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Keyless Mailbox Systems: What you should know.

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Keyless Mailbox Systems: What you should know.

Keyless Mailbox Systems: What you should know.

Over the past ten years, there has been a steady rise of keyless door entry systems incorporated into blocks of flats and apartments. Advances in technology has seen a variety of ingenious touchpads, keypads and key fob entry systems being used by developers to ensure the safety of residents and to keep apartment blocks secure.

 

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Keyless Mailboxes: Our model RV292 digilock postbox

Keyless door entry, keyless mailbox systems

It stands to reason then, that if the building we live in does not require a key to gain access to it, nor does access to the locked letterbox in the lobby area, which holds our mail. With less reliance on keys, there is a sense of being more secure in our world. That unauthorised access becomes more difficult to achieve.

To a certain extent this is true. Technological advances in our locking systems mean that opportunist attempts at unauthorised access or theft are significantly reduced. But this comes at a price. Such technology doesn’t come cheap. Whilst the initial cost of the technology is borne by the developer, the maintenance of these systems is the responsibility ultimately of the resident via the managing agent.

And as a resident, if you ever lose a key fob or card, or need a copy, then the cost can be expensive, and the choice of suppliers restrictive.

There is also a danger of becoming reliant on such systems, thinking that the technology behind it is fail-safe. The modern day criminal is as likely to be carrying a handheld device to circumnavigate a locking system as he/she is a set of screwdrivers or the traditional swag bag.

 

Different Types of Keyless Mailbox Systems

So what types of keyless mailbox systems are available? The two main types are push button lock post boxes, commonly known as digilock post boxes, and electronic access control / card reader mailboxes, which includes key fob systems and card readers similar to those found on hotel room doors.

Digilocks by nature have ten push buttons marked from 0 to 9, and a thumb turn to release the bolt once the correct code has been typed into the digilock. Typically vertical in nature, it is possible to retrospectively fit them to horizontal post boxes too, with a horizontal style digilock.

Whilst not recommended for external use, some clients have positioned them on external letterboxes. It’s is not necessarily the electronics which are susceptible to the elements, but the batteries in the digilocks which can corrode once wate comes into contact with them. Post Boxes UK can supply digilocks with a rubber gasket /seal which are IP54 rated, however, these locks are designed for damp environments sch as changing rooms rather than pure external environments.

The second type of keyless mailbox system available is an electronic access control / card reader type mailbox. These systems tend to be more sophisticated than the stand alone digilock systems. They are usually used in tandem with the door entry system specified for the building, thus allowing residents to use just one key fob or card to gain access to both the apartment block and their key fob mailbox.

 

Contact Post Boxes UK – Keyless Mailbox Systems

Post Boxes UK offers a range of keyless mailbox with digilocks and key fob mailboxes. In fact, most of our range of mailboxes and letter boxes can be fitted with at least a digilock and to a lesser extent an electronic access lock. Call us today on 0121 288 0838 to discuss your requirements, and we will advise mailbox keyless mailbox system will work best for you.

Letter Boxes for Offices

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Letter Boxes for Offices

Letter Boxes for Offices

 

 

In our last article we looked at mailboxes for student accommodation, and in particular what architects and developers should look for in a mailbox unit when specifying for a student accommodation project. In the following article, we will look at those issues which need to be addressed when specifying banks of letter boxes for offices.

 

A box is a box isn’t it?

At first glance, you may think that letter boxes for offices or student flats would be exactly the same. In some circumstances, this may be so (especially when dealing with large student cluster flats of six or more bedrooms). But primarily, the biggest difference is the amounts of mail received by office tenants.

Typically an office will receive a substantially larger amount of mail than say private residences or student flats. Generally speaking, a business or organisation will produce more paperwork which is either of a legal nature or that needs to be actioned by the recipient.

 

More mail, bigger needs

As such, the more paperwork generated by an office, the more mail it could expect to receive. Subsequently an office would need a

Mailboxes for Student Accommodation

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Mailboxes for Student Accommodation

Mailboxes for Student Accommodation

 

With the number of students attending universities in the UK at an all time high, it is small wonder that blocks of student accommodation are springing up in virtually every major town and city. In this article about mailboxes for student accommodation, we look at the criteria which need to be addressed by both client and contractor.

 

Internal Letter Boxes

Due to the size and nature of typical student accommodation developments, internal letter boxes in large entrance lobby areas tend to be the norm. There are a number of reasons for this.

Firstly is that of size, or rather quantity. Imagine a city centre block of 100 student cluster flats. Having a bank of 100 external mailboxes would be problematic. Available space? Not just for the post boxes themselves, but what about resident students all in an external area which could be a public right of way?

Secondly, external units nowadays tend to be Secured By Design compliant. This usually means a large capacity mailbox has to be specified. Meaning a bank of mailboxes is going to be at least double the size originally intended.

Which is why most mailboxes for student accommodation developments are located in the internal lobby area. It also creates a focal point for the lobby area. A meeting place for the student community.

 

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Student life can be stressful.

Cluster flats, shared post boxes

It is commonplace for students to share a cluster flat. Usually an apartment with a trendy open plan kitchen diner and lounge area, shared bathroom and washing facility and 3 to 6 bedrooms with internet access. So, if students can live together it stands to reason that a shared post box makes sense. A building with 600 students would in theory only need between 100 and 200 post boxes.

There would naturally be the requirement for additional post box keys. Generally ordered at the same time as the post boxes, these can also be supplied retrospectively by your supplier. If not, contact us at Post Boxes UK – we have ways and means. 🙂

 

Delivery to site

Wow! It never fails to amaze us how often mailboxes for student accommodation are either forgotten about or ordered right at the last minute. Clients who want 200 bespoke sized units in a non-stock finish for delivery by the end of next week.

OK that’s stretching the truth somewhat, but clients demanded it and we listened. As a result, Post Boxes UK offers an Express Delivery Service. We can supply banks of mailboxes to any RAL finish within 2 weeks. Even bespoke dimensions, it really is no problem – just a case of punching a couple of different numbers into a machine, and away you go.

With most mailboxes for student accommodation being delivered during the months of June and July, it is now when architects, contractors and developers need to give consideration to the types of postal box systems specified.

 

Mailboxes for Student Accommodation – Call an authority

Should you have a requirement for a mailbox system for your student accommodation project, contact the experts at Post Boxes UK on 0121 288 0838 and speak to one of our technical sales team. They will talk you through the options available and put forward a solution tailored to your specific budget and design criteria.

Lockable mailboxes built to last

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Lockable mailboxes – Built to last.

Lockable mailboxes – Built to last.

 

Following on from our last article

The Beauty of Smaller Manufacturers Commercial Postbox Solutions

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The Beauty of Smaller Manufacturers – Commercial Postbox Solutions

The Beauty of Smaller Manufacturers – Commercial Postbox Soutions

 

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