Comelit Group has launched an internal Mini Handsfree monitor with integrated WiFi that offers installers an easy upgrade opportunity, which alongside Comelit’s new App, allows homeowners to benefit from instant intercom control and smart door entry capability. The Italian door manufacturer, known for its high specification solutions, now presents the Mini Handsfree WiFi kits as a new internal wireless upgrade to its exclusive SimpleBus system, alongside complementing Quadra ViP and iKall metal external door entry solutions. Simple to retrofit, the new kits operate with Comelit’s free downloadable App, created to ensure homeowners can respond to door entry requests from any compatible mobile or tablet device and benefit from video memory, to record missed calls. Says Justin Hawkesford, Comelit Operations Manager: “To maintain and grow our position as the premier door entry specialist, we focus on anticipating convenient solutions that keep people powered and protected wherever they are, fitting today’s mobile-connected lifestyles.” Homeowners will always be able to receive and answer calls from video door entry on their chosen smartphone or tablet" Mini Handsfree WiFi Kit “We are also conscious of simplifying the installation process to enable more installers the chance to offer this smart technology. The Mini Handsfree WiFi Kit allows existing SimpleBus monitors to be removed and WiFi monitors installed without requiring extra wiring or power supplies. When combined with the Comelit App, it presents the perfect solution.” The Mini Handsfree WiFi Kit is designed with ease of installation in mind, with a clear interface ensuring a connection between its monitor and a user’s smartphone can be achieved in just a few easy steps. With colour monitors and indicator LEDs for incoming calls, door open, privacy and pending messages as standard, homeowners will always be able to receive and answer calls from video door entry on their chosen smartphone or tablet.
Comelit has launched a video doorbell that presents smart capability on a 24/7 basis to give homeowners total peace of mind without compromising home aesthetics. The Italian door entry manufacturer, known for its high-specification solutions, launches architect designed Visto as a revolutionary doorbell that connects via a home WiFi network to allow homeowners to see, hear and speak with visitors at any time or from any location via a smartphone or tablet. Featuring a high-definition camera and superior quality speakers and microphone, full two-way audio and video communication is available with Visto. Additional quality IR LED for night vision, ensures homes are protected day and night. Visto has a dedicated app, which is free to download for both Apple and Android devices. The app features motion detection setup, free local recording to your mobile device and optional recording to the cloud. Homeowners can manage all aspects of their Visto devices from the app such as managing notifications. Enhanced protection for homeowners Says Justin Hawkesford, Comelit Operations Manager, “Home security is a vital part of the smart home solution, and is already, a very competitive market. Comelit’s entry with Visto, comes as an architect inspired stylish solution for discerning homeowners who want the best of both worlds; in added protection without affecting the aesthetics of their home.” “We have also been very careful in designing Visto to fit around busy homeowner’s lives, right down to the testing of the push button, ensuring both the product itself and its accompanying app are easy to install and use in everyday life. Our ambition is Visto becomes second nature to homeowners, ensuring the security of their home and their family at all times.” There are currently two core product options in Visto’s range, including Visto WiFi, which draws power from two wires that would ordinarily be used for a standard doorbell to function. Alternatively, Visto 2 presents a truly hard-wired solution for homeowners where WiFi strength is an issue. Visto is presented as default in dark graphite but also available with optional covers in Silver Mist and Cloud White. With a range of product options and accessories, including a specialist internal camera option, Visto has solutions to match homeowner’s requirements.
