The homes of the disabled present unique challenges when it comes to security!

The sheer volume of care providers, staffing and other visitors rivals any college campus environment. Whether the need is to restrict access to authorised personnel-only areas or protect personal and private patient information or keep hygiene standards to the maximum level, security within the confines of a health care-related setting, in this case the home of a disabled person is multi-faceted. It requires knowledge of current and future physical and logical access needs, coupled with an understanding of the standards and regulations facing today’s disabled people.

Ross Campbell of Kristil Technologies was contacted by an architect designing a home for a disabled person as he had been through several agencies who offered to provide technical assistance for the client, Dean, but who fell by the wayside once details of the job became apparent. They were all found wanting and couldn’t provide the services they promised. “We were able to, and achieved all benchmarks required by Dean, his family and their Architect” said Ross Campbell of Kristil Technologies.

“We, Kristil, felt that our technology would be able to provide the functionality Dean required without us needing to make too many changes to what we were already providing for our high end Home Automation clients, and we knew that keyless entry was an essential element of the solution.

Dean and his family were looking for us to provide as much independence and freedom for Dean as possible. Dean also has a love of watching DVDs both in the family area and in his own bedroom. Using Microsoft and Media centre with our special software we were able to give him all that he wanted and more”, said Ross Campbell.

The challenge for Kristil was to adapt their known functionality for physically able people to Dean’s requirements, who is wheelchair bound.

Kristil has had a long term relationship with Axeze, (Australian developer of
Access Control products), integrating both technologies to offer clients keyless access and at the same time arming or disarming the security system, turning on appropriate lights, music systems and the like.

Dean presented a challenge for both Kristil and Axeze as he would not be able to physically present a proximity card to the Axeze card reader to open the door. Dave Elder of Axeze and Ross Campbell of Kristil worked collabratively on several possibilities to resolve this challenge and finally decided on an innovative large antenna, which would be installed under the concrete floor in front of each door way. This meant that when Dean approached any doorway his chair would activate the antenna in turn the card reader which would send a signal to open the door though it’s electric actuator.

The further challenge was to ensure the house was secure and that if an intruder was to approach the door, or its antenna, that they would not gain access. This left the two intrepid engineers researching to find a method of allowing Dean’s carers and family easy access to his home, whilst maintaining a secure environment for Dean.

The solution in this case was quite simple for Axeze who offered a second and parallel method using their normal keyless system. This allowed carers and family their own independent access without needing Dean to activate the automatic doors. Dean’s mother is able to monitor who has attended Dean and pay their wages from the Report processed by the Axeze product.

Dean’s home is situated 30 minutes south of Perth in a quiet semi rural setting and within a cul de sac. His home has a large natural garden with pathways winding throughout this peaceful setting, which he is able to freely access with the independence provided by automatic door opening.

“The result of what we have been able to achieve is greater freedom for Dean to access any part of his home or garden without reliance on someone else, which also means that family, carers and friends are not bound up in time consuming tasks such as following Dean around the home to open doors or turn on lights as they automatically turn on and off as he wheels around on his own. An additional benefit of course is the increased savings that come from reduced demand on power, carers and Dean’s support,” said Shelley Elder CEO of Axeze. This is rewarding to all, Kristil, Dean and his supporters and family and Axeze.

Independence for Dean means a lot to him and a lot to his family who now have time to pursue their own interests.

For more information contact Axeze on +61-8-83408200, or Ross Campbell on 0407 886 823 or visit