Video entry manufacturer Urmet’s Max Pro touchscreen is now available with the option for a pre-installed energy-monitoring app, thanks to a partnership with NetThings, an Internet of Things developer. The award-winning Energy Manager app can now be viewed on the Max Pro touchscreen, providing residential and small business occupants with energy use and cost information on the same screen as their video door entry system. This is all achieved using the Energy Manager base unit’s built-in web server and WiFi access point, with no requirement for local network access or mobile infrastructure. Controlling Heating And Building Functions Energy Manager is a leading system for compliance with the ENE3 energy display requirement under the Code for Sustainable Homes. Capable of monitoring all utilities, including electricity and heat, it is worth two ‘code credits’ under the regulations. Urmet’s Max Pro touchscreen enables architects and developers to reduce the number of control devices to one multi-functional touchscreen The NetThings platform’s other features, such as transmission of energy data to billing systems, or nano-BEMS functionality for controlling heating and other building functions, are all potentially available from the base unit. Multi-Functional Max Pro Touchscreen Urmet’s Max Pro touchscreen enables architects and developers to reduce the number of control devices to one multi-functional touchscreen. The screen is powered by Android, allowing seamless integration of apps from third parties and enabling specifiers to choose their smart home control partners for heating, cooling, lighting, blinds and energy display – without being tied to one brand. “NetThings are pleased to partner with Urmet to introduce our Energy Manager monitoring capability to their Max Pro display which provides a more integrated experience to the occupants,” said Terry Hawksby, Housing Business Director at NetThings. “We are delighted to have teamed up with NetThings’s cutting-edge and intuitive energy management technology, adding to the growing range of automation and monitoring options available with our Max Pro touchscreen,” added Mark Hagger, Sales Director at Urmet UK.
Nationwide house-builder, Redrow PLC, has chosen Urmet’s IPervoice IP door entry system for Colindale Gardens, a large mixed-use parkland development of residential units and commercial premises covering 46 acres in north-west London. Urmet has already supplied its open-platform solution to an initial stage of over 300 apartments in what will ultimately be a community of 2,900 new homes to be completed by 2025. Residents will also benefit from Urmet’s access control system, which is an integral part of the installation. IP PoE Entry Panels Urmet’s Elekta steel and Elekta glass IP PoE entry panels were selected by Redrow and were fitted at entrance points in the initial phases. Visitors will use the panels to communicate with residents and the concierge. The panels feature a 3.5-inch color display and enable the recording of both audio and video messages if no one is at home. When completed, there will be 24 blocks of apartments and townhouses within the landscaped gardens. The site is set in extensive grounds and the panels provide a valuable feature as the display is able to show the visitor a route map to the selected residence. Urmet’s IPervoice also combines door entry with access control. At Colindale, the Elekta panels feature integrated Wiegand 13.56 MHz RFID proximity readers, which allow entry to residents and staff on presentation of a key fob or card. Switchboard Management Software Redrow has also specified Urmet’s switchboard software, which allows concierges to manage calls, receive and create alarms, and send messages on a global, group or individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting concierges with a simple-to-use screen menu, giving them awareness of the whole site, which contributes to overall resident safety. As the development progresses, the installers will be able to move the switchboard management software from one building to another, thereby delivering considerable cost savings for the developer. Using an IP-based system such as Urmet's IPervoice enables multiple apartment blocks to operate from a single software platform on a site-wide network. MAX IP Android-Powered Touchscreens Redrow also specified a requirement that the property management software should be able to administer resident services. The respective features of the door entry system and property management software were compared to see how this would be made possible. By using the Max Pro IP touchscreen monitor, Urmet was able to combine both services on one platform. The Max Pro IP touchscreen is powered by Android and allows Urmet to work with other manufacturers installing third-party apps on the device. "Administrative staff have a seamless solution with one point of management andone front-end software set" Urmet’s MAX IP Android-powered touchscreens have been installed in each apartment. This is a seven-inch tablet-style device that employs the same swipe movements as a smartphone. The MAX IP has a 2-megapixel camera and a 1024x600 pixel 16:9 screen. App-Driven Integrated Unified Solutions Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales & Marketing Director, said, “Tablets and smartphones with multiple apps are in use every day, which makes the Max Pro Android environment familiar to residents. Redrow understood that app-based technology could help simplify a number of the resident services it wanted to achieve. It’s exciting to work with developers who are leading the demand for resident services such as video entry, alongside parcel and facility management and who are willing to quickly adopt innovative manufacturers such as Urmet, who invest in delivering technology solutions.” He continued, “Having truly integrated door entry and access control, plus the switchboard units at Colindale Gardens, means we can make efficient use of the network. Administrative staff have a seamless solution with one point of management and one front-end software set. By providing residents with a touchscreen device that works like a tablet, we have achieved the aim of providing a product that is intuitive from day one.” Due for completion in 2025, the project will eventually encompass 24 blocks of apartments, townhouses, a health center, school and neighborhood center. Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have designed buildings that feature mainly brick elevations, with some of the houses built as three-story terraced structures. Residents will benefit from walkways, cycle paths, indoor and outdoor gyms, fitness trails, cafés, retail spaces and a four-acre central park.
