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Build it your way!  Looking for a comprehensive door entry system without having to pay for features you don't want?   Well, now you can! When it comes to door entry systems and access control, AES have established an incredible reputation for their reliable high-quality intercom systems made in the UK; and now with this incredibly... Read more »

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Looking for a comprehensive door entry system without having to pay for features you don't want?   Well, now you can! 

When it comes to door entry systems and access control, AES have established an incredible reputation for their reliable high-quality intercom systems made in the UK; and now with this incredibly diverse modular system, you can take advantage of the full range of options available, choosing just the components that you need for your application..

Understanding the Basics

If you're lucky enough to have previously used or installed an AES system, you'll already be familiar with the build quality and ease of installation, but for those who don't, let's take a look at the design, build, and general functionality before going into detail about each of the available components. 

Made with a high-quality powder-coated aluminium, these systems are quite evidently built to last, and not just in warm dry conditions.  As a UK manufacturer, AES acknowledge our climate can be quite unforgiving on electrical systems fitted externally, and this is why they've used materials and design concepts which are all geared to stand up to the harsh British weather. 

These systems use the GSM network; which means they require a SIM card to make calls over the mobile network to any phone number whether it's your home landline, your mobile, the office, or even a temporary number of your hotel suite when you're on holiday.  This technology completely removes many of the limitations typically encountered with radio based wireless intercom systems which tend to be very restrictive.   Of course there's a cost implication to using the mobile network, but with many calls-only SIM packages being offered by various mobile service providers, this is far less of a concern nowadays than it once was.  

Of course, these systems can do more than just the communication side; you'll see from the list of modules that these systems will also serve as a complete access control system, with keypad and card reader options as well as info panels and so on.

Choosing Your Housing Panel

There are five housing panel designs available, ranging from a single-module housing up to a 6-module housing for more complex systems.  

The housing designs are 1 x 1 (single module), 1 x 2 (two modules), 1 x 3 (three modules), 2 x 2 (four modules) and the largest in the range which is 2 x 3 (six modules) as shown in the photos.   And while there are far more than six modules to choose from, it is unlikely any system would need any more than six of the available options.   In these rare circumstances, give us a call and we can assist with the project. 

In order to correctly choose your desired housing panel, you'll first need to know which modules you want / need.   A full list can be seen below, along with noted dependencies on certain modules (where one must be used with another for example). 

Size of the panels - One module  117mm wide by 62 mm high - Two Module 117 mm wide 304 mm  - Three Module 117mm wide 441mm high - Four module 214 mm wide 304 mm wide - Six module 214 mm wide 441 mm high 

Choosing Your Modules

There are thirteen different module options available to choose from; and the amount of modules you want will determine the size of housing panel you require.   There are also some module-dependencies you should be aware of.  These dependencies are highlighted in bold below for convenience. 

Speaker Module

Speaker Module

The speaker module is necessary for communication between the door and the occupier.   It contains the speaker and microphone used for communication, and in addition to this, the speaker module also contains the main board for GSM communication and therefore this is a minimum requirement on any size system.  

It is important to remember that in order to allow visitors to initiate a call the speaker panel must be combined with a button panel, or if you only need one button, then consider the speaker module with button below. 

Speaker Module with 1 Button

Speaker Module with Button

With all the same technology built into it as the Speaker Module above, this model comes with a single call button built-in to maximise on button capacity, or purely to minimise expense on single-way systems where only one button is needed.  

Whilst there are no specific dependencies or requirements for this panel, each system must have either this module or the standard Speaker Module above in order to operate over the GSM network. 

Button Modules

Button Modules

Available in 1-button, 2-button, 3-button, 4-button and 5-button versions, the Button Modules feature illuminated call-buttons with back-lit name panels allowing you to put the name or flat number for quick and easy identification of the correct call button for each resident.  You are not limited to one module of buttons, you can stack multiple modules, which would in theory allow for up to a 26-button system on the 6-module panels (with the first module a speaker module with 1 button). 

There are no specific dependencies for the button modules, other than the system must have a speaker module fitted, which is essential for the whole system to work so is not strictly a dependency of these modules. 

