17 April 2009
Dial in the good guys with the Gatekeeper
High walls, electric fencing and state-of-the-art alarm systems have become an integral part of South African life in the face of the country’s unprecedented crime level.
To counter the rapid advancement of security technology, criminal syndicates are continually advancing and refining their modus operandi as evidenced by their well-planned, well-researched attacks, says Valerie Bingham, product manager for Elvey Security Technologies.
Yet, she warns, residents who barricade themselves into their properties could cut off vital access from their armed response companies in an emergency.
“Crime control today is not just about installing physical security measures. Armed response reaction times and the ability by security personnel to enter the premises to investigate the cause of an alarm are critical elements of protection. It’s not much use for them to respond to an alarm in an instant, only to be unable to get on to the property.”
Accordingly, Elvey has added the Gatekeeper to its product range. “By installing a Gatekeeper unit, the owner is able to control who enters the premises and when. All that’s required to activate the Gatekeeper is to simply dial into the unit, which will trigger the open mechanism.”
She adds: “When you purchase a Gatekeeper, entering the product code for the first time allows you to register the unit as well as create a profile, user name and password. You can then program in details of your Security Company, family and friends. You can also create schedules for domestic staff and pool servicing company to come and go during allotted working hours. Equipped with a "pay as you go" SIM card, all you have to do is top it up when necessary.”
What’s more, owners can dial their gate from any phone (with permissions granted). Says Bingham: “The missed call triggers one of two potential outputs opening either the pedestrian or main gate - provided the unit recognizes the identity of the incoming caller. In all, home owners using Gatekeeper can enjoy real peace of mind, secure in the knowledge that necessary access is a call away.”
Elvey Security Technologies is an official distributor of Gatekeeper products. For more information about the product, or an obligation free assessment of your security needs please contact your nearest Elvey branch or log on to our website at www.elvey.co.za