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Comelit UK, the Hertfordshire-based division of Comelit Group, invited architects, consultants and installers to a seminar hosted aboard Will, a former Thames river sailing barge.

The aim was to update about the latest developments of ViP, Comelit’s video Internet protocol door entry product. As part of the event, guests were also treated to a clay pigeon shoot, as well as food and drink, as they navigated their way along the River Thames in London.

Comelit staff introduced the company’s new Call Logging Software, which enables the interception and recording of video and audio between the entrance panels and internal monitors. The software also records a log of who called, the duration of the call and who released the door. Comelit was unveiling two new additions to its range of IP entrance panels: the 3-One-6 Analogue and the Red Dot Design award-winning 3-One-6 Sense. Both were available for demonstration to guests on the barge.

The objective of the seminar was not merely an update about the new software and hardware added to the ViP range, but to help those attending embrace the concept of IP door entry. Comelit says that its ViP is fully IP-based – external unit and building riser, as well as the monitor in each apartment, which is a fully functioning IP device in its own right. In comparison with traditional analogue or closed systems, the ViP system offers additional benefits according to the company:

• ViP is a peer-to-peer system (non-server based), thus eliminating any central point of failure.

• ViP connects an infinite number of users in simultaneous audio and video conversations, with no distance limitations. There are also no restrictions on the number of entrance panels and monitors in the system. The system can be expanded as necessary to accommodate new buildings within a site-wide complex. In comparison, analogue systems are more complex and time-consuming to modify or expand, which can add significantly to the cost of installation and upgrades, the firm says.

• Plug and Play ¬– ViP uses a CAT5 cable network to which all devices can be connected simply via an RJ45 plug. This adds to the ease of installation and requires little or no IT skills to programme the system.

• Integration – ViP incorporates video entry, intruder alarm, CCTV, home automation and access control on a single platform.

• Dual Application Options – ViP can be used to create either a dedicated, proprietary network, or else it can be integrated into an existing LAN, creating a video entry system that runs in parallel with other digital devices and services – and requires no additional cabling infrastructure.

•Messaging – ViP System allows text and image messages to be sent from the concierge or remote software, in the form of our Communications Manager, to apartment video monitors.

Francesca Boeris, Sales Director, Comelit UK, said after the seminar: “This event is now firmly established in our event calendar as an opportunity to update our customer base about our continually evolving full-IP door entry system, VIP. Our aim is to help our clients realise the benefits of Comelit’s IP technology and the fact that it is now a real alternative to traditional analogue systems.”


ViP can be used in many commercial applications, but is the makers say suited to high-volume residential buildings, schools, hospitals and offices since these facilities already have their own LAN network. To create a video entry phone, the external and internal ViP units are connected to the existing LAN network. This enables you to be ‘present’ at all times without physically being onsite. The system can also be used to identify and assist visitors remotely by broadcasting, over distances, audio and text messages from a central unit.

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