Elekta glass entry panels have been installed to minimize visual impact on the iconic architecture Urmet has added to its portfolio of heritage buildings with an installation at the world-famous former BBC Television Center in White City, London. The 14-acre complex is one of the capital’s most recognizable landmarks, with a frontage and statues that are known to television viewers around the world. Many features are Grade II-listed and will remain as part of the new residential, leisure, and commercial complex.Urmet iPervoice IP Door Entry System Developers, Stanhope plc, are using Urmet’s open platform iPervoice IP door entry system on an initial phase of 430 apartments and penthouses for visitor announcement, system management by concierge staff, and lift control interface.Elekta glass entry panels have been specified to minimize visual impact on the iconic Fifties architecture. These panels have been fitted at 40 entrance points and connected over the Cat5e network allowing visitors to communicate with residents. The Elekta is a Power over Ethernet (PoE) panel that features a 3.5-inch color display and allows both audio and video messages to be recorded. The panel will also detect if a door has been left open and there is a duress function for anybody who feels under threat. At large sites, the panel can display a route map from the external entry gates to the selected residence. The Elekta features soft-touch controls and can be flush-mounted. Urmet also supplied a number of bespoke external posts for installing the panels in areas of Television Center where the buildings have a glass-fronted or a curtain-wall exterior. "Urmet’s unobtrusive designs allow architects to maintain period feel, but also empower residents with functionality" Urmet MAX IP Android-Powered Touchscreen On certain panels in communal areas, there are additional one-button call units for contacting the 24-hour concierge staff. These are from Urmet’s Sinthesi Steel range and feature a wide-angle 120° camera, vandal-resistant body, and impact resistance to IK09. In the apartments, residents respond to calls from the entrance panels and communicate with their visitors using Urmet’s newly launched MAX IP Android-powered touchscreen. This is a seven-inch tablet-style device that uses swipe and gesture conventions familiar to any smartphone user. The MAX IP has a 2-megapixel camera and a 1024x600 pixel screen. Intelligent Lift Management An important feature of the MAX IP is a lift icon that generates a signal to the lift interface when pressed. Residents can call the lift to their floor or send it to the ground level to receive a guest or delivery person—all without leaving their apartment. The lift occupant can only travel to the floor for which they have permission and they are prevented from visiting other levels. This function is a core requirement of Secured by Design (SBD), the official UK Police initiative that seeks to ‘design-out crime’ through physical security. Urmet is fully committed to SBD and was an early adopter of the scheme. Television Center also uses Urmet’s switchboard software, which allows concierges to manage calls, receive and create alarms, and send messages on a global, group or individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting the concierge with an intuitive screen menu and empowers staff through an overall site awareness that contributes to resident safety. Concierges will work from a lobby formed from the original ‘stage door’ entrance to Television Center. "Urmet excels at populating our touchscreens with factory-controlled third-party apps for integration to home automation and network systems" App-Based SolutionMark Hagger, Sales & Marketing Director at Urmet, said: “Urmet excels at populating our touchscreens with factory-controlled third-party apps for integration to home automation and network systems. This is a direction in which developers and installers want our sector to move and the trend was also emphasized by prospective end-users when they looked at the system in the marketing suite created by developers, Stanhope.” He continued: “Many of our projects involve door entry at sites that retain the original fabric of an historic building. Urmet’s unobtrusive designs allow architects to maintain period feel, but also empower residents with functionality. This is becoming one of the many strengths of the iPervoice system.” Protecting Heritage Facility After its opening by the Queen in 1960, the studios at White City created programs ranging from Blue Peter to Children in Need for over fifty years, until 2012. Known from now on as Television Center, the overall site covers 145 acres. The architect is London-based practice, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, which will retain components such as the Helios statue and mosaic work.The recent Urmet installation is on the initial Helios apartment block. The scheme will finally include 950 new homes, offices, restaurants, cafés, a cinema, shops, hotels, and an additional campus for Imperial College. A piazza the size of Trafalgar Square will be created in the original frontage.
The project follows sustainable building practices to minimize its carbon footprint with water-saving technology Multinational property and infrastructure company Lendlease is using IP video entry and access control from Urmet at a 16-story apartment block and townhouses surrounding the largest park to be built in London for 70 years. Urmet Elektra INOX Entry Panels South Gardens is part of widespread regeneration at Elephant and Castle in the south-east of the city. The project is following sustainable building practices to minimize its carbon footprint with water-saving technology and use of durable timber. Urmet is helping the development to meet the requirements of Secured by Design, the official UK police flagship initiative supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’. An initial phase of 360 homes, including a 16-story brick tower block, will be using Urmet’s recently-launched Elekta INOX stainless steel door entry panels. Video from the external panels is transmitted using a wide-angle camera with a 120° lens and built-in motion detection. Visitors can communicate with residents using the panel’s 3.5-inch TFT display and back-lit LED keypad, which both comply with the Equality Act. IPervoice Access Control Readers As an illustration of Urmet’s capability and broad product offering, Lendlease opted to integrate IPervoice access control readers into the panels to give residents a secure hassle-free mode of entry. Residents simply present a 13.56Mhz Mifare proximity fob to the panel to gain entry. There are 200 additional readers around the site giving access to stairwells, basement car parks, charging points for electric cars, bike storage and rooftop communal facilities. The Elekta INOX has been flush-mounted to the fascia of entrances, offering increased protection against vandalism. Concierge Switchboard System To maximize convenience and safety for residents, Lendlease are employing concierge staff at the South Gardens apartment block. They will use Urmet’s PC-based concierge switchboard software, another component from its unified IPervoice suite of products. The software allows operators to send audio messages to a specific resident, a group, or all residents at the same time. Concierges will also be able to manage the resident access control by updating the user database via the Urmet software. In the apartments and town houses, South Gardens residents will be using Urmet’s Max IP video entry phone to speak with visitors at the external panels. The Max IP features a seven-inch touchscreen that is Android-powered. The unit has a 2-megapixel camera and a 1024x600 pixel screen. An important feature of the monitor is an elevator icon that can call the elevator to a resident’s floor or send it to ground level to receive a guest or delivery person – all without the resident leaving their apartment. This function is a core requirement of Secured by Design. Collaborative Environment "Lendlease was able to move forward both with our products and those of third parties to create a set of truly intelligent buildings" Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “The South Gardens project shows that IPervoice is a collaborative environment. From the earliest development stage, Lendlease was able to move forward both with our products and those of third parties in their aim to create a set of truly intelligent buildings.” Hagger added: “Urmet now works with other manufacturers on an app-based level. This means that problems with drivers and interfaces are a thing of the past. Our primary focus is video entry, but from day one we install a single device with touchscreen control from a communal LAN that also provides access control, resident communication and seamless integration with home automation.” Sustainable Urban Developments A quarter of the properties at South Gardens will be affordable housing and every home will have its own garden, terrace or balcony. There are extensive resident courtyards, play areas and a rooftop function room on the apartment tower. South Gardens is part of the 9.7-hectare Elephant Park, which is one of only 18 projects worldwide forming the C40 Climate Positive Development program. This is an initiative aimed at creating sustainable urban developments involving best green practice, broad partnerships between environmentalists and responsible use of construction materials. Elephant Park gained ‘participant’ status in the program after demonstrating how it will become Climate Positive (net carbon negative) by 2020. This is one of the most sustainable and energy-efficient projects ever undertaken in Britain. The wider Elephant Park area will benefit from 50 new shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, with the focus on local businesses and artisan products.
