A global security giant has beefed up its UK and Europe sales team with the two appointments boasting 33 years of industry experience between them.Gallagher Security has hired Matt Jones as business development manager (BDM) for London and the South East and Steve Natton, who takes on a technical BDM role. Efficient operation for access control Jones arrives from FLIR, where he worked in a similar role for six years after first cutting his teeth at Norbain for 14 years. His focus is on gaining a deep understanding of customers' challenges in sectors from universities to commercial premises to top-end security for Government facilities and data centres. He says, "For instance, access control is about so much more than just opening and closing doors and can add real business value by creating a more efficient operation with continuity built in." Jones is a member of the Security Institute and London Chamber of Commerce. He is married with two children, living in Crowthorne, and enjoys golf and cricket, for which he has a coaching qualification. Growing channel partner network Natton, meanwhile, will support Gallagher's BDMs in the north across both its access and perimeter portfolios. He is intent on growing Gallagher's channel partner network to bring on more end-user customers. He is an affiliate member of the Security Institute, is studying for level 5 BTEC on security management and security network design and will be delivering CPD to architects as Gallagher seeks to become specified on projects. He says, "I thrive on building close, long-lasting relationships with customers, ensuring each and every one has access to my experience, technical knowledge and innovative thinking. I want them to think of me as their trusted adviser." He has been in the security industry for 13 years, with Videx Security and working for the government, specialising in integrated access control solutions, audio & visual systems.
Videx has launched a new offline, standalone proximity access control system. MiAccess is ideal for a wide range of buildings that have single or multiple entrances. This includes offices, residential homes and small guest houses, as well as fitness centres, caravan parks and small hotels. Steve Natton, Special Projects Manager at Videx, said: “The beauty of MiAccess is that it can be part of a multiple entrance (80 maximum) system without the need to cable between devices. This means that it’s extremely easy to install and very cost effective too, ideal for smaller installations saving installation time while still maintaining system flexibility.”’ Complete system management A free software (PROA-MS for access control and PROH-MS for hotels and guest houses) allows you to configure the different access levels, the user rights, and to view reports. Access rights of each user are stored on the Mifare cards. The system can be completely managed from the user-friendly PC programme, reducing the installation cost and complications associated with routing cables around a building. Multiple sites can be managed from the same PC programme, making this ideal for engineers who maintain several installations. The system also allows the management of all access points to be controlled from your PC using read/write Mifare cards to transfer data to and from the readers when required or alternatively, data can be transferred using the USB port found on each reader. User-friendly access control Steve added: “This is a complete user-friendly and competitive access control solution. It’s perfect for sites where an online solution cannot be used due to cable restraints, or when a network system is simply not needed. The installation is much easier because the only cabling requirements are to the lock release mechanism and a power supply.” Systems require only one or more Mifare proximity readers (available in a surface silver or black finish and in a flush white, silver or grey finish), the management software, Mifare cards and a USB desktop reader for enrolment. An optional exit push button with a built-in remote relay is also available if higher security is needed.
Videx has introduced a new distribution unit, the 316C, for its digital VX2200 range of door entry video systems. Simplified video entry system installations The distribution box makes it easier for video systems to be installed, designed specifically for use with Cat5/Cat6 cabling which is becoming an increasingly popular cable choice for video entry system installations. Steve Natton Special Projects manager at Videx said, "The 316C distribution box is specifically designed for the digital VX2200 video systems which enables installers to use standard Cat 5 cable with RJ45 connectors to make the connections between the videophones and the riser. Most installers will be very familiar with the use of RJ45 connections in the fields of access control, door entry and CCTV. The new unit will simplify the installation and help the installer in any fault finding should the need arise.” Compatibility and connections The new distribution unit can be used with the 6000 Series range of videophones which includes the 6276 3.5-inch videophone, 6378 3.5-inch handsfree video monitor, 6478 4.3-inch handsfree video monitor and the 6778 7-inch handsfree video monitor. These videophones also include an RJ45 connector. Steve added, “The 316C unit includes all the bus connections including pass through connections and each unit supports up to four videophones. A facility to use larger cable sizes on the main riser is also included for longer cable distances. Included in the unit is a ‘power on’ LED to indicate when the distributor has +20Vdc power connected, a ‘bus’ LED to indicate when the 2 wire L and - bus voltage is present as well as an end of line video signal termination switch.”
