Recent incidents of school violence have renewed the interest in enhanced security for schools and the deployment of additional security technologies. Access control, video surveillance and security communications are all technical tools which authorities and parents are demanding.
A secured perimeter with controlled access and emergency lockdown; extended video surveillance, and reliable dedicated communications allow notification of hazards and help orchestrate defensive and offensive responses are essential parts of the modern security management system.
Unlike other emergency-only type systems such as fire burglar and panic systems, intercoms provide convenience and a sense of control and security which the end-users use and appreciate every day, not just in a crisis. It is pretty nice to visit a site and hear positive feedback from the client. I hear, “This system is great! We love it, use it every day, and do not know how we managed without it!”
For two smaller private schools, where there was a single entry door to control and only a few internal locations to control access were required, analog based technology provided the functionality at an acceptable price point for the client. For another larger institution, a network based system was selected for its scalability and features.
In yet another situation, a school had a lower school and a middle school on one campus and an upper school about a mile up the road on a different site. The three schools were interconnected with a LAN, and it was desired that all the doors requiring control could be viewed and controlled from multiple desks, and also that each desk could communicate with each other. This institution already had a school-wide access control system, so the security communications upgrade could be deployed quickly by leveraging the existing electronic locking devices and card readers already in operation.
Being able to configure the system to meet the client’s exact immediate requirements, while still having the option of expanding it later, is an important consideration when selecting products.
We have found Aiphone to be adaptable to a wide variety of applications to provide custom solutions to our clients. Aiphone is a well known provider of intercoms. Their products are well made, and their technical support and Internet resources make designing, quoting and installing sophisticated security communications possible for locksmiths.
I learned long ago that end-users are less tolerant of problems with their phones than they are with other systems. Again, that’s why we choose Aiphone.
AIPHONE “IS” SERIES
The IS Series can be used as a hardwired network system for a small application, or as an IP network system for a large enterprise system across a number of facilities. This is exactly what we did for a recent project involving two sites we wished to link.
This system assists onsite visitors from any offsite Master Station. Up to 160 Master Stations, 160 Video Door Stations and 960 Room Sub Stations can be combined per site. Your PC can be used as a Master Station.
“IS” Accessories include:
IS-SOFT proprietary Aiphone software that can be installed on a PC running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. The PC with the installed IS-SOFT software may connect directly to a network, allowing for communication with any IS-IPDV, IS-IPDVF, IS-IPMV, or any station connected to an IS-IPC on a network, thereby eliminating the need for a desktop unit.
The IS-CCU allows a connection of four door / sub stations and four master stations. It features inputs for up to two IS-SCUs, four IS-RCUs, and one IS-IPC to expand the system using CAT-5e/6 cable. The IS-CCU has four public address outputs, eight contact outputs, two video BNC outputs, four contact inputs and two chime inputs each with individual volume control. A PC is required to set up the system and is set up via browser. It is powered using an external 48V DC power supply, IS-PU-UL