The new Urmet Request to Exit switches outperform break-glass systems by being re-settable Urmet has developed stainless steel emergency exit switches as an alternative to conventional break glass units which are prone to abuse and vandalism. The switches meet the guidelines of Secured by Design (SBD), the UK police initiative that combines the principles of 'designing out crime' with physical security technology. Re-Settable Switches The new units feature a button that acts in the manner of a conventional break glass by allowing the user to cut the power to the lock on a controlled exit point in an emergency and gain egress. Urmet has developed two switches, the RTE14 (surface mount) and RTE15 (flush mount). The switches out-perform break glass by being re-settable. Use of the emergency 'Press to Escape' button triggers a timing circuit which in turn breaks the power to the release. According to user preference, the door will automatically relock after 1, 6, 12 or 24 minutes. This secures the building again and eliminates the need for a visit by an engineer or estates manager. The RTE switches deliver both cost and safety benefits since several surveys have shown that on average, a compromised conventional break glass is only attended to after 24 hours. "Urmet takes pride in following these directives and I know ofonly one other manufacturer inour sector who is makingsimilar efforts" Resident Safety Initiatives Urmet has developed the switches to maximize security at residential accommodation. Likely controlled access points for deployment include stair cores (particularly prone to misuse), main communal doors, car parks, cycle stores and any other door where residents use a card or fob reader. Mark Hagger, Urmet's Sales & Marketing Director, said, "The precise code we've adhered to is Secured by Design HOMES 2016. Urmet takes pride in following these directives and I know of only one other manufacturer in our sector who is making similar efforts." He continued, "The capital outlay in developing products of this kind is considerable both in tooling for the enclosure, timing device, resetting system and creating the printed circuit board (PCB). We're underlining how seriously we take resident safety by investment of this kind." Meeting Secured By Design Guidelines The RTE14 and RTE15 exit switches are suitable for use with fail safe releases and maglocks. Urmet has aimed the switches at consultants who wish to meet the latest Secured by Design guidelines and include these in the tender process for installers. If required, the switches can be set so that a built-in buzzer will sound to indicate that the door is ajar or open. The buzzer sounds to indicate that the emergency exit system has been activated and will stop once the system has reset. The emergency exit device requires a 12V DC power supply. The RTE switches feature a foreman's override and an input for any normally-closed auxiliary devices. Secured by Design encourages those engaged within the specification, design and build of new homes to adopt crime prevention measures. Increasingly and with Urmet taking a lead, the recommendations are being adopted in most types of residential developments including housing estates as well as low and high-rise apartment blocks. Save
The Elekta INOX meets the performance requirements of the Equality Act, designed to assist the visually impaired and wheelchair-users Urmet has introduced a brushed stainless steel version of its market-leading Elekta door entry panel with a flush profile fascia. The Elekta INOX was developed in collaboration with architects and has minimal visual impact, thus preserving the aesthetics of a building’s design. A visitor using the Elekta panel sees information displayed on a 3.5-inch screen. The panel’s built-in wide-angle color camera captures images of the visitor and the resident views this on an internal monitor within their apartment. The Elekta INOX meets the performance requirements of the Equality Act. The alpha-numeric keypad features back-lit LED illumination to assist the visually impaired and the range of mounting heights complies with recommendations for wheelchair-users in the Wheelchair Housing Design Guide. The panel offers both door entry and access control. Installers are able to provide secure, hassle-free entry for residents via an integral proximity reader that can be used with 125 kHz or 13.56 MHz MIFARE technology. Residents also benefit from a duress function that allows them to open the door with a code and at the same time send a signal to the concierge that there’s a problem. "Whatever a building's style orage, there is now a door entrypanel from the Elekta rangeoffering excellent security withan aesthetically pleasingappearance" Factoring Out Vandalism The 316-grade micro-brushed stainless steel panel is flush-mounted to the fascia of entrances. The flush moving elements and hidden security fixings factor out pry points to protect against vandalism, which also increases the service life of the product. Urmet aims to offer unrivaled choice of materials and finishes. There are also Elekta panels in steel, glass and 316L marine-grade stainless steel. The Elekta INOX is available both with Urmet's IPervoice full IP system, as well as with the 2Voice two-wire system. Mark Hagger, Sales & Marketing Director at Urmet, says of the product, "The Elekta INOX is unobtrusive and neutral. It has Urmet's unmistakable design values and will be popular amongst architects looking for an attractive flush-mounted entrance panel. Whatever a building's style or age, there is now a door entry panel from the Elekta range offering excellent security with an aesthetically pleasing appearance." Broad Range Of Applications Development of the Elekta INOX illustrates how Urmet is working with the widest range of architects, specifiers and consultants to meet specific needs and frequently requested design elements. The new panel is suitable for all types of accommodation, from high-end residences (including period conversions) to social housing. Installation time on site is also reduced, as there are no modules to be assembled and engineers need little more than a Torx screwdriver. The dimensions of the Elekta INOX are 338 mm (h) x 150 mm (w) x 60 mm (d). Release of this architectural variant to the range extends the applications for Urmet Elekta panels. They have already been installed at various prestigious projects, mainly across central London, as well as in other major cities across the UK that are witnessing a huge surge in high-rise housing developments. Save
