Interphone, the leading security systems and building technology integrator, has installed an IP networked, multi-building door entry system at Queensmead, a highly-desirable apartment development in St John’s Wood, North West London. The company was awarded the refurbishment project to replace an ageing, legacy door entry system that had become obsolete and was beginning to fail across the six block, 193 unit site.

Interphone implemented a complete, end-to-end solution including all new cabling, monitors, handsets, control equipment and panels, utilising the Comelit VIP Door Entry system and Comelit Simplekey Access Control. This will help to create a more secure environment and enhance the quality of life within the estate.

The full IP networked system needed the replacement of all cabling from the panel right through to each and every one of the apartments, using existing routes, ducts and containment wherever possible to minimise damage to interiors and existing décor. Interphone also worked closely with the onsite management team throughout the installation process to minimise any disruption to the residents while the work was taking place.

The introduction of IP connectivity across the apartments will achieve a range of benefits and create a host of new opportunities. Residents will now benefit from simple, fob-activated entry along with smart, handsfree monitors in each unit that enable straightforward access to visitors and an internal communications tool with other residents or onsite porters. It also possesses a call log server facility, which allows the recording, storage and playback of calls from the entrance panels to further boost levels of security.

Furthermore, the IP networking solution was selected due to the longer term benefits of the system, in particular, responsive maintenance with remote access and diagnostics to quickly resolve problems on the system and reduce operational overheads. The managing agent will also have the ability to effectively upscale and expand the system in the future, including the potential for a relatively inexpensive upgrade to CCTV cameras.

James Hewitt-Lee, Senior Property Manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward commented: “We needed an effective way of achieving building security, while enabling a simple way of admitting known and trusted visitors. By taking advantage of an advanced IP networked system means we have implemented a solution that will meet our needs now and in the future. Working closely with Interphone, we have been able to take advantage of their unrivalled experience, including its excellent project management, installation and support expertise. This has ensured that the project was completed to a high standard on budget and on time.”

Julian Synett, Managing Director of Interphone said: “Many residential developments are increasingly having to make do with technology systems that are no longer fit for purpose. We are working with a growing number of organisations within the marketplace that are looking for advanced security solutions that are cost-effective and can be installed without causing widespread damage to the buildings. Using our unrivalled expertise, we are able to design and deploy these systems to the highest standard, minimising disruption and working within strict budgets.”