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 tailored 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 of a 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 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 reducing the carbon footprint, due to an engineer not having to go out to the developments each time a fob has been lost or damaged. 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. Many housing associations find this 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 pleased with the new system, with residents expressing great feedback on how efficient they are while being a nice and modern design.
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. The team have been 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 would not 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 perfect for this development and from an installation point view it was 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 need help when installing a system. Training pre-installation or onsite assistance during installation or just after is provided. We could not fault them.”