Castel is working in partnership with systems integrators, GBE Fire and Security, to install its Xellip IP solution IP intercom and access control specialist, Castel UK, has supplied its market-leading two-way IP audio-video intercom to GBE Fire and Security for One Bedford Avenue, a £33 million mixed retail and office development in the West End of London. The project replaces a pair of redundant office blocks and encompasses 115,000 sq. ft. of accommodation, constructed to the BREEAM environmental assessment rating of ‘excellent’ in the office areas and ‘very good’ in the retail space. The site is part of general redevelopment in preparation for the anticipated completion of Crossrail in 2018. Castel is working in partnership with systems integrators, GBE Fire and Security, to install its Xellip IP solution that will allow reception staff to see and speak with visitors prior to granting or refusing entry. Main contractors, Mace MEP, required an IP intercom that would interact seamlessly with the video management system (VMS) used for general camera surveillance, all using just a single network cable for managing audio, video, data and station power supply (PoE). GBE specified Castel’s CAP IP-V1B-P entry stations with integrated induction loop and vandal-proof front panel. These are PoE devices with built-in miniature camera using H.264 compression technology. Sound quality is optimised by noise and echo-cancelling. Integrators are able to reduce site visits and pass on cost-savings to the client by configuring the equipment and conducting health checks remotely. An integrated MIFARE card reader for access control can be added to the stations if required. Automated scheduling with IP intercom monitors Reception staff view and speak with visitors at the door stations using Castel’s Xellip IP intercom monitors. These are 7-inch TFT touchscreens that offer an advanced interface for automated scheduling. Like the entry stations, the monitors can be configured remotely using any Internet browser and the embedded web servers. One Bedford Avenue is an eight-storey building on the east side of Tottenham Court Road. Architects Bennetts Associates have interspersed the facades with full-height glazing and reconstituted stone. There has been much use of metal, involving lead-coated zinc at roof level and a bronze portal and canopy at the entrance. This is reflected in the specification of the Xellip intercom panels that match with the overall aesthetics of the building. Stuart Hibberd, Castel’s UK Sales Director, says: “GBE knew that Castel could respond promptly to the brief of a finish that would blend with the building aesthetic. Normally we would supply intercom stations in stainless steel, but for this project we collaborated with metal-working associates to create a bronze effect on the panels. One Bedford Avenue is adjacent to the Grade 1-listed Bedford Square and every aspect of the design has been scrutinised closely.” Hibberd continues: “The metal panel is non-standard here, but the entry stations have all the core functionality and specifications of our CAP IP-V1B-P model. This includes LEDs that comply with the Equality Act [formerly the Disability Discrimination Act], IK09 impact resistance and IP64 ingress protection, which will be vital in an area that is prone to traffic fumes.” Comprehensive eco measures GBE was appointed by Mace MEP to design, supply and install all life-safety and security systems for the project. In addition to the Castel intercom stations and monitors, GBE has used IP surveillance cameras by Hikvision, intruder detection by Honeywell and emergency voice communication by Baldwin Boxall. The building has been developed by Exemplar working in partnership with Ashby Capital and The Bedford Estates. The retail space is at street and lower ground level, with business tenants occupying the other seven storeys. Sustainable measures include a vegetated eco-roof, British timber throughout and use of other locally sourced materials wherever possible.
Transport for London deployed Castel IP intercom system with Honeywell surveillance & access control system London Underground has embarked on a major security upgrade at its London maintenance depots. The facilities available at the busy sites include general maintenance, train-cleaning and driver rest areas. A large number of employees, suppliers and other visitors pass through LU’s various depots on a daily basis. Working alongside Honeywell Security, Castel has supplied an IP intercom solution that will help protect the sites from the theft of high-value plant and equipment and the ever-increasing problem of metal and cable theft. The previous intercom system was made up of numerous disparate technologies and obsolete equipment and would have been too expensive to upgrade or repair. As a result, the decision was taken by Transport for London to invest in a totally new IP intercom system, together with a new Honeywell surveillance system and access control system. Video entry stations A dedicated site-wide network was installed for 35 of Castel’s CAP IP PoE (Power over Ethernet) Video Entry Stations, which have been used for the gates, vehicle barriers and turnstiles. All calls are networked back to a single central point locally – either a gatehouse or security control room. However, if a call goes unanswered, the next available operator at another depot will be able to receive and deal with it – another great advantage of using an IP/SIP network solution. This feature helped reassure London Underground that no calls would go unanswered, particularly as round-the-clock access to the sites is critical. Operators using Castel’s Xellip IP Master Stations now have the ability for simultaneous video communication with other colleagues across all sites, thereby enhancing overall security and generally improving working conditions by using the latest technology on the market. Castel’s Xellip Server Max was also used on the project, which allows up to 1,000 SIP extensions and provides plenty of capacity for expansion to the system in the future. The new intercom system will not only prevent unwanted visitors from accessing the sites, some of which cover a very large area and have many entrance and exit points, but it will also safeguard staff working there and give them easier access. Complete interoperability and scalability Castel’s Sales Director, Stuart Hibberd, commenting on the installation, said, “This project yet again demonstrates Castel’s ability to provide an IP video intercom solution in a very demanding environment where there is a great deal of traffic and valuable assets. Castel’s range of IP products provides complete interoperability and scalability, which means that future depots can be added to the system – something we knew we could deliver for the client if required at a later date.”