The Business Park owners opted for Castel’s Xellip full IP/SIP intercom and audio-video solution Mersey Wharf is a 33-acre Business Park and Wharf in Bromborough. Located on the Wirral in northwest England, the rejuvenated facility has adopted two-way IP audio-video intercom designed and manufactured by Castel. Business Park Security Requirements Security at the site is at a premium and the operators needed an IP-addressable solution at a main entrance station where visitors can call tenants on the estate. They also wanted to control entry at multiple single-gate, barrier and turnstile access points elsewhere on the perimeter. Mersey Wharf Business Park has two operational berths with a quay length of 230 metres. The project made unusual demands on Castel because the equipment’s location required robust units. The client’s technological sophistication also required IP units that could integrate seamlessly with access control and CCTV. Castel Solution The Business Park owners opted for Castel’s Xellip full IP/SIP intercom and audio-video solution. For the central entry station to Mersey Wharf Business Park, the client specified Castel’s ten-button CAP IP Intercom (Xellip) with integrated colour video camera. The unit’s 316-grade stainless steel front panel, IP64 rating and impact resistance to IK09 all provide protection against the site’s harsh marine environment. The intercom features three LEDs that ensure compliance with the Equality Act (formerly the Disability Discrimination Act). Remote Monitoring And Operation Calls that are not answered by Mersey Wharf Business Park tenants are transferred to the central control lodge, which is operated 24/7 and, if necessary, they can also be diverted to a remote location. The operator’s employees can use a licence-free App from Castel’s own SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) server to observe activity remotely and grant or refuse access using their smartphones or tablets. The control lodge and other on-site security locations across the port use CAP IP XE 7-inch monitors. As with all the Castel equipment for the project, these monitors are PoE (Power over Ethernet) units and they allow tenants and employees to view and communicate with visitors using a touchscreen that can be desktop or wall-mounted. The screens are usually deployed locally at the Business Park, but an embedded webserver also allows them to be monitored, operated and even configured remotely if required. At individual turnstile and small gate entrance points used by members of staff or lone contractors around the Business Park perimeter, the client opted for Castel’s CAP V1BP one-button intercom station units with integrated MIFARE card readers. Future Multi-Site Integration As an IP solution, Xellip ensures interoperability with VoIP telephones and IP video surveillance. By using full SIP and standard codecs for audio and video, Xellip will be able to meet the company’s group plans for the centralization of facility management technology at its multiple sites across the UK. Mark Hagger, Castel UK, said: “The sheer scale of this project shows that when required we can also be an enterprise system for estates of unusual size, be they marine or in the further education, government and healthcare sectors. Castel won this contract through being a scalable open-protocol IP product with PoE components, minimal peripherals to complicate system design and the ability to share Cat5 with other disciplines.” Mersey Wharf Business Park has extensive development areas, with prestige offices for rent and warehouse and industrial units for a wide variety of uses. Save
Urmet's solution will offer screening of visitors and the ability to integrate with home automation apps Urmet, an international manufacturer of video door entry solutions, has secured the order to supply the latest IP door entry systems for a new development of luxury apartments at a £500 million mixed-use development near Oxford Street in London’s West End. Rathbone Square is a 2.3-acre project consisting of new office space, retail outlets, a public square and 142 luxury apartments. The buildings have been designed by Make Architects and are being constructed by Lend Lease for developers Great Portland Estates. The site is a former Royal Mail sorting office in Fitzrovia and forms part of the £1 billion development of Tottenham Court Road in preparation for the Crossrail railway construction project.Visitor Screening RequirementsThe Urmet equipment at the apartments and penthouses is being installed by nationwide building services contractor TClarke and will operate from IPervoice, Urmet’s IP door entry software platform. The building services company required a single system that would offer both the comprehensive screening of visitors and the ability to integrate with third-party home automation apps that control everything from blinds to lighting.Visitors make calls using external stainless steel Elekta entrance panels. These Power over Ethernet (PoE) panels feature a 3.5” color display with a 2-megapixel camera, allowing the recording of both video and audio messages. Compact dimensions and sleek lines will ensure the equipment has minimal impact on the period architecture surrounding Rathbone Square, which includes a number of Georgian buildings. With an impact-resistance rating of IK09, the unit also offer minimal pry points to prevent vandalism.Gesture-driven Touchscreen The system enables call-forwarding to mobile phones via Urmet’s Call2U App when residents are away from home and even allows users to grant access from their remote location A key feature in the apartments is that Rathbone Square residents will communicate with their visitors via Urmet’s latest black MAX IP Android-powered touchscreen. This is a 7” device with quad-core processor that provides processing power to run the most demanding applications and functions like a normal tablet. The system enables call-forwarding to mobile phones via Urmet’s Call2U App when residents are away from home and even allows users to grant access from their remote location. Families can take advantage of this feature on up to four devices simultaneously. TClarke has also used Urmet’s concierge switchboard software, which enables the 24-hour concierge staff to manage calls, receive and create alarms, generate usage reports, and send messages on a global, group and individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting the concierge with an intuitive screen menu and gives operators overall site awareness and visibility that adds to resident security.Compliance With ‘Secured By Design’Throughout the Rathbone Square project, TClarke has worked to the requirements of Secured by Design (the official UK police flagship supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’). The MAX IP touchscreen (now available in both black and white) ensures adherence to these recommendations with its generous 1024 x 600 pixel screen and destination control for lifts. The screen features an elevator icon, while logic control within the IPervoice software allows the resident to limit a delivery person’s access to the floor for which they have permission. Secured by Design mandates intelligent elevator management of this kind. Commitment To Open Platforms As the project matures, the MAX IP touchscreen will become a true portal. It will integrate with a host of third-party home automation apps “The Rathbone Square project shows us working in a collaborative environment with installer and developer,” says Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director. “As the project matures, the MAX IP touchscreen will become a true portal. It will integrate with a host of third-party home automation apps, including lighting and blind control.” The various sections of Rathbone Square have either six or eight floors, with three basement levels. The office space is on the south side of the building close to Oxford Street, while the residential block faces Fitzrovia. First In A Hundred YearsRathbone Square consists of two ‘L’-shaped buildings, one incorporating the residential units and the other office space for which Castel UK, part of the Urmet Group of companies, provided an IP intercom solution. The exteriors feature precast concrete cladding and metalwork with a focus on low carbon footprint throughout from Hilson Moran, which is acting as sustainability consultant. Many of the apartments at Rathbone Square have balconies overlooking a central garden. Residents can enjoy facilities such as a gymnasium, 18-meter pool, sauna, screening room and even a wine storage and tasting room. The adjacent public square is the first such area built in London for 100 years.
