2N brings access control to social housing in London

2N was part of an upgrade to a residential facility in the UK to improve security and enable residents to take calls to the door when they are not home.

Access systems at Sperry and Gilbert House, blocks of flats containing private and social housing, were integrated with a new CCTV IP system to record incidents around the doors. On top of that, each block has a single lift and, in the event of a lift failure, it needed to be possible to grant easy access via the other building. Other requirements included GDPR compliant access control logs and a future proof system which could, for instance, enable QR code access for deliveries, trades people and visitors. Integration was carried out by systems integrator iQual.

The access control devices needed to be resistant to vandalism and use existing cabling to avoid the need for re-cabling and re-decoration. They also needed to enhance the flats and the buildings aesthetically. Three 2N IP Style intercoms were installed at the main doors to Sperry House and Gilbert House, and at the main shared gate for the two buildings. 2N’s intercom, the 2N IP Style includes a full-HD camera and a 10-in touchscreen display.

A 2N IP Verso security intercom, with multiple buttons to match the respective flat numbers, was then installed at the ground floor entrance to flats in Sperry House. Eight 2N Access Unit 2.0 access readers were also used to manage the entry to and from the post rooms and car parks, and through the internal link doors. Every apartment was then fitted out with a 2N?Indoor?View?answering unit, with residents receiving videocalls on its 7-in touchscreen. The requested mobile phone integration was enabled by the My2N app, which allows residents to answer video calls from the intercoms remotely for a full overview of attempted visits to their home. API integration commands programmed key events to enable alert triggers to be sent from a newly supplied CCTV system with still images in the affected areas.

Paul Blundell, managing director at iQual, said: “The residents really enjoy the new solution. There was a video system in place previously, but it was black and white and was difficult to operate. The video quality we have now is on a completely different level, easy to support whilst enhancing the end user experience and the fact that they can now access video calls on their mobile phones gives the whole thing a ‘wow’ factor. Most important of all, though, the new system is fully reliable, and the upgrades significantly improve the security of the buildings.” 


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