Interphone, the leading security systems and building technology integrator, has installed an integrated access control and fob entry system at Carmine Court, a brand new apartment building in Rayners Lane, Harrow. The solution included innovative features such as restricted lift access and resulted in a subsequent request for an advanced IP CCTV system.

Interphone was appointed following difficulties with a previous supplier, so a proven partner was needed at short notice that could install all equipment quickly and provide ongoing maintenance support. The company completed the implementation of the bespoke security solution, including the installation of all 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 innovative 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 closely with the lift manufacturer to install the system and ensure all equipment operated effectively together. This required an onsite meeting where engineers from both companies teamed up to integrate the technology and enable the required key fob activation.

Interphone was asked to submit a proposal for an IP CCTV solution, which was not part of the original brief. This additional requirement, made up of 33 cameras, covers the car park, perimeter of the building and common internal areas, providing the managing agent with recorded footage of all areas of the development. The CCTV has already proved to be of use following a theft that occurred in one of building hallways. The incident was captured on camera, so a high-quality recording was able to be viewed by the police to help with their investigation.

Interphone will also provide a rolling, annual maintenance contract to ensure any potential faults that occur in the system are quickly rectified to avoid unnecessary disruption to the residents and added costs to the managing agent. This includes planned and reactive maintenance, taking advantage of the company’s in-house engineering team, along with remote monitoring and diagnostics for the door entry system.

George Basrawy, Project Manager at Michael Shwartz Group commented: “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.”