Urmet UK, the leading door entry and access control specialist, has introduced a hands-free internal audio apartment station, ideal for student accommodation and affordable housing developments. The MIRO Audio hands-free unit can be used with Urmet’s 2-wire (2-Voice) system and other compatible external entry panels. It gives clients advanced user functions while allowing installers to use just 2 wires for a simple and fast installation. MIRO Hands-Free Unit Features The new MIRO product, which has super-compact dimensions, enables users to speak with callers at the entrance panel through a high-quality microphone and speaker unit. The apartment station can be either wall-mounted or fitted with a flush-mounted casing. The front panel has backlit activation buttons and multicolour indicator LEDs to give users visual notification that a call is in progress. There is also a door release button. Users benefit from a range of useful features, such as opening a secondary door or interior door and two programmable intercom calls. There is also a floor call function to summon lifts. The MIRO Audio hands-free unit has the sleek lines associated with Urmet’s continental design process and helps developers and architects achieve a minimalist look with its high-gloss finish. The product measures just 118 mm x 80 mm and is exceptionally slim, with a depth of just 9 mm. Urmet sees an opportunity to supply secure door entry to all accommodation types. This audio station caters for the social and affordable housing sector and is compatible with audio-only external entry panels. It is also ideal for student accommodation, where a concierge is present, or as a secondary device to complement a MIRO hands-free video master station. For mid-range and luxury accommodation, Urmet offers external color video entry panels and indoor stations as part of its popular MIRO range. Urmet’s MIRO line-up is about making life easier for users, enabling them to control their living spaces better. The MIRO Audio hands-free unit has two programmable buttons for wireless interface with Yokis devices. These allow common home automation scenarios to be automated. Typically, this involves the opening and shutting of roller blinds and the switching or dimming of lights. Strengthening Door Access Control As with all of the Urmet 2-Voice range, integrators using the hands-free MIRO audio station need only work with one twisted pair from a Cat5 cable between the entrance panel and the apartments, with no reliance on additional switch gear. This makes for rapid, hassle-free installation that minimizes disruption to the client’s operations. It is also ideal for refurbishments (especially on listed properties) where the use of the existing cable system means few, if any, structural alterations are necessary. This benefit is likely to be a selling point to property managers and architects. The MIRO Audio can be used in hands-free or ‘push-to-talk’ modes. It offers all the functions needed by users and property managers to fine-tune door entry capabilities to their exact needs. These features include output for call repeating, two programmable intercom calls, call volume regulation, ringer selection and mute function. Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director, explains: “Hands-free operation of an internal station can be crucial for buildings where a more robust station is required with no handset cord. That is why this MIRO audio station has been developed, after feedback from developers. We’re keen that this core hands-free functionality should run right across the MIRO range of internal stations increasing opportunities in market areas such as student accommodation”.
Urmet has launched the Max IP Touch, an Android-powered touchscreen video door phone that revolutionizes the world of video door phones and brings smart home technology control and video intercom into the home via a single touchscreen. The thin, state-of-the-art screen uses swipe and gesture recognition similar to that of a smartphone and integrates perfectly into any contemporary interior. Users are able to view and speak with visitors at external door entry panels using the Max IP’s 7-inch color video screen and duplex audio function. The system also allows call-forwarding to mobile phones via Urmet’s Call2U App when occupants are away from home. This simple-to-use touchscreen door entry phone demonstrates Urmet’s commitment to open integration and optimizing home automation for the end-user. For large residential projects, Urmet can deliver the units to installers preloaded with the property developer’s chosen apps for third-party home automation, such as lighting, heating and window blind control. Additional Key Features Of The Max IP Touchscreen Include: An exceptionally thin 19 mm design 1024 x 600px screen resolution 2 LAN ports WiFi RTSP 7’’ color LCD monitor 2 megapixel camera Integrated MIFARE proximity key reader CCTV functionality with IP cameras Powered by Android operating system Open-Protocol Environment Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “The Max IP Touch 7-inch screen underlines that our systems are open-protocol environments from which we work with third-party manufacturers on the kind of interfaces that benefit installers and developers allowing them to install a single day one touchscreen providing the end user communication with the building and an interface to control their smart home.” The new touchscreen is compatible with the Urmet IPervoice range, including CCTV surveillance management and proximity readers, giving users high levels of security and highly efficient message management. The Max IP Touch unit can be installed on a wall or be recessed, without compromising building aesthetics. The compact design (w 208 mm x h 134 mm), combined with a wide range of preloaded apps, helps architects to reduce the number of panel devices that need to be attached to the wall. The Max IP Touch offers many of the functions of a conventional tablet and allows users to browse the web, send and receive emails and check local weather. There is a micro-SD slot for photos, music and other data storage. The wide variety of ringtones, customizable mute function and image capture function all make for ease of use and resident safety. High-fidelity speakers assure excellent sound quality. The unit also enables users to communicate with their neighbours and concierge staff. The Max IP Touch has a double LAN port and Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. A doorbell and programmable alarm inputs are available making the Max the most feature-rich touchscreen offered by Urmet. Secured By Design Compliant The Max IP Touch also builds on Urmet’s already sophisticated lift control interface and the screen includes a lift icon that can either call the lift to the resident’s floor or send it to ground level to receive a guest or delivery person. The lift occupant can then only travel to the floor for which they have permission and is prevented from visiting other levels. This feature is a requirement of Secured by Design (the official UK police flagship supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’) which mandates intelligent lift management. CCTV snap-shots and video recording complete Secured by Design compliancy.
Urmet’s IPervoice open platform software is used for resident access and visitor announcement Urmet has supplied its IP video entry and access control solution to a £500m central London residential project on the north bank of the Thames. The development by St Edward (part of The Berkeley Group) at 190 Strand will feature 200 suites, apartments and penthouses around a landscaped square stretching down to the riverfront. Engineering and construction company, NG Bailey, has used Urmet’s IPervoice open platform software for resident access, visitor announcement, system management by concierge staff and lift control interface. The site is within the City of Westminster and opposite the Royal Courts of Justice and in close proximity to cultural institutions such as the Royal Opera House, Trafalgar Square and Admiralty Arch. A team from GRID Architects evaluated the visual impact of all components in the buildings and a combination of Urmet’s Elekta stainless steel and Elekta glass entry panels was chosen to match the exterior of the complex which has a filigree façade and curtain walling. The Power over Ethernet (PoE) Elekta panels feature a 3.5” color display and allow visitors to record both audio and video messages. Residents gain access using key fobs to activate proximity readers which are an integral part of the entrance panels. Urmet’s Wiegand proximity readers are also located on more than 50 doors that lead to communal areas in the property such as the private swimming pool, business center, spa, gym and cinema. The readers use the same LAN as the entrance panels so contributing to a seamless solution. Gesture-driven Touchscreen Within the residences, users communicate with their visitors and the concierge via Urmet’s recently launched MAX IP Android-powered touchscreen. The 7-inch unit functions as a tablet device based on the swipe and gesture conventions familiar to any user of a smartphone. This new touchscreen builds on Urmet’s already sophisticated lift control interface and includes a lift icon that can either call the lift to the resident’s floor or send it to ground level to receive a guest or delivery person. The lift occupant can then only travel to the floor for which they have permission and they are prevented from visiting other levels. Throughout the project, Urmet has worked to the requirements of Secured by Design (the official UK police flagship supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’) which mandates intelligent lift management of this kind. Commitment To Open Platforms The MAX IP touchscreen endorses Urmet’s commitment to open platforms, and at 190 Strand it has been delivered pre-loaded with the developer’s chosen control Apps for home automation. This versatility contributed to the architect’s goal of reducing multiple control panels by minimizing the number of devices in the living areas and hallways. The Strand site is also using Urmet’s concierge switchboard software which allows the concierge to manage calls, receive and create alarms, generate usage reports, issue and suspend access fobs as well as sending messages on a global, group and individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting the concierge with an intuitive screen menu and empowers staff through an overall site awareness that contributes to resident security. Additional benefits for Urmet users at 190 Strand include forwarding of calls made at the entrance panel to a smart device when the occupant is off-site or even abroad. Residents simply download an Urmet App from the Google Play Store or App Store and create their own SIP account. Families can exploit this feature as the system will allow up to four devices to be used simultaneously. Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “190 Strand underlines that Urmet’s IPervoice is a collaborative environment from which we work with chosen third-party manufacturers on the kind of interfaces that will benefit installers and allow them to create optimized home area networks for end-users.” Architecturally Sympathetic Installations Hagger continued: “This is our second project for The Berkeley Group in recent months. In 2015, Urmet delivered an IPervoice solution at St Joseph’s Gate in Mill Hill, London. In both cases, designing an installation that was in sympathy with period architecture was vital and this is becoming one of Urmet’s many strengths. We’re delighted to be working regularly on these sorts of projects with a client of this stature.” 190 Strand covers a 342,000 sq ft site and is spread across six buildings connected by a ground-level colonnade only 100 yards from the Thames. The site is adjacent to the Grade I-listed St Clement Danes Church by Sir Christopher Wren. In 2017 the area will see the completion of a pedestrian walkway across the river, the Garden Bridge, which has been conceived by 2012 Olympic engineer Thomas Heatherwick and actress Joanna Lumley.
