In hotels or large tourist complexes it is usual for different security systems (access control, CCTV cameras, alarms, fire system or BMS management of the building and others) to be completely isolated from each other.
However, in recent years a greater The tendency to seek technology that integrates the management of different security systems, not only because of the cost savings and the greater ease of use this entails, but also because, working together, more advanced functions can be applied to the building, providing more “smart” security and connecting to the internet.
“One of the key elements that will facilitate the convergence of these systems is to use the same transmission medium and an open, popular and simple communication protocol among security and electrical professionals such as structured cabling systems and IP protocol”, Juan Madrid, head of IP Business Development at FERMAX, explains.
“In the next step, the SIP protocol will be the integration window that allows different systems to interact and establish voice/video communication between two security devices.”
Intercommunication is key for hotel refuge areas
As a practical example, Juan proposes an IP video and intercom system in hotel bunker areas according to the Technical Building Regulations (CTE). emergency call points on the evacuation stairs of each floor, and more specifically in the area designated as shelter areas for persons with reduced mobility.
Usually it is to install a voice intercom system for an emergency call to a reception or security point; this makes it possible to seek help and meet with the person confined to the refuge area.
However, with an IP video intercom system such as the FERMAX IP MEET system, it is possible to install a street panel that not only communicates with the outside world, but also communicates with the outside world. Send high definition video to the emergency call station.
“This allows the receiver of the call to witness the scene and confirm that he or she needs assistance. Similarly, and following indications of the CTE, this system also applies to enclosures at risk of jamming,” he elaborates.
For added value, the receptionist or checkpoint attendant is also answer the call from both your desktop device and your mobile phone, In case the system has a call forwarding application from the panel to the smartphone, as in the MEET ME application.
“As an IP system, it would be sufficient to simply connect the IP network to the Internet. In this way, the call will be guaranteed to be received in a few emergencies, when the security or reception point has to be abandoned, because the smartphone will always accompany the person responsible for answering calls. In addition to facilitating more effective assistance, this will reduce the anxiety of the person in the shelter area and confined spaces at risk of incarceration,” explains Juan.
IP technology also for access control
Fortunately, such emergencies are not common, but intercoms may have other uses. add proximity card readers to street panel.
This is done by controlling access to these areas and also by access to floor by stairs.
“If the building already has an IP network, existing structured cabling, including GPON fiber optics, can be used to reduce installation time and cost, even if the computer network is already being used by other types of technology such as access control.” , video surveillance systemetc.” he explains.
Finally, we must not forget that. IP system provides scalability and flexibility far superior to any other a similar system based on bus cabling.
In wired systems, intercoms need to be grouped with control posts and wiring to call groups or communication centers, as well as building distances and sections need to be sized correctly.
This often complicates setup and can compromise or compromise future expansions or changes to call flows. Again, IP systems solve these disadvantages because you only need to make sure there is a network point (and power in case of not using PoE) where the intercom is located.
The destination of calls is configured in the product without the need to consider wiring, as well as allowing a significantly greater number of intercom points.
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