In this age of “no contact” and “social distancing” here are a few things to consider.
Video intercom system would reduce a lot of unnecessary contact in this age of “no contact” and “social distancing”
As many businesses are trying to reopen and also trying to remain safe for their employees and their customers, a video intercom system would reduce a lot of unnecessary contacts.
Audio and/or Video Intercoms (no internet capabilities)
Traditional intercoms are a good solution for those who just need basic intercom capabilities without many features, or who aren’t as tech-savvy and would prefer not to worry about apps and notifications. They are also suitable for when there is someone at home most of the time, so receiving a mobile notification when someone is at the door is not as necessary. These traditional systems enable 2-way communication from the door/gate to the monitor system if someone is at home.
These intercoms are available in different configurations; audio-only, or a combination audio/video system. The installation and set-up is typically a simpler process as there is no need to connect into a home WiFi network. Video intercoms enable you to see who is at your door before you answer it, so you can choose to ignore those persistent doorknockers if you’re busy!
Some of the more expensive traditional intercom systems can record images when the doorbell is pressed, but this is a feature more commonly found on IP Intercoms.
Good quality traditional intercoms will have reasonable camera quality but be cautious of cheap systems as there can be a lot that goes wrong, and there is often no warranty on these products.
IP Intercoms (internet-connected)
IP Intercoms are connected to the internet and have a whole range of extra features for businesses that traditional intercom systems do not have. In many cases, IP intercoms are not even that much more expensive than good quality traditional intercoms!
The internet capabilities of IP intercoms allow the system to send a notification to your mobile phone when someone rings the bell at your gate or door. You’ll be able to view a real-time video on your mobile phone of whoever pressed the bell so that you can verify their identity before you take any further action. This enables better communication with delivery people as you can speak to them and let them know where to leave your item. No more finding that delivery note under your door saying you now have to find time to go and pick up your package.
With some systems, you can even link your IP intercom camera with your CCTV system to provide an additional viewpoint.
You’re also able to talk to whoever is at the door. This can be a useful tool for both homes and businesses to deter potential thieves who may go door-to-door ringing doorbells in your area to scope out empty buildings to break into. IP intercoms also have the ability to record and store images and footage of anyone who presses the doorbell. Perhaps a neighbor was broken into and the thief had previously tried ringing your doorbell, you now have a high-quality image of the suspect to provide to the police! IP intercom systems typically have higher quality cameras so you get a clearer picture of visitors, whether welcome or unwanted!
Like anything, you get what you pay for. It’s important to get a good quality intercom system to avoid disappointment and frustration in the future. Cheap intercom systems from hardware stores or online auction sites probably won’t last as long as good quality products, and can be harder to get a real person should you need to use a warranty.
1. What exactly is a video entry intercom?
Video door-phone (also known as video door entry or video intercom) is a stand-alone intercom system used to manage calls made at the entrance to a building (residential complex, detached family home, workplace, etc.) with access controlled by audiovisual communication between the inside and outside.
2. What is the difference between a wired intercom system versus wireless?
A wired intercom is an intercom system with wires running between the outdoor speaker panels, master panels, and the indoor units it is connected to. Usually, the cable used is a two-conductor, shielded wire, but could be a computer network type CAT-5 cable depending on the type of intercom system.
3. Are video entry intercom systems compatible with other smart home devices?
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