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ABUS Wins 2014 German Design Award for its ULTIVEST Wireless Alarm System

The new ULTIVEST wireless alarm system is designed for those who want to protect their homes and are not prepared to make concessions when it comes to quality, function, operation and design. This is borne out by it having been honoured in the “Special Mention” category of the German Design Awards 2014. The jury thus acknowledged a product whose design features a number of particularly elegant solutions. After winning the renowned Plus X Awards 2013 in five categories (Innovation, High Quality, Design, Convenience and Functionality) as well as “Best Product of the Year’, the German Design Award 2014 is the third prestigious award from experts for the new premium wireless alarm system.

“Security systems can only be genuinely effective if they are willingly and frequently used,” explains Benjamin Pflaum, CEO of ABUS Security-Center. “That’s why we develop and manufacture electronic security products which can be integrated into daily routines as simply as possible.” He believes the ULTIVEST wireless alarm system is an excellent example of the success of these efforts. Developed by all four ABUS subsidiaries in Germany, the ULTIVEST system brings together security expertise in a wider range of functions than ever before, and offers these functions with an operating concept which is revolutionary in its simplicity.

Active break-in protection meets building automation

The ULTIVEST wireless alarm system can include up to 102 wireless zones with a wide variety of detectors. Up to six IP cameras can also be integrated. The ULTIVEST wireless alarm system is part of the ABUS strategy of merging systems which used to be separate – access control, mechatronic protection, IP-based video surveillance, alarms, fire safety and KNX-based building automation – into an integrated security solution.

Reduction of false alarms with bidirectional wireless technology

The ULTIVEST system features many technical innovations. The alarm control panel and components continuously exchange data packages via bidirectional wireless, and respond to changes in status within a fraction of a second. Using the ULTIVEST Control Key, an electronic double knob cylinder with keyless function, access control and arming/disarming of the alarm system can be combined on a highly individual basis with measures to prevent false alarms.

Even an attempted break-in generates an alarm

ABUS has successfully closed the gap between mechanical and electronic security. The ULTIVEST preventive detectors – mechatronic auxiliary door and window locks – generate an alarm when an attempt is made to force open a window or a door and resist the intruder with a force of more than 1 tonne. This active protection system makes burglary almost impossible.

An alarm system that opens doors

Security and comfort at home can now be intelligently combined and flexibly adapted to the individual habits of the user. ULTIVEST enables the building to respond flexibly to events. In conjunction with the building automation system, ULTIVEST can raise the shutters, open escape routes or grant access to the emergency services in the event of a fire alarm.

Intuitive operation – with an app, of course

In addition to its wide array of functions, the new wireless alarm system is also characterized by its intuitive operation. The ULTIVEST alarm control panel features a 4.3-inch colour display, providing a clearly presented overview of all information and status messages. The capacitive buttons are lit up as the situation requires, making selection easier. A lamp on the status bar lights up in different colours to indicate the system status at a glance. As well as this, the system assists the user with voice messages. As well as conventional operation via codeinput, remote control and proximity chip key, the alarm control panel also features an integrated fingerprint reader for unambiguous user identification. In this way up to 50 users can be clearly identified, each with individual rights and schedules. The ULTIVEST system can be operated from anywhere via the Internet and mobile smart phone and tablet apps. The electronic double knob cylinder even makes it possible to unlock the front door by remote control using an app.

Easy configuration and maintenance

Setting up and configuring an alarm system has never been easier. Everything functions centrally via a web server. Software updates or new features can be installed with a click of the mouse. In addition, all detectors can be assigned by barcode before installation. This means the installer on site can concentrate on what is most important: personal contact with the customer. Once the wireless alarm system is in operation, remote maintenance means that on-site visits are kept to a minimum.

The ULTIVEST programme

In keeping with the concept of exclusivity in planning, designing and protecting, ABUS has initiated the ULTIVEST programme to recruit selected installers to the exclusive circle of ULTIVEST system partners. These partners are characterized by aspects such as recognised industry certifications and long expertise in professional security engineering, as well as qualified staff. Once they are part of the ULTIVEST programme, system partners benefit from an exclusive product – the ULTIVEST range. ABUS also ensures quality user demand for ULTIVEST system partners by means of a generous advertising budget for measures such as magazine adverts, online marketing and sustained media campaigns.

About the German Design Award

The German Design Award is the premium international prize of the German Design Council. Established in 1953 by the German parliament, the council comprises around 200 experts from business, science and academia, who nominate products each year in ten different competitive categories. The awards are presented to high-quality products and projects from the fields of product and communication design, as well as to renowned figures and young designers, all of whom are pioneering in their own way on the national and international design scene.

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