Urmet’s 2Voice two-wire video system installed at apartment block entranceshelps enhance resident & visitor safety London and Quadrant (L&Q) Housing Association has opted to use Urmet’s 2-wire video door entry and access control systems at its new Walthamstow Stadium Development. The former Grade II-listed Art Deco greyhound-racing track, which first opened its gates in 1933, provides 294 new homes, predominantly in the form of apartments. Visitors announce themselves at the entrances to the apartment blocks using Urmet’s 2Voice two-wire color video system. The external video entrance panels, from Urmet’s award winning Elekta range, are compatible with both Urmet’s IPervoice (IP) and 2-wire systems. Unique to the Elekta range the panels have a 3.5” color display which provides visitors with instructions on how to call an apartment and a block name can also be displayed. Residents, staff and trusted contractors gain entrance using the integrated proximity reader. There is integrated assistance for disabled residents and the units comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) including voice announcements such as “call in progress”, “please speak” and “door open”. These are vandal-resistant panels that offer vandals minimal potential to pry the unit away from its mount. Their high IK09 rating offers good protection against deliberate or accidental damage. Urmet RF Controllers For Remote Operation Of Vehicle Entry Gates Urmet has also supplied its Passan wired network solution for the development, with door controllers connected via a hard-wired installation. The residential blocks at the stadium site vary considerably in layout and number of apartments, but the Passan system copes with these variations by allowing the installer to use different combinations of panel mount readers and additional standalone readers. "We are also well aware of thegreyhound and stock-car racinghistory of the site and are proud tobe supplying security equipment tosuch an historic London venue",said Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Salesand Marketing Director At Walthamstow, residents and staff also have Urmet’s RF controllers for the remote operation of vehicle entry gates. The development makes maximum use of the stadium’s entire original structure, with buildings such as the former kennels serving as communal areas, connected through a third-party PC to the Passan system via a modem. Residents receive calls from visitors on Miro color video monitor handsets with 4.3” 16:9 screens. The video handsets are fitted with an induction loop compatible with hearing aids. They also feature a two color LED to indicate the status of the system e.g. Green LED on indicates that a call is being received, Rapidly blinking red: mute on, Red on steady: main calling panel door open, Slowly blinking red: secondary (lobby) calling panel door open. Enhances Safety Of Residents And Visitors Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director said, “Our 2Voice solution was well suited to this kind of project where you only need 2 wires throughout making the install very quick and simple.” He continued, “We were delighted to be asked to supply an access control system that will enhance the safety of the residents and visitors. We are also well aware of the greyhound and stock-car racing history of the site and are proud to be supplying security equipment to such an historic London venue.” Wider facilities for the community at the Walthamstow Stadium include a nursery, café, sports center and pocket allotments. The Tote building (also Grade II-listed) will likewise be brought into long-term use for residents in the borough. Also in Greater London, Urmet equipment has been specified recently for various residential projects, including Chelsea Creek, 375 Kensington High Street, Cobalt Place (Battersea Village), One Tower Bridge, Fulham Reach and Goodman’s Fields.
Urmet has added to its range of residential door entry monitors with the release of the Miro hands-free video entry phone. The unit is compatible with Urmet’s 2-wire system (2-Voice) and other compatible external entry panels. This advanced feature-rich color indoor station allows installers to give both clients and end-users the latest functions while still using only two non-polarised wires. The Miro hands-free is designed to give residents maximum security by allowing them to view callers on a 4.3” 16:9 color monitor and communicate with them via intercom before granting or refusing access. The screen is housed within a unit boasting the sleek lines synonymous with Urmet’s hallmark continental design. Users benefit from features such as auto door open if no interaction at the door phone is required, built-in induction loop for hearing aids, ringer selection, precise image adjustment and panic call to a concierge switchboard. There are three extra buttons available for non-standard functions, such as additional entrance opening, staircase light control and gate automation. Home Automation Compatible Urmet’s Miro range is all about empowering users to take control of their living space with the hands-free unit featuring two buttons for connection with modules that allow automation of common activities within an apartment. (Typically these are opening and shutting roller blinds and the switching or dimming of lights.) The Miro Range Offers Three Different Levels Of Entry Phone The hands-free color Miro door station heads up the group of 2-Voice-compatible indoor stations, which are graduated according to budget. For mid-range accommodation, installers may opt for the Miro Video, a color non-hands-free model with handset which also features a 4.3” 16:9 color monitor and broadly similar functions to the hands-free version (excluding modules allowing home automation). Urmet recognises that residents from all income levels and accommodation types need secure door entry. The Miro range addresses the social and affordable housing sector with an audio-only door entry phone which also includes three auxiliary buttons for non-standard functions, has an ‘auto-on’ facility and integrated induction loop for hearing aid users. Problem-Free Installation The two-wire approach is ideal for new-build projects as well as for refurbishments where use of the existing cable system means equipment can be upgraded with no structural change to the building or disruption for occupants, making it attractive to architects and property managers as well as security installers. Installers benefit from problem-free installations using only two wires between the entrance panel and the apartment, with no reliance on additional switchgear. Resident security can also be enhanced with the easy integration of video surveillance. The Miro can be wall-or flush-mounted and easily programmed using a DIP-switch. A 2-Voice system using these entry phones and Urmet’s external two-wire entrance panels can enable a site to accommodate up to 4,096 users. Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “The Miro range has been strengthened following feedback from our client base that a two-wire installation is often the ideal approach for both new sites and retro fit. The Miro range now offers three different levels of entry phone for budget, mid-range and high-end properties, which are ideal counterparts for our 2-wire compatible entrance panels.”