The brief from the supermarket chain was for an intercom-over-IP system that would enhance the security of the site German supermarket giant, Aldi, best known for its ultra-low prices and ‘stacked-up-high’ goods in its stores, has selected Castel to supply IP intercom systems for its new regional distribution and staff administration centres across the UK. The first development, in Goldthorpe South Yorkshire, is due to open in 2015 at a cost of £25 million and will see Castel’s highly regarded CAP IP intercoms installed across the site. The brief from the supermarket chain was for an intercom-over-IP system that would enhance the security of the site and also offer other operational efficiencies. Cardiff-based installation company, SGD Security, was tasked with updating the access control and CCTV throughout the Goldthorpe centre. A new dedicated site-wide network was installed for Castel’s CAP IP intercoms, which have been used for the gates, barriers and turnstiles. The new system, which uses standardised SIP protocol to ensure compatibility with third-party products such as VoIP telephones, will enable administrative staff to enter the management offices, while the warehouse staff, including delivery companies, have access to the depot 24/7. Aldi’s preference was to adopt a nationwide approach to managing its access control by linking all of its communications over a wide area network. Control centres are being built in the North, South, West and Central areas of the UK to handle the effective distribution of goods to each store and also to accommodate the management of localised staff functions, including HR, finance and other general administration. Each Aldi region will operate as a standalone function. However, if a call goes unanswered, the next available operator at another regional centre will be able to receive and deal with it, using either a master station/base station or a VoIP telephone – another great advantage of using this technology. This level of redundancy will not only improve the efficiency of how Aldi handles visitors and staff, but will also reduce the level of manpower required at each location, while maintaining high levels of security. Another part of the requirement for the supermarket chain was to have Aldi-branded bespoke stainless steel panels manufactured for each intercom station. To reduce the delivery time for each panel, which also includes integrated proximity readers, the Aldi logo was printed digitally on to the steel surface – this method of printing was chosen as an alternative to screen-printing, which was both more expensive and took longer to produce. Castel’s Sales Director, Stuart Hibberd, commenting on the project, said, “Aldi’s rapid UK growth is down to them offering amazing value, without compromising on quality. This philosophy is similar to that of Castel as our own success continues and the business grows at an exciting pace. We continue to pick up more and more UK-based projects because we offer the highest-quality products and technical support to match – at prices our competition find hard to beat.”
Castel’s IP intercom units were installed at gates, barriers and turnstiles, as well as at staff and visitor entrances Located on the Wirral, Merseyside, Unilever’s main UK-based laboratory and research centre at Port Sunlight has upgraded its security system using the latest CAP IP intercom stations from Castel. With over 750 scientists at the facility working on the development of many of Unilever’s products and foods, there is a constant need for high levels of security and worker safety. Installation company, Grange Fire and Security, was tasked with updating the access control, CCTV and intercom solution throughout the complex. Part of the project required 22 of Castel’s specialist IP intercom units to be installed at the gates, barriers and turnstiles, as well as at staff and visitor entrances and goods in/out. Currently, all calls are directed through to reception within the main building. Unilever’s ultimate long-term goal, however, is to find a solution of networking all security communication to one central point for all of its UK sites in order to reduce operational costs. As a second stage of the project, this aim will be easily achievable – and at relatively low cost using the Castel IP intercom system now installed. Because the new system is IP, the upgrade path will be simple and easy to scale at a later stage as there will be no additional cabling infrastructure required. Castel’s Sales Director, Stuart Hibberd, commenting on the project, said, “Working on a project for a company as prestigious as Unilever has been very exciting. Making sure that our products will be able to achieve what the client wants has been paramount, along with ensuring a future-proof system, which we can expand at a later date. With CAP IP, the installation process was simple and easy, as all the equipment was pre-configured before being shipped to the installers.”
Castel’s new intercom reader solution provides the answer to a small niche that has been a problem in commercial properties for many years Castel, suppliers of communication, intercom and access control solutions since 1970, will be exhibiting at IFSEC London, which has relocated from the Birmingham NEC to the prestigious ExCeL centre in the Docklands. Visitors to stand C1700 at the show will be able to see the exciting new intercom unit with in-built reader (CAP IP Reader). This product can either be used as a standalone item or is easily integrated into an existing Castel installation. The other benefit to end-users is that they can utilise their existing hardware by removing the proximity reader and using their existing key fob/card door-entry solution if necessary. Stuart Hibberd, Sales Director of Castel said, “Our new intercom reader solution provides the answer to a small niche that has been a problem in commercial properties for many years. Historically, we would manufacture bespoke solutions, which were neither time nor cost-effective. Now, this versatile unit will provide either a solely Castel solution, or else it can be utilised if an existing controlled entry solution is already in place.”
The hospital required an intercom system that was future-proof and which had a range of intercom stations Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, the flagship hospital for the Heart of England NHS Trust, has chosen Castel to supply an IP-video intercom solution throughout its large modern hospital estate. Recently updated in 2000 to a 737-bed capacity, the hospital is still being developed with new and upgraded buildings, services and security systems. Lyrico, the system installers, recommended an external intercom solution from Castel’s CAP IP product range to the Hospital Trust, one that could easily be added to the hospital’s IP backbone network. The hospital required an intercom system that was future-proof and which had a range of intercom stations to provide solutions for different areas of the estate. A final requirement was that the solution needed to be able to interface seamlessly with an IP telephone system in the future. This made Castel’s open SIP solution using the CAP IP intercom range ideal for this particular project. CAP IP Intercoms were installed as Help Points within the new multi-storey car park and also at the automatic barrier gates. Two intercoms were also installed at the goods delivery gates. All of the calls are directed to the CAP IP master handsets in the on-site security control room. In total, 17 audio and video intercom stations have been installed. “Value for money was paramount for the success of the whole project,” said Stuart Hibberd, Castel’s Sales Director. “We delivered the project in partnership with the installer, on time and on budget, which further demonstrates our market-leading position within the hospital sector.”