The whole of Comelit’s ViP access control suite is focused on functionality and ease of use Working with security systems and building technology integrator Interphone Limited, Comelit has supplied its ViP video entry system for 193 high-end apartments at Queensmead Terrace in the St John’s Wood area of London, near Lord’s Cricket Ground. Challenges The installation was a retrofit project where cabling options were limited and there was a need to minimise engineering time on site to reduce disturbance for residents. Queensmead Terrace is a multi-block site; the specific layout meant taking a peer-to-peer approach since individual entrance panels and concierge stations could not run back to a central point. Interphone also required a system where every entrance panel, concierge station and internal monitor would have its own IP address, could be placed anywhere on the network and was capable of communicating with other units throughout the complex, without the use of a server. The site layout necessitated long cable runs of up to 250 metres, so Interphone used Comelit network switches to achieve this. Justin Hawkesford, Operations Manager, Comelit UK, said: “A key challenge at Queensmead Terrace was linking individual blocks with a concierge system and few of our competitors could have offered a peer-to-peer option. Comelit excels at retrofits of this kind that are well suited to our IP products. We not only met, but also exceeded the client’s high expectations on this project. Bespoke manufacture was the only means of preserving the aesthetic appearance of the exterior.” Bespoke stainless steel video entrance panels The client’s demanding brief included the ability to record all video and audio calls made to and from the entrance panels. The logging solution also had to provide information about the various actions resulting from each call, such as ‘door released’ and a time date stamping function was also specified. Comelit met the client’s need to fill the voids left by the previous equipment by manufacturing bespoke stainless steel video entrance panels. These panels are flush-mounted outside the nine sites at Queensmead Terrace and can be remotely configured using an Ethernet port connection. Crucially, the Comelit system allows residents to receive calls from the entrance panels direct to a smartphone or tablet when they are off-site or even abroad. They can also grant or refuse access if they are away and families can have multiple remote users. As an IP system, Comelit’s ViP range allows integrators to carry out maintenance, system health checks and pre-installation configuration remotely. This reduces costs and minimises disruption to everyday activity at the location. Concierges are also able to send text or image messages to an individual apartment, group of apartments or all residents. Ringtone Customisation and other features Comelit gives installers options for mixing and matching components across a whole complex in order to meet specific needs. Inside the apartments at Queensmead Terrace, residents use either the 7” Stelle touchscreen monitor or the 3.5” Smart monitor. Both units simplify essential functions, such as lock release, and can be operated hands-free. They optimise image quality by offering precise adjustment of colour and contrast, and there is ample scope for ringtone customisation, as well as precise volume control. A special ‘doctor’ function allows users who are unwell and know that their next visitor will be a trusted health worker, to set the entrance panel so that access will be granted without interaction at the internal monitor. Facility managers using ViP can configure the system to allow automatic entry for known couriers and contractors. They are also able to fine-tune these access rights for defined areas. The apartment monitors can be configured to send alarm calls to the concierge on receipt of an input from a leak detection unit or panic button for example. Residents can also record a message to be played through the entrance panel if they are out or do not wish to be disturbed. The whole of Comelit’s ViP access control suite is focused on functionality and ease of use. Julian Synett, Managing Director of Interphone, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Comelit, which combines our integration expertise with their leading technology solutions. As a result, we have implemented a complete refurbishment project including all new cabling, monitors, handsets, control equipment and panels, helping to create a more secure environment and enhance the quality of life within the estate.”
Comelit's entrance panels, monitors, and IP-based technology were installed during the development Comelit UK, part of the global Comelit manufacturing group, has provided over 250 monitors and 23 entrance panels for a new development in Richmond, southwest London. Kew Bridge West was designed by award-winning RIBA architects, Assael Architecture, and comprises a mix of high-end apartments and affordable accommodation. Occupiers at this chic residential development will not only benefit from having an elegant and feature-rich monitor in each apartment, but will also enjoy a host of other useful functions that are available with Comelit’s market-leading IP technology, ViP. The site developer, St James PLC (one of the brands under Berkeley Group Holdings), tasked Comelit with delivering a high-performance and reliable system that would offer years of low-maintenance use. The development comprises nine individual blocks, featuring a mix of luxury apartments and affordable housing, all linked on one site-wide IP platform. The residents will have access to a shared Central Porter Switchboard, which allows the concierge to contact and be contacted by all of the apartments, as well as the entrance panels. Residents are also able to communicate and receive text and image messages from the concierge. Video messages can also be left at the entrance station for the residents. Huge advantages of using IP-based technology Commenting on the delivery of the project, Justin Hawkesford, Comelit’s Technical Manager and in-house IP specialist, said, “This was a fabulous opportunity for Comelit to showcase its range of stylish monitors and at the same time demonstrate the huge advantages of using IP-based technology, as opposed to analogue. The system at Kew Bridge West has been designed with the future in mind. Apartment Gateways can be added at a later date which would enable the residents to be ‘present’ at all times without physically being onsite. Useful functions allowing them to communicate with the concierge and visitors, being able to grant them access from anywhere in the world using a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, has certainly revolutionised the world of door entry.” Hawkesford commented further, “System Management Software that also allows the concierge or operator to remotely programme the system, perform diagnostics and communicate directly with users via text or image message, will be of huge benefit to the maintenance company looking after the site and will inevitably keep running costs down. The system health-check helps streamline the maintenance process and means that any system faults can be identified quickly and measures taken to fix any issues, without the need to go onsite.” Flexible range of monitors to suit all budgets and specifications In terms of external entrance panels, 23 are divided between the 9 individual blocks and are all linked back to the concierge. As with all new residential developments, a certain amount of affordable housing needed to be built. For this reason, a range of entry-level monitors was also installed. For these apartments, Comelit supplied its EasyCom audio units, which offer full duplex hands-free intercom with electronic calling, call volume adjustment, loudspeaker volume adjustment and privacy of conversation. For the private apartments, 251 flush-mounted white Planux monitors (fitted with “sensitive touch” technology, hands-free function, audio, ringtone, colour and contrast adjustment) were installed. All devices work seamlessly on ViP and demonstrate Comelit’s dedication to providing a comprehensive and flexible range of monitors to suit all budgets and specifications.
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