VX2200 digital door entry system will not only ensure the safety of students but also allow convenient access Videx, the experts in door entry, has won a big contract to provide a robust access control solution to a brand new student accommodation development in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.The development, which will welcome its first residents this week, will provide 123 student flats in Clavering Place, a prime location in the centre of Newcastle for those choosing to study and live in the city.VX2200 digital door entry systemTalking about the project, Steve Natton, Projects Manager at Videx, said: “In partnership with our installation partner, SMT Electrical, we have installed our leading VX2200 digital door entry system to ensure the safety and security of students but also allow easy and convenient access. We provided a high level of support throughout the project so that each stage of the installation went smoothly and any challenges faced were addressed and quickly overcome. All of the client’s requirements were met and their objectives achieved with the new door entry installation.”Range of amenitiesThe scheme has been designed by Newcastle-based Intersect Architects to be ‘best in class’ in terms of accommodation in the city and will provide larger than average rooms in a mix of self-contained studio units and ensuite bedrooms in cluster flats, with a range of amenity space including a large communal lounge, study room, television room and gym. Save
The GSM PRO intercoms provides greater security and freedom at the same time Videx has launched a new GSM door entry system that uses mobile technology to communicate and operate doors, automatic gates, car parks and remote site applications. The GSM PRO intercoms are available in kit form or as part of the popular 4000 Series modular door entry system for single call button applications up to 50 apartments all with the facility to divert to three additional numbers if the first is busy or unanswered. Answering door calls via mobile or landline Steve Natton, Special Projects Manager at Videx UK, said: “We’re excited to introduce our new GSM system as it’s the next generation of Videx GSM that provides users with much greater security and freedom. The intercom enables people to answer calls to their front door or gate from their mobile phone or land line so they never have to miss that important visitor and are made aware of who has visited even when they are not there. The systems provide spoken call progress information so that the visitor is informed how the call is progressing. Four call progress LEDs also offer the visitor a visual indication of the call’s status.” Programming is carried out via SMS messaging or using the micro USB connection and specially developed PC software. The intercoms also include an exit button input, auxiliary inputs and outputs and a dry contact relay. Kits are also supplied with a surface or flush housing, antenna and 2A power supply unit. Integrated proximity access control Steve added: “An exciting new feature to GSM PRO is the integrated proximity access control (for up to 1000 users), administrators can remotely manage their access control user fobs and cards, eliminating the need for the engineer to visit site to enrol, modify or delete users. The reader is concealed behind the call button name plate window meaning the door panel is no larger than the previous version that doesn’t carry this feature and, importantly, is half the length of previous proximity access door panels. Programming options are by text or via the PC software and an optional desk mount proximity reader is also available to enrol large numbers of users quickly. In addition to the 1000 user proximity access control, there is also a 1000 user dial to open access control where users can dial the intercom number to release a door or gate without being charged for the call.” Other key features of the GSM intercom include an event log that is maintained within the entry panel. This will log events such as who is being called and when, who's opened the door or gate and many other functions. The operation voltage is also wider than the previous version - it is now 12-24V AC or DC and the bespoke PC software within the intercom includes many features to simplify the installation and programming process.
Videx worked with Goldshield Securus to provide door entry systems offering flexible access control Videx has expanded its presence in the housing market by winning a three year contract with North Tyneside Council. Improvements to sheltered housing schemes North Tyneside Council provides a range of accommodation across the region to meet the differing needs of the local community. The Council wanted to refurbish 16 sheltered housing schemes with better suited door entry systems and provide new systems to a further 10 new builds. These schemes ranged in size from a new build development comprising of 8 bungalows to a 54 bed extra care scheme. The number of properties in total that required access control additions or modifications was 1,000. Videx, working with Goldshield Securus, has provided door entry systems that offer flexible access control that meets both the changing needs of the residents and also the operational aspects of the staffing arrangements. Videx provides an easy way for residents to report problems Steve Natton, Projects Manager at Videx, said: “The requirement was clear - the Council wanted an easy way for residents to report issues such as anti-social behaviour, general maintenance faults and any other non-emergency related issue that did not require a call through their warden call system. With the Videx IP based door entry system, tenants have been provided with a remote IP help line through to a dedicated team at North Tyneside Council. By using the door entry handset the tenant can place a call through to the Council which is handled by an operator on a PC based concierge. "That is one of the mostunique aspects of theVidex service - lifelongsupport - and one of thereasons why we are ableto grow our client basein the housing market" "The operator views the call on the screen and can call the resident back over the IP connection. This call has no cost associated to it as it utilises the authority intranet and also provides inclusion for all tenants living within their schemes whether they have a telephone line or not. Another main benefit of this feature is that it also relieves the strain on the Warden Call system freeing up time for emergency calls.” A complete security package and lifelong support A full access control and CCTV system with IP remote monitoring covers the external perimeter, controlled access doors, lobby area and an additional camera is set up in the Scheme Manager’s office. The controlled access door cameras are made available on the residents’ communal IRS TV system allowing them to validate the visitor and the office camera can be switched on to also broadcast on to the TV system to allow the residents to view the Scheme Manager during morning calls. This feature was a specific request by the client to provide the residents with a visual presence if they wish during the call process. Perimeter intruder alarm detection was also provided with remote monitoring which interfaced with the CCTV and provided a complete security package. Steve added: “What’s particularly reassuring for the Council is that our door entry systems come with a lifelong guarantee of support so if the client has any issues with the system or needs to modify it to meet the changing needs of residents, they can. That is one of the most unique aspects of the Videx service - lifelong support - and one of the reasons why we are able to grow our client base in the housing market.”
The development required a total of 15 digital style entrance panels and 525 audio phones Videx was chosen to provide an audio door entry system, complete with a concierge facility, to a significant new residential development for students attending the University of Leeds. The large-scale development consists of 525 Bedrooms across four main blocks and it was vital that each apartment had secure door entry as the safety of the students was paramount. Steve Natton, Projects Manager at Videx, said: “Installing a secure but user friendly door entry system presented a number of challenges both from a logistical and operational point of view. The development required a total of 15 digital style entrance panels and 525 audio phones along with a desktop concierge phone located in the reception area which had to have full communication to each student bedroom.” Steve continued: “Using our leading VX2200 system, we worked closely with out installation partner and offered a high level of support that ensured the project ran smoothly across each stage - specification, design and commissioning. All of the client’s requirements were met and their objectives achieved with the new door entry installation.”