The Urmet products has the ability to blend with the Grade II-listed architecture Urmet’s IPervoice video entry and access control solution has been installed at St Joseph’s Gate, an apartment complex located at a former foreign missionary college in Mill Hill, London. The system was chosen for the redevelopment of the Berkeley Group’s site due to its simple installation process and the ability of Urmet products to blend with the Grade II-listed architecture. IPervoice Installed Across The Whole Location Residents and visitors benefit from Urmet’s digital video door entry panels, which communicate with touchscreen iModo monitors inside the apartments. The Power over Ethernet (PoE) external panels are Urmet’s Elekta Glass units, housed in a design that has minimal visual impact on the building. IPervoice has been installed across the whole location, with its server connected to a dedicated LAN that routes all communication between the external and internal devices supplied by Urmet. This has produced cost-savings for the property management client and is also a ‘green’ approach, since only one LAN is required for access control and video entry. The iModo monitors make no dedicated cable infrastructure demands and are simply integrated with general network cable. Access control is managed by Urmet’s PC-based concierge switchboard software, with an intuitive wizard simplifying day-to-day operation. Residents at St Joseph’s Gate use proximity key fob tokens with car-owners also using RF cards. The site manager operating the switchboard is presented with simple screen menu options to search for, add, delete and suspend tokens, as well as to generate reports when required. Bespoke Pedestrian And Vehicle Posts Urmet worked closely with the installation company to create bespoke pedestrian and vehicle posts for the entry panels, with the posts finished in a black powder coat to achieve the unobtrusive visual effect desired by the client. Residents and visitors enter via a gatehouse, which is staffed by a concierge. An Urmet reader with RF capability allows long-range activation by residents while they are still in their vehicles. Visitors have the choice of making a call directly to an apartment from the post-mounted video entry panels or via the concierge’s switchboard. Occupants answer calls at the entry panels and communicate with visitors using iModo 7” touchscreen monitors within their apartments. But the role of the monitors extends well beyond these functions; optimizing the lifestyle of people living at locations employing Urmet’s access control is one of the company’s core objectives. Residents benefit enormously from an ‘away mode’ that allows them to receive calls made to the monitors on their smartphones and tablets when they are off-site. Families are even able to use this feature on up to four devices. The iModo can also record a message, which is then played to visitors at the external entry panel when the resident is away or simply does not want to be disturbed. Being server-based, the IPervoice system conducts live status sampling on the health of network devices, and network alarms are displayed on the concierge switchboard software with diagnostics presented in real-time for local or remote viewing. Urmet For Several Other Residential Projects Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “An unusual feature of this project is that all of the entry panels at St Joseph’s Place are post-mounted. The building dates from Victorian times and is in the Jacobean style. This meant that the visual appeal of the exterior could not be compromised. We have successfully delivered numerous projects for the Berkeley Group previously, although mainly for new-build projects. Consequently, this restoration project was both interesting and challenging. It’s certainly one that we are proud to have been involved in.” He continued: “Urmet is fast gaining a reputation for architecturally-sympathetic installations through its agile approach and ability to supply site-specific variants to our standard products, while working to short lead times.” In Greater London alone, Urmet equipment has been specified recently at residential projects including Chelsea Creek, 375 Kensington High Street, Cobalt Place (Battersea Village), One Tower Bridge, Fulham Reach, Goodman’s Fields and the former Walthamstow Stadium.
Urmet equipment has been specified recently at high-profile residential projects Property and infrastructure developer Lend Lease is using Urmet’s IP video door entry and access control system at a new-build apartment complex in South London. Urmet IPervoice solution - single-platform control Cobalt Place, a luxury eco-friendly project in the heart of Battersea Village, will use the Urmet IPervoice solution which requires only one Virtual LAN for the whole location. IPervoice meets Lend Lease’s aim of single-platform control by operating from the site’s main managed fiber network. Elekta Steel IP PoE video entry panel - assistance for elderly Resident and visitor access is via communal entrances serving each block of apartments. The buildings will feature an Elekta Steel IP PoE vandal-resistant video entry panel with a 3.5” color display. Entrance for residents and pre-approved visitors can be by proximity device or use of an alpha-numeric keypad. A wide-angle color camera (activated by a passive infrared sensor) allows residents to view their visitors, who can also leave video messages if required. IPervoice’s additional features include audio message recording, absence function, duress alerts and assistance for elderly or frail residents. Urmet iModo super-slim 7” touchscreen - vandal-resistant When inside the apartments, residents receive or play back video and audio calls on the Urmet iModo super-slim 7” touchscreen, which is integrated with a camera and double-speaker stereo. Users value the system for its icon-based interface, while architects and installers appreciate the compact dimensions, clean lines and PoE. Residents can even receive their video calls remotely on their tablets and smartphones by configuring an intuitive call-forwarding service using the Urmet App. Remote connectivity allows Urmet engineers to oversee and program the system from head office making it cost-effective to maintain. The video entry panels are integrated with panel-mount readers and comply with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements. These panels are vandal-resistant to IK09 impact resistance standards and also have IP45 protection against dust and other contaminants. Flush moving elements minimize the risk of the units being compromised and possible pry points have been factored out of the design making it resistant to acts of vandalism. "A diverse residential development will be using the system for multiple access and security-related requirements" Urmet’s P60 readers - enabling integrated installation Additional controlled doors at Cobalt Place are being fitted with Urmet’s P60 readers, which sit within the site’s IPervoice platform and therefore use the same single Virtual LAN. The Urmet interface for the apartment lifts communicates with the LAN in a similar manner to the access control procedure, enabling integrated installation within the common managed network and the ability to restrict visitors to certain floors. Urmet is giving Lend Lease and its partners an array of functions that will make the concierge office a genuine service center for residents and visitors. Lend Lease’s contractors are providing an IP address range for video door entry and related functions that allows Urmet engineers to install IPervoice with the system’s DHCP server controlling IP addresses to avoid conflicts. IPervoice meets the communal dwelling requirements Urmet has ensured that IPervoice meets the communal dwelling requirements of the ‘Secured by Design’ scheme, a UK police flagship initiative that supports the principles of 'designing out crime'. Cobalt Place has 102 apartments within four main cores. Crucially, IPervoice has the facility to allow each individual block of apartments to start with the number ‘one’, but enables the concierge at the central control point to use a single handset. “This development underlines the versatility of IPervoice,” said Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director. “A diverse residential development will be using the system for multiple access and security-related requirements, all from a single platform within the site-wide structured cabling.” He continued: “Urmet’s ability to pre-configure IPervoice off-site was invaluable for the client as they coped with the logistics of coordinating multiple contractors within tight deadlines. Our previous work with developers Lend Lease has included the London 2012 Athletes’ Village, so we’re accustomed to collaborating with them on prestigious projects!” "Urmet’s ability to pre-configure IPervoice off-site was invaluable for the client as they coped with the logistics of coordinating multiple contractors" Cobalt Place will move beyond sustainability Cobalt Place is more than just a ‘blue to green’ development; it will also move beyond sustainability to make a positive contribution to the environment, with CO2 emissions 25% less than in homes built to current building regulation standards. In London alone, Urmet equipment has been specified recently at high-profile residential projects, including Chelsea Creek, 375 Kensington High Street, One Tower Bridge, Fulham Reach and Goodman’s Fields.
Residents will now benefit from all the advanced features that Urmet’s 2-wire system Developers, Weston Homes, have chosen Urmet’s 2-Voice, 2-Wire system for Preston Hall, a prestigious Victorian restoration project in Aylesford, Kent. Preston Hall is a Grade II-listed Victorian mansion built in the Jacobean style, consisting of 36 luxurious and unique one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments, houses and villas. To restore and refurbish this magnificent property, the developers needed a system that utilised the existing cabling throughout the building, while providing the residents with a modern-day system using the latest door entry technology. Deployment of Urmet’s 2-Voice system Urmet supplied its market-leading 2-Voice system providing connectivity to the 22 apartments within the main core of the building. The apartments are accessed via 2 entrances, each with an Elekta Glass video entry panel mounted within an H-design post. The impressive main entrance to the building required a bespoke solution to mount these panels, so Urmet set about fabricating a super-slim stainless steel H-design pedestrian post to complement the finish the client wanted. A sensor built into Elekta glass panel detects the presence of a visitor, triggering the soft-start LED illumination of the icons on the black glass keypad and the 3.5” LCD colour display, providing users with instructions on how to make a call. Aiko hands-free 4.3” soft-touch technology DDA-compliant colour video monitors were supplied for the fit-out in each apartment. Benefits of Urmet Solution Residents at the newly refurbished building will now benefit from all the advanced features that Urmet’s 2-wire system has to offer, including being able to integrate video surveillance. Up to five analog CCTV cameras can be integrated into a single system and can be monitored from the internal video door phone within each apartment. 2-Voice connects with a twisted pair of a Cat5 cable with no additional twin cable for power, meaning it relies on very little control equipment. Simply using two wires from the entry panel up to the apartment station makes it fast and easy to install and perfect for renovation projects. The Elekta Glass digital video entry panel, previously only available as an IP PoE panel, is now available for the 2-Voice system, which is suitable for installations ranging from small and medium blocks of flats to large-scale residential developments. Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director, commented, “We are very pleased to have worked on such an historic building that was perfect for Urmet’s 2-wire system. Previously, the range of compatible panels we could offer on our 2-wire system was limited, but now we’re pleased to have added both Elekta Glass and Elekta Steel digital panels to this system, which is already proving very popular among our clients.”
Urmet was able to deliver the powerful IPervoice IP-based door entry system & IP PoE 7 inch Imodo touchscreens Urmet continues to dominate the high-volume, high-end residential door entry market with the award of another prestigious development contract, working alongside London’s leading property developers, St George. Fulham Reach, positioned on the north bank of the River Thames and with far-reaching views across London, consists of highly specified river-view apartments and penthouses. The development enjoys excellent transport links and the on-site facilities include a spa, swimming pool, residents’ lounge, concierge, billiards room and private wine storage. Fulham Reach is a phased project. Block A is the first phase, with 138 apartments, while the site-wide network will allow for future phases (totalling 750 apartments) to be connected to the centralized concierge for central management of the video entry and access control system. The brief from the client was precise and Urmet was able to deliver the powerful IPervoice IP-based door entry system, coupled with its latest range of full-IP PoE 7” Imodo touchscreens, Folio hands-free color monitors and Elekta Glass and Steel entry panels and PIO controller. The PIO controller is a two-door base controller connected to an IP LAN Interface. Two Wiegand readers can be connected to the base controller, with a two-door expansion card added to the base unit to increase capacity up to 4 doors. All access permissions are saved in the IP interface so that in the event of a network failure, access can still be granted by the IP interface, complying with 2014 ‘Secured By Design’ requirements. The IP interface and PIO controller base are powered locally by a 12V dc PSU, which can be connected to a battery for back-up in the event of power loss. Urmet was able to meet all the requirements set by St George and also provide additional solutions that would otherwise be lacking from the spec, thereby demonstrating the full capability of what an Urmet IP system has to offer. Resident Lift Control was also part of the system, adding yet another layer of security. When entering the building, residents simply present their proximity token to any reader. This then calls the lift to the ground floor and automatically takes residents to their floor. A similar function, operated via a remote lock-release button on the video monitor in their apartment, also allows residents to send the lift to the ground floor when someone calls to visit them. The Visitor Lift Control then only allows visitors to select the floor they are visiting, which means they are prevented from entering the rest of the building. Commenting on the project, Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director, said, “It was a pleasure working with the St George technical team during the specification for the Fulham Reach project. St George had a clear vision of what it required technically, while also drawing attention to details such as RAL coloured bespoke posts housing the Elekta glass panels to match the façade of the building. It certainly is a great example of a developer and manufacturer working together to deliver a high-end, high-volume residential development.”