Viking Electronics has been providing its bag of tricks and tools to the telecommunications and security industries for many years. Their products are made in the U.S.A. and reflect as high a level of engineering and quality manufacturing as any I've used. Translation: They don't break and they...
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Viking Electronics has been providing its bag of tricks and tools to the telecommunications and security industries for many years. Their products are made in the U.S.A. and reflect as high a level of engineering and quality manufacturing as any I've used. Translation: They don't break and they operate as specified.
Viking Electronics' single-line telephone intercoms allow an easy means of setting up voice communications between a door and any phone in the premises, and enable the client to remotely release the electric door strike. Another Viking device, the LDB-2, monitors the incoming phone line and produces a dry contact when a call comes in.
Locksmith Ledger readers may recall that this feature was used for a special application where the client was deaf and needed to know when the phone was ringing.
Viking's new E-50 Video Intercom debuted in the Security Industry Association's New Product Showcase at the ISC West Show in the spring. The E-50 Series Video Entry phone is a compact, weather and vandal resistant speaker phone designed to provide two-way hands-free audio communication and color composite video for video surveillance and remote door or gate control.
A self-contained unit like this has appeal for many installations because it is attractive, discreet, simple to install, and is less a target for vandals than a separate camera and enclosure would present.
The intercom portion of the unit offers the similar features as other Viking door intercom units, with the advantages of enabling communications between any phone in the premises and the door or gate.
By using adapters offered by Viking, multiple door stations can be installed in a single premises or configured to dial particular occupants.
The integral video camera runs independently of the audio intercom, enabling continuous monitoring from any number of locations.
For interfacing, the E-50 entry phones requires the use of a Viking model C-200; or a C-2000A Entry Phone controller when sharing a single phone line with residential or small business telephones; connection to an unused analog station port (programmed for ring down) on a phone system; or connected directly to a telephone line when used with a Viking model K-1900-5 auto dialer. (This is all rather straightforward and easy to implement even for a newbie.)
The E-50 has a built-in high resolution color video camera, microphone and speaker volume controls, selectable auto answer for monitoring and intelligent call progress detection for automatic hang-up when the call is completed.
The camera has a wide angle 70 degree lens, and may be adjusted plus or minus 20 degrees up and down, and plus or minus 30 degrees left and right.
The camera connects to a monitor or video distribution network using a modulator. The E-50 can be wired different ways, depending on the distance from the E-50 and where it's tied into the building.
For distances up to 150 feet, both camera and audio can be run over a single Cat 5e cable. For longer distances, coax is recommended for the camera and Cat5 for the audio and power to the unit.
Bear in mind that of you use a Viking interface for unlocking a door strike or gate operator, then the wiring requirements will be different.
The E-50 Series is available with Enhanced Weather Protection (EWP) for extreme outdoor environments or corrosive atmospheres,
• Door or gate communication, business delivery entrances
• Use with a Viking C-200 to control one E-50 on a single phone line
• Use with a Viking C-2000A to control up to 4 E-50s and door/gate control on a single phone line
• Provide unique front and back door chimes and paging when used with a Viking SLP-1 and C-2000A
• Use with a Viking K-1900-5 for automatic speed dialing on telephone lines or analog PABX/KSU station ports
Applications include vehicle entry gates and healthcare providers like managed care facilities.