Door-entry and access control at King’s Cross Central has other features

Urmet, door entry, access control
This residential building on the Kings’ Cross Central development is one of two with Urmet’s IP video door-entry and access-control system. (Photo: John Sturrock)

Urmet has supplied its IPervoice IP video door-entry and access-control system for the first two residential buildings of the 67-acre King’s Cross central development in London. The first is Building R4, consisting of 117 apartments and which is now occupied. The second is Building R5, due for completion in 2013. Urmet convinced main contractor Carillion that the system was simple to install, added greater flexibility for the building owner and was the perfect choice for high-volume landmark residential schemes.

Carillion specified a system that could do more than just open doors via a handset. The ability to manage other services was also required.

The IPervoice system implements the concierge switchboard function using a PC and specific software. A touchscreeen PC can be used to manage the switchboard, and a night bell system enables the operator or guard on duty to answer calls from any network VoIP telephones in the building.

Another feature provides lift security. Residents have a proximity token that calls the lift to the ground floor and automatically takes them to their own floor. A similar function operated by a remote lock-release button on the video monitor in a resident’s apartment enables residents to send the lift to the ground floor and bring the visitor to the floor they are vesting.

The concierge has similar control of lifts for visitors.

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