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Queens Tower Sheffield - Multicom GSM Project

AES are proud to have worked with our distribution partner BFT Automation and installation partner Synergy Security Systems Ltd on an innovative solution for the historic Queen’s Tower development in Sheffield.


The Grade II listed building was converted into blocks of apartments in 2004. With vehicle and pedestrian gates to control access to the outer perimeter, security is of the upmost importance to the residents of the Queen’s Tower development. In 2020 the existing hard wired BUS system was becoming uneconomical to repair and with existing cable infrastructure damaged a replacement access control system for the residents was needed. The requirement was for residents to be contacted and allow access remotely to visitors at vehicle and pedestrian gates and also to each individual block. The residents and management also needed Proximity cards to access at all intercom points within the system.


Synergy Security Systems proposed an AES Multicom Classic GSM intercom with built in proximity reader on each of the 15 entrances around the development. A number of product features suited the application.

- Large LCD Display with clear instructions for the user
- Name directory option to scroll through users for calling
- Proximity reader inbuilt for up to 750 users
- Up to 250 unique access control keypad codes
- Temporary codes for contractors and deliveries
- Built in time clock to control gate opening and closing

Why GSM?
The Multicom Classic GSM solution was perfect for this site as it meant there was no need to run cables between the gates, access panels and residents’ apartments. This meant a significant reduction in labour time and materials whilst future proofing against and further episodes of cable issues around the development.

What about the sim cards?
Synergy Security Solutions took a managed sim package from AES Global Telecom meaning all the equipment and ongoing costs could be managed in one place on a rolling basis. These unlimited sims utilising the Vodafone network are for unlimited usage so there are no surprise bills.


The Installers Verdict

“Yet again the install of an AES GSM intercom went smoothly. The ease of cabling using existing power locations around the site meant that the install was far less labour intensive than a wired option. My team worked closely with AES and the systems came pre programmed with all residents details. This saved time on site and made the install very easy. AES really went the extra mile with programming the system before it left the factory. The ability to make future changes remotely via the Multicom app will make managing this site simple going forward. We can even add new proximity cards/ fobs without attending site. The sim packages offered meant that I had the complete package from one place”

Oliver Ridgewick - Managing Director, Synergy Security Systems Ltd.


The Distribution Partner

UK Sales Manager for BFT Automation Richard Winstanley commented:
“Our partnership with AES Global goes from strength to strength. It was great to work together on this project and we will continue offering our customers the best service, lead times and support. We look forward to working with the professional team at Synergy Security Systems going forward"

AES UK North Sales Manager – Nenad Smiljanic

“It was an absolute pleasure working with Synergy Security Systems again. From specification to handover all parties worked tirelessly to provide cutting edge technology, security and convenience to the residents of Queen’s Tower. The ability to answer calls and grant access remotely was well received. With the increase in deliveries the ability to operate gates and doors remotely is becoming more relevant on intercom installs and I only see GSM intercoms taking a larger share of the apartment intercom market going forward"


The Local Resident

“The systems compliment the style and character of the area and offer great convenience. The new option to answer the intercom from anywhere in the world without revealing whether we are at home or not is so useful and offers great security for our home. The proximity cards allow us to quickly gain access through the vehicle gate the system is just so convenient for us"



Working closely with installation companies is something that AES pride themselves on. By focusing on providing a good service and creating a long lasting relationship and trust, for the customer to choose AES in the future. This project is a great example of that.


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