|Re: Common House Information||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Katie Henry (katie-henryatt.net)|
|Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2021 23:07:09 -0700 (PDT)|
Lots of good info, Sharon. The entry system at my former community was designed, installed, and maintained by Sonitrol (a national security system company). They specified commercial-grade equipment and I think it paid off. For example, the two exterior call boxes included integrated heaters so they wouldn't freeze up in the winter. They understood and supplied the equipment required for mail delivery (a special fob reader). Other stuff I can't remember. I believe the electronic call box/fob reader/door lock equipment used on the main doors has held up well. The mechanical keypad locks on other doors have been more troublesome. Drawback of electronic locking systems -- The systems often have a battery backup in case of a power outage, but it's only good for a few hours. As soon as the battery dies, the locks release and you are wide open. Can be a problem during a prolonged power outage. I was glad we had mechanical keypad locks on the doors that face the main sidewalk - the doors the most likely to be randomly tested by passersby. We added a sensor to all the exterior doors and wired the sensors to a panel by the front door so the corresponding light comes on when a door is opened. Very handy in a large single-building community with multiple exterior doors on two levels. Does your system use key fobs? Or just keypads? There's less wear on the system with key fobs but people tend to forget or lose them and lock themselves out. On the other hand, there are safety/security issues with too many outside people knowing the codes. It can be a chore to change a code and make sure everyone is notified. Katie Henry
Re: Common House Information Sharon Villines, April 5 2021
- Re: Common House Information Katie Henry, April 5 2021
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