifications, even when they are not at home.”

Abzorb installed Comelit’s latest VIP system on site, integrating with the building management system to enable door entry maintenance through VIP’s dedicated management software. Operating via two multi-user gateway systems on-site, students can answer calls from the main door via their smartphone with full video communication using the dedicated Comelit app.

Kevin Hall, Abzorb Director added: “Having a long-established relationship with Comelit and installing security systems in student accommodation in general, we knew its VIP solution would meet the requirements for future-proof technology at Savoy Circus. By installing the advanced master license ‘virtual system’ we could reduce the amount of infrastructure, with no need to use additional cabling, reducing cost and labour. This meant we could upgrade to video rather than audio-only as is often found in student accommodation and offer the ability to respond to door entry requests via their mobile phone.”

And Stephen Wragg, Business Development Manager at Comelit UK added: “Comelit has made constantly looking to the future its mission, with a constant focus on improving the quality of everyday life, maximising simplicity and functionality. Savoy Circus is the perfect example as we worked closely with Abzorb to design and support simple installation of our powerful VIP system. The result enables all the benefits and convenience of smart visual door entry, controlled by students from a single application.”


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