Great Northern Tower upgrades access control system for residents

May 23, 2022

The Great Northern Tower is an impressive 72-metre (236 feet) high-rise tower block, which has been tailor made for residential living. With 25 floors, it is home to 287 self-contained apartments, located in the heart of Manchester, United Kingdom.

An effective door entry system plays a critical role in convenient, secure and flexible access control, as well as the safety and well-being of residents. The tower block has a concierge service that also requires specific authorisation for entry into and exit out of the building.

Access-Ability UK Ltd fitted a Videx 4G GSM system that was highly customised, integrated perfectly with the existing fob reader, but, crucially, solved the key entry challenges that the residents and the concierge team were facing.

Barry Kimber, a Director at Access-Ability UK Ltd, said: “One major issue that we needed to solve was to enable effective, easy but secure door entry for residents, to authorise entry in and out of the tower block. By installing a GSM intercom system with a VX2200 panel, it meant residents could receive notification of someone at the entrance straight to their phone, whether they were home or not.”

Alongside the GSM technology, Videx also supplied a highly customised entry panel that was not only specifically manufactured for The Great Northern Tower, to sit within a very difficult-to-navigate glass wall and feature the existing third-party access control reader, but also carried bespoke engraving too.

The Videx 4G GSM system is extremely flexible and provides the utmost convenience and security to users. Programming can be done via apps, text messages and PC software, both locally and remotely.

The digital 4G intercoms can support up to 1,000 apartments each with coded access and proximity access, as additions to the dial to open access control option. Up to ten free access periods can be programmed for any of the outputs on the Videx 4G GSM system.

Mark Roud, the Northern Area Sales Manager at Videx UK, said: “Our 4G GSM solution is highly versatile and convenient, providing an excellent access control and entry system for a wide range of properties and developments.”

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