A Helpful Guide to Choosing the Right Door Entry System
By Stuart Fuller
Jan 30, 2014
Door entry systems provide both the perfect security solution and, for businesses, simple compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act. Intercom technology has come a long way since the original analogue audio systems with a panel at the front door and dedicated entry handset to ‘buzz you in’. First, video was added so that callers could be scrutinised. After black and white came colour versions. Next digital signals replaced the analogue ones.
In the next incarnation the dedicated handsets were no longer needed. The call panel at the gate or door was connected to a telephone line or switchboard. This type is one of the more sophisticated door entry systems now available. It’s popular with landlords or those charged with managing apartment blocks.
When a visitor presses a flat number, the panel speed-dials the resident’s phone number and connects the visitor at the panel. Access can then be granted, often by just pressing the zero on the telephone keypad. Some versions include video that can be viewed on a specific TV channel inside the flat, adding another layer of security for added peace of mind.
This system can work equally well in a business environment. The entry panel connects to the PABX switchboard and automatically dials whatever extension has been set, and this can be easily changed to suit using simple software. So if the receptionist is at lunch, the entry calls can be diverted to another or multiple extensions. Where no BT landline is available, a GSM system will connect to a mobile phone for total flexibility.
Door Entry Systems with IP Integration
The latest development is a door entry system that works via an internet connection through an internet protocol (IP) phone or a tablet, laptop or PC. This means distance to the security or property manager is never a problem and one person can restrict or supply access and administrator control, i.e. programming users, deleting, interrogating and changing door status, to a number of sites where that is required. With WIFI, you could also be sitting comfortably at home watching your favourite TV programme and quickly deal with a request for access to any of your multiple premises, via your smartphone or iPad.
Entry Systems with Access Control: Benefits for Homes and for Businesses
In addition to the varied functionality of modern Entry Systems, they can also be combined with Access Control. With many of the latest systems, a resident / member of staff doesn’t have to have a traditional key. They can either have coded access, or be issued a key fob/card. This emits a signal that also gives access. An important advantage of this is that you don’t have to change the lock if the fob/card is misplaced, as you would if an ordinary key went missing. The fob/card can be instantly deleted from the system and a new one added and issued to the user. The system software also allows telephone/extension numbers to be changed as required, so there are even more added benefits.
Here to Help with Choosing the Right Door Entry System
It’s not always clear what will best suit your circumstances. When you are investing in a new door entry system, it’s sensible to consult the experts. At Barry Bros Security we have been sourcing and fitting door entry systems for many years. We have the experience and expertise to recommend the most cost effective system to match your specific needs and risk. We’re here to help. Get in touch, or call in for personal, one-to-one advice. We’re just a stone’s throw from Paddington Station.