There’s no doubt that installing an intercom system in your business or home is a security decision, but with the wide range of options available, how do you choose which one is right for you? Every home and business has different needs from their intercom systems. What works for you might not work for the place next door. When deciding on which intercom system to use, there are a few important things that you need to consider.
Wireless vs. Wired
The first thing you have to decide is whether you need a wired or a wireless intercom system. In general, if you prefer ease of installation and cost-effectiveness, a wireless system might be for you. If you prefer security and reliability above all else, then a wired system will be the best choice.
While the Wireless is certainly simple to install, they also have some faults. Because they are Wireless, they have a limited range, which can also be hindered by obstacles like walls and machinery. If you have a large property or are looking to install an intercom system on the front gate, a wireless system might not suit your needs. They also tend to be less secure. Since they communicate using radio signals like a two-way radio, radio interference is a possibility. Other radio transmitters in the area could potentially pick up your intercom’s signal by accident (or on purpose).
Wired Intercom Systems, by definition, require wires to connect each intercom station. If you don’t like the sight of wires along your walls and ceilings, then you might even break open the drywall to run the wires behind the wall. The best time to install a wired system is during construction of a property. Otherwise, it could be a painful and expensive hassle.
Wired intercom systems are much more reliable and secure compared to wireless systems. Because the intercom are physically connected, distance between station isn’t an issue. They’re also harder for criminals to break into, since everything operates on a closed circuit.
Video vs. Audio-Only
Video intercom systems are quickly gaining popularity due to their superiority when it comes to security. It can be hard to tell who the person on the other end of the line is based on voice alone. If you can see their face on a monitor, it leaves no doubt.
Naturally, choosing a video intercom system over an audio-only system is going to be more expensive, but if you’re going to be using your intercom to validate visitors remotely, a video-enabled system is hard to beat. If you’re only going to be using your intercom system for communication around the workplace, then an audio-only system might be sufficient and save you some money.
Intercom systems offer exceