Neil Baldwin, Managing Director at ESP, looks at why door entry systems are in high demand throughout the pandemic and beyond.
As much of the country is once more facing some sort of lockdown restrictions, efforts continue on all fronts to create safe environments for people to work, shop, dine and keep fit.
With the emphasis on ensuring minimum risk of exposure to the coronavirus, building owners have been following guidelines and implementing ways of restricting access to premises to authorised personnel only. This has resulted in a huge rise in demand for access control systems.
Since the summer of last year we’ve seen a continual and striking uplift in sales across the whole of our access control product category. All types of businesses are seeing the benefits of installing door entry systems to control access to the buildings as a means to help reduce the transmission of the virus. This is evidenced by the fact we’ve had orders for work on hotels, GP surgeries, schools, dentists, office premises and building sites.
As a leading security products supplier, ESP offers a broad range of door entry solutions – from simple audio only door entry products which can provide an ideal solution for those projects which are cost-sensitive, through to the more sophisticated multi-way video door entry systems.
We’re also keen to encourage installers not to view access control as the domain of a security specialist. In most circumstances, they’ll already possess the necessary skill-set required for a quality installation so can help get this message across.
At a time when budgets are being tightly scrutinised on projects, it’s proving a cost-effective solution to opt for a good quality audio only system at the beginning of a project, with the option to upgrade to a video monitor at a later date.
ESP’s Aperta door access system is suitable for the domestic market, as well as for small-to-medium commercial installations. The audio door entry handset provides specifiers and installers with a less expensive option than a video door entry system, making it an ideal entry-level solution where cost-efficiency on a project may be a key requirement.
Working on a non-polarity 2-wire bus system, the Aperta system allows for simple and time-effective installation and offers versatility – supporting any configuration of audio-only handset and video monitor. 2-way audio allows for clear audio identification of the visitor, while features on the handset include ring tone selection, doorbell option, intercom call, lock release function and volume adjustment.
One of ESP’s most popular door entry products is the Aperta EZTAG door entry system, which is a sleek keypad and proximity reader, designed to provide a compact, durable and convenient solution for a wide variety of access control applications. It is straightforward to install and commission, with simple self-contained programming.
EZTAG3 is an IP65-rated combined access control keypad with proximity tag or pin code activation, accommodating up to 1,010 key tag holders or pin numbers. It comes complete with 10 tags and features a robust housing with a narrow footprint allowing installation where space is at a premium. The units are further enhanced with the use of LED operational indicators and an attractive blue backlighting of the keypad.
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