Utilising the power of the mobile GSM network, this door entry system combines proximity access and keypad entry with a call button to allow occupants to enter with ease using a proximity card or fob, or by entering a PIN code into the keypad. For visitors, they can simply press the call button in the centre of the panel to introduce themselves and give you the opportunity to either let them in or simply hang up the call.
This is designed for offices or single-residence homes, offering only a single call-button, but this button can have up to four different telephone numbers registered to it, so if one does not answer after the chosen time interval, the system will then dial out to the next number, and repeat this until either the call is answered, or all registered numbers are exhausted, in which case the system will hang up and stop the call sequence (installers tip :- be sure to set this timeout to be quicker than the time it takes for any answer machine to kick in to avoid confusion!)
The proximity reader on this system offers two different types of access; the first is unrestricted access - this allows anyone with a valid card registered on the system to gain access at any time using their card. You can add up to 200 cards in this way.
The system also offers time-restricted access cards. With this method, if you set up a card onto the system in a time-restricted group, their card will only work during the times that have been set for this group. You can add up to 20 cards in this manner, and these cards will only be accepted during the predefined time schedule they are set to work on. So if your timed access schedule was for example set up to be 9am until 5pm, those 20 user cards would not be able to gain access outside of those operating hours.
The keypad allows you to register up to 200 standard codes. These codes will work all hours of the day, every day of the week (unless you delete them of course). You can then also add 20 time-restricted codes, in the same manner as the proximity cards mentioned above. These codes will only work during certain times of the day. Similarly, you can also set what we call 'guest codes' or 'temporary codes'. These codes will automatically become invalid after a certain timescale - and you can add 30 of these which is a very generous scope for guest codes!
You can also phone the panel to unlock the door! That's right, if you want to just be able to phone the door to unlock it, you can save the phone number registered to the system into your phone as 'Front Door' or whatever you'd like to call it, and by phoning it you can instantly unlock the door - all you have to do is program your own phone number into the system's whitelist - then when you call it, it uses Caller ID to recognise if your number is in the whitelist or not - if it is, the door will unlock. If it isn't the call will simply be rejected and nothing will happen.
You can also set up automatic timed locking / unlocking, so if you want the door to be unlocked during certain times on certain days, you can do this - all changeable on-the-fly through the GSM programming from your phone wherever you are.
From the app you can also request the activity log which is effectively a basic audit-trail feature. By sending this request, the system will then text you the last 20 access operations, telling you if they accessed either via code (showing just the last 2 digits of the code used for security reasons), by phoning to unlock the door (showing the last 6 digits of their number), by the call-button being answered (showing the last 6 digits of the recipient's number to show who let the visitor in), or by a prox card being used (showing the ID code of the card for identification).
If you're already familiar with how these GSM based systems work, then you'll understand the basic principles of how the communication works. But if you don't, in basic terms, the system makes its calls when the call button is pressed, by using a SIM card just like you have in your mobile phone. The system is also programmed and updated by using text-messages sent to the device. In times gone by, you'd have to physically type in complex programming codes into your phone and send them as a text-message, however, AES have made this process really easy by developing a smartphone app which gives you a user-friendly interface with simple buttons to press in order to issue commands to the system. You can do this from anywhere in the world as long as you have signal on your phone - just bear in mind that every action you make silently sends a text message from your phone to the system - in most cases this will be free as most phone contracts have free texts these days, but if you don't have free texts you will be charged at the standard rate set by your network provider for these SMS messages.