Videx Strengthens Flagship VX2200 Door Entry System

Introducing a lift interface module for the VX2200 system which enables lift control via the entry intercom within an apartment or office.

The 2216 is the latest accessory for the VX2200 system, a two-wire audio and six wire video system for up to 998 apartments with multiple entrances and full concierge facilities.

The 2216 makes the VX2200 an even more ideal door entry system for a wide range of buildings, from residential flats to commercial offices, by enabling occupants to control the lift from their office or home.

When entry is granted, the lift can be called and access to floors can be restricted accordingly so the visitor can only access the floor where they’ve been given authority by the resident or occupant.

For example, a tenant on floor two can call the lift for their visitor and will only allow them to get off at floor two. Restricting visitors’ access to only the floors they’re allowed to visit strengthens the building’s security while also helping the visitor to find the apartment or office they’re visiting.

The 2216 is fully programmable via bespoke software allowing any floor to be assigned to any apartment. Additionally, the entrance panels which are allowed to call the lift can also be selected.

The interface includes eight relay outputs, which can each be assigned to a floor, serving eight floors at a time. For buildings with more than eight floors, it’s possible to use multiple 2216 modules for a maximum of 128 floors.

Once set up, the module is controlled via the lock button on the intercom telephone within the apartment. When the occupant grants access to the visitor by pressing the lock button on their telephone or videophone, as well as opening the door to allow them into the building, the lift will also be called automatically.

The 2216 can be used on new or existing installations and is powered from a 12Vdc power source. Additional features include a lift override feature to either disable all lift calls or enable calls to all floors and both USB & RS485 connection for programming via the Videx VX2200 PC software.

 

Apps now available for the Videx GSM

The new app simplifies programming and usability for both end users and installers. Available for iOS and Android devices, the app allows you to program the GSM intercom system by automatically creating the SMS messages.

The app is a great addition to the Videx GSM product range, enhancing the features while also providing a convenient way to manage and operate the system.

Features include the ability to activate the door or gate either for the programmed time or to latch and unlatch it. This can be done via text message or dialling using the dial to open feature. You can also add and modify numbers called, the dial to open numbers, access codes including temporary access codes for one-time visitors, as well as proximity tags that are used to open the gate or door.

Up to 10 GSM intercoms can be stored in the app. Settings such as master code, telephone number, call button telephone numbers and free access settings are all stored to save the user time while using the app. An advanced version of the app will also be available soon with even more features for the installer or managing agent of the system.

The app is not restricted to the GSMPRO version of the Videx GSM intercom systems and can also be used with the Digital GSM, vandal resistant GSM’s, multiple entrance 2270 interface and the GSM lite.

Users can also set up free access time periods where the gate or door can be held open for visitors. The ability to decode received messages from the intercom panel is also included and some of these messages can also be imported and saved in the app for future use. For example, if the intercom call button has already been programmed it’s possible to receive the telephone numbers for the call button and import them into the app.

Users will be able to download the app directly from Google’s ‘Play store’ and Apple’s ‘App store’ free of change. The app can be used with all current and older model GSM intercoms.

New Features and Functionality Added to GSMPRO

The GSMPRO, which is now expandable to an eight-door access control system, enables people to answer calls to their front door or gate from their mobile phone or landline, so they never have to miss that important visitor and are made aware of who has visited even when they are not there.

Now available with an integrated back lit coded keypad, with up to 400 access codes and 32 temporary codes, which can be programmed to expire after a number of hours, to meet all your access control needs. Codes can also be programmed via PC software and remotely via SMS, enabling greater flexibility. A new app is also available for both Android and iOS which simplifies the process of sending SMS messages.

The new generation GSMPRO now boasts many more features which makes it an ideal access control choice for a greater range of businesses and organisations. For example, it now has free access time bands enabling users to set up to 10 time periods where the entrance is held open, for specific hours of the day and on specific days of the week, which makes it perfect for housing associations, warehouses and offices. It’s also now an eight-door access control system, with the ability to add up to seven extra keypad or proximity access entrances. Additional entrances connect back to the GSMPRO via an RS485 bus using standard CAT5 cable.

Many of the new features have been the result of special requests from customers which have been found to be good additions to the system and have allowed the GSM range to be used on installations with complex requirements.

A great new feature is that the system now carries a new remote event log that can be accessed online (www.videxevents.co.uk), allowing events to be viewed in real time, on the move via a phone, tablet/laptop. It’s a great security feature because it’s where a record is kept of calls, gate/door openings and much more. What’s also useful is that alerts can be programmed where an email will be sent should that alert be triggered. For example, if the gate or door is opened out of normal hours – any unusual activity is flagged.

There are several new programming commands too, included to make the system very easy to set up and simple to use. For example, it is now possible to program all an apartment’s telephone numbers (primary and divert numbers) in a single SMS message and program up to five dial to open numbers in a single SMS.