Information Module

Information Module

This module is designed to allow you to incorporate features of the MultiCom Lite system by AES.   It is a simple but effective illuminated instruction panel that allows you to slide in a personalised information card to assist visitors in using the keypad to call the correct occupant, or indeed for a simple list of occupants and their apartment numbers. Approximately 30 names can be listed using the template available to download.

This is normally used on systems that exceed the maximum capacity of call-buttons, so that you can either list the occupants and their apartment number, so that visitors can press the number(s) on the keypad and then hit the call key to reach the correct person.   Alternatively, it can be used more simply, with many installers choosing to simply state "Please key in the apartment number followed by the hash key (#)".

To utilise these info modules as intended, you must also incorporate a keypad into your system.   However, in some cases you may choose to use this panel purely as information only, in which case there would be no dependencies.

Directory Module

Directory Module

The directory module is designed to allow you to build your system with the benefits of the Multicom Classic entry system by AES.  It incorporates a backlit digital LCD screen, containing a scrollable list of all programmed occupants in the system. 

The default screen contains instruction for the visitor to use the two buttons to scroll up and down through the list, and then once the correct name is found, they can then press the call button on the keypad and the system will begin dialling to that person's registered telephone number(s). 

Because of this necessary interaction between this module and the keypad, a keypad module is required in order to use this module.

Keypad Module

Keypad Module

The keypad module has multiple roles within the modular system, depending on what other modules you're using.   In its principle function, the keypad allows users to enter their programmed PIN code to trigger the relay used to unlock the door.  The keypad can store up to 200 of these user PIN codes, allowing for some substantial usage. 

In addition to these 'standard' codes, the keypad module can also offer 20 time-restricted codes and 30 temporary guest codes
The temporary guest codes do as the name suggests, when programming them you would set an expiry time & date, and after this time, the code will no longer work.  
The time-restricted codes work on an internal 24/7 timeclock which is excellent for non-residents who regularly need access at certain times.   A postman for example might need access between 10am and 11am, Monday to Saturday.   With time-restricted codes you can do exactly this.

Of course, having a keypad module is also a dependency of some other modules.   When combined with the info panel or the directory module, this keypad also acts as an input for calls made from the info panel instruction or digital directory list.

Prox Reader Module

Prox Reader Module

When you want to be able to offer card or fob access, the proximity reader module opens up this possibility for your entry system.  This reader can store up to 200 user cards or fobs, and can also facilitate 20 time-restricted cards or fobs too, allowing you to give a card to the postman for example, which could be programmed to only work between 10am and 11am, or shift staff who should only have access during certain hours

3 access cards are supplied with the prox reader module as standard to get you started.  You can click here to buy more cards.

Keypad & Prox Module

Keypad & Prox Module

This module combines the functionality of the keypad module and the prox reader module listed above.  So if you were looking to have both options on your system, then in most cases this is the way to go, saving space and money by combining the two technologies into a single module.  In some cases you may specifically want the two separate modules, but in most cases this proves to be a more effective way of offering both.

Using this module you can effectively replicate a similar scenario to that offered by the AES Prime Prox systems.   To buy prox cards to work with this click here.

Blanking Module

Blank Module

In most cases, these will not be required.   But in some instances you may find yourself with one too many module slots for your requirements but cannot downsize the housing panel.  

This could be because you need a 5 module system and therefore have to choose the 6-module housing panel, or it might be that the tall 3-module system doesn't suit your taste and you'd rather upscale to the more square 4-module unit for aesthetic reasons.  In these cases a blanking plate allows you to finish off the system nicely without having to spend money on unwanted technology just to fill the space. 

Need any help?

At LocksOnline we pride ourselves on offering that old-fashioned personal approach; so we'd be happy to talk through your project with you and assist where we can.   If you need help completing your build, or understanding what else you might need to achieve the result you're looking for, just get in touch!  We'd love to help you.

Our product specifications are given in good faith but can be subject to manufacturer change without notice. Should an attribute be of essense to your purchase, please feel free to contact us first for confirmation.


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AES Design & Build Modular GSM Door Access Intercom

AES Design & Build Modular GSM Door Access Intercom

AES Design & Build Modular GSM Door Access Intercom

AES Design & Build Modular GSM Door Access Intercom

AES Design & Build Modular GSM Door Access Intercom

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