Users will now also be able to download the new app directly from Google’s ‘Play store’ and Apple’s ‘App store’ free of change. The app can be used with all current and older model GSM intercoms.

Introducing Our New Social Housing Catalogue

We’re pleased to announce that our new social housing catalogue is now available!

We have been supplying and manufacturing access control and door entry systems for over 30 years and have in-depth technical knowledge of door entry systems and provide lifelong product support for the systems we supply, wherever they’re installed.

With our vast experience in the social housing access control market, it made sense to create a catalogue detailing all of the systems we provide for social housing entry.

We comply to long standing and recently established building regulations. For example, our systems fully comply with the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standard, Secured by Design, the Police initiative for designing out crime, and the Equality Act 2010 guidelines. We ensure we meet all your access control needs including statutory and regulatory requirements.

 Many local authorities and housing associations choose Videx as their preferred supplier of access control and door entry systems utilising our unrivalled bespoke products. With in-house engraving, CAD technicians and a wealth of social housing knowledge, we can provide a solution that suits most clients. Whether the entry panel needs to be a specific style, shape or size we can manufacture it, engrave it and deliver it.  Excellent lead times ensure you save time and cost but most importantly keep your tenants safe and secure.

Fife Housing Group Chooses Videx For Access Control

One of East Scotland’s largest independent housing associations, Fife Housing, has teamed up with access control and door entry experts, Videx, to equip 84 flats in and around the Fife area with bespoke access control systems, that have been tailor made to meet the entry requirements of residents.

Working with installer Caledonia Fire and Security, Videx has supplied audio intercom systems to 14 blocks of flats, which each carry key features that make them an ideal access control solution for housing association tenants and their various entry needs. The panels are also fitted with Videx’s standalone offline proximity system, MiAccess, which is perfect as part of a multiple entrance system without the need to cable between devices.

Billy Paton, Scotland and Ireland Sales Manager at Videx, said: “The requirement was clear – Fife Housing needed a robust access control solution that was simple to use and navigate yet highly secure. The panels we made are to a bespoke size with many features to suit the specific needs of those who live there. For example, the panels included high visibility yellow ring bezel buttons that help the partially sighted. What’s more, the MiAccess proximity also means that the programming of fobs can be done remotely saving time, money and helping to reduce the carbon footprint because an engineer doesn’t need to go out to the developments each time a fob has been lost or damaged and needs replacing. Housing staff are also given a master card which allows access to each individual tenanted block.”

All block panels are also engraved with appropriate numbers and addresses required, which is a key part of the bespoke service offered by Videx, that many housing associations find useful because it enables call buttons to be specifically named or labelled, helping the caller to speak to the right person when they visit or highlighting a concierge service/emergency number facility.

Fife Housing are really pleased with the new system, with residents expressing great feedback on how easy to use they are while being a nice, modern design too.

David Todd, Contract Officer at Fife Housing, said: “Security yet ease of access and a user-friendly system that could be specifically made to meet the entry needs of all different types of residents, including those with disabilities, was imperative and the Videx system has provided exactly that. What’s more, the team have been really supportive and hands on throughout the entire installation, working closely and positively with our installer and providing technical and practical advice both pre, during and post installation. I also know that if I had any issues with the system, or need to modify it according to entry needs, this wouldn’t be a problem and Videx would be on hand to help us do this. It’s been a pleasure to work with Steve and the team – the system is doing a sterling job.”

Andrew Thomson, Director at Caledonia Fire and Security, added: “The access control system we installed into each of the 14 Fife Housing blocks are not only manufactured to a high quality but look the part too which is not always easy to find. The intercom systems, including the MiAccess integration, were absolutely perfect for this development and, from an installation point view, such a seamless process. No cables, no fuss, no downtime. We install a lot of Videx systems across Scotland, and we’ve always found the products to be first class, as well as their bespoke approach and high level of technical support if we do need help when installing a system, either in the form of training pre-installation or onsite assistance during installation or just after. We couldn’t fault them.”

New multi entrance, multi apartment GSM offering

Introducing a new device compatible with its flagship VX2200 system, both 2 wire audio and 6 wire video versions, that enables audio calls to be made from any of the VX2200 entrances to a mobile phone or land line.

 

Strengthening Videx’s presence in the GSM entry market, the 2270 is a 2G/3G device which is suitable for new and existing systems within residential apartments. It has the ability to call up to 180 apartments with the facility to release the door after verifying the caller.

 

The 2270 offers residents the facility to answer calls from their VX2200 system even when they’re not at home, offering additional security to their property. The device diverts a call directly to the resident’s mobile or alternative land line, so that they’re always aware of who is visiting, even when they’re away. A key feature is the facility to connect multiple entrances (up to 15) using only a single SIM card. Also featured within the device is a dial to open facility for up to 3,000 telephone numbers with 3 relay output. A caller can ring the 2270 and if their number is stored in the dial to open list it will activate one or more of the relays.

 

Further features include three auxiliary inputs which are fully programmable for a number of functions such as sending text messages and activating relays for different functions. The three relay outputs are also programmable for a number of functions such as remote relays for Secured by Design requirements, the official UK Police flagship initiative combining the principles of ‘designing out crime’ with physical security.

 

Alarms triggered by an apartment can also be handled by the 2270, either by sending an SMS to a number or by activating a relay. What’s more, an event log, that can store up to  8,000  events, is maintained within the GSM module and can be integrated via the USB port and the PC software which includes many features to simplify the installation and programming process. Programming can be carried out using either text messages or with a PC using the USB connection or RS485 link.

We’ve launched our YouTube tutorials!

We are very excited to tell you that we have introduced the first in a series of useful tutorials to our YouTube channel that are aimed to talk you through the setup of our systems and provide ‘how to’ guides in circumstances where you need to learn about a system or feature quickly.

The first videos focus on MiAccess, our standalone offline proximity system that’s 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. The beauty of the offline access control system 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.

Our first video provides an introduction to the system and our second video demonstrates what to do when an entry card needs replacing.

Please keep an eye on our YouTube channel as we will be populating it more and more with similar tutorial and demonstration focused videos!

MiAccess, an introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKGS-ddXB_U

MiAccess, card replacement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNC1-3T4JMw

Celebrating 33 Years In Business!

We recently celebrated our 33rd anniversary and what an amazing (and busy!) 33 years it’s been!

Our innovation and development continues to evolve and this is all down to the incredible team at Videx.

We’d just like to say a huge thank you to our staff and wonderful customers for their long standing support, commitment and passion for the access control sector which has enabled us to stand proud at the forefront of the industry, developing new products and systems to meet your ongoing and new entry needs.

Here’s looking forward to our 34th birthday!

Our Annual Charity Golf Day is 21!

We’re so proud to be hosting our charity golf day for the 21st consecutive year on Friday 31st August at Old Ford Manor in Hertfordshire!

The event is aimed to raise as much money as possible for The Videx Charitable Trust so that we, as a charity, can buy equipment for those living with cerebral palsy, to help them lead a more comfortable and fulfilling life.

On the day, approximately 60 golfers will enjoy brunch followed by a single player and putting competition.  The event ends with dinner, an award ceremony, a blind auction and raffle. All money raised will go directly to the Videx Charitable Trust and be used to buy equipment for those in need.

John Rickard, Managing Director, at Videx Security said: “It really is a fantastic event and we’re hoping this year’s is better than ever. Last year, we raised over £11,000 on the day, which was wonderful. The Videx Charitable Trust has been set up to help children and adults with cerebral palsy and every single penny donated goes towards this. The Golf Day raises such a valuable amount of money and we’d like to thank everyone who is taking part and donating prizes – it’s very much appreciated and will make a difference.”

If you would like to offer a raffle or auction prize to the golf day, or make a financial contribution, you can do so by visiting the Trust’s website www.vidextrust.com or if you’d prefer to do this directly, please email: trustees@vidextrust.com

Portal Plus Offering enhanced with lift interface

The Portal Plus access control range has been enhanced by introducing a lift interface relay unit that enables the operation of a lift to be controlled by the access control system.

Portal Plus is Videx’s networkable access control system that supports proximity, keypads and bio access readers. It’s used in many applications across the private and public sector and is scalable from simple one entrance systems through to multiple entrances with local or remote management facilities.

The lift interface relay unit enables the calling of the lift and the restricted use of the lift to users programmed on the access control system. It can be used to enable the lift buttons or allow direct floor selection. It’s an ideal access control solution for the management of a lift in commercial premises and residential developments.

The RB0408 unit is a great addition to the Portal Plus range because it means access can be restricted to certain floors as well as certain rooms within a building, offering additional security to those who live or work within the building. This can be especially useful in shared buildings, such as office blocks, where each floor might be occupied by different tenants where they’re only allowed access to their own floor, and also in residential developments for restricting entry to tenants to the floor they live on, in high rise flats for example.

The RB0408 includes 8 relays to control up to 8 floors. Using more than one RB0408, it’s possible to control lifts for up to 32 floors. The RB0408 also includes LED indication when a relay is active which is useful for an engineer to see which floors have access when a user operates a reader. Four inputs are also included to enable, disable and override the lift control.

Users of the access control system can choose either an access code, proximity fob/card or their finger print to call the lift. Programming is carried out using the Portal Plus Pros CS management software where the lift control integrates seamlessly into user access level programming enabling each user to be independently programmed so that they can gain entry to one or more floors based on their access rights and time restricted access.

The lift controllers are simple to connect and setup, utilising an RS485 bus to connect to the Portal Plus EWSi controller and includes dip switches to address the unit. The unit can be added to the system control cabinet, directly wall mounted or mounted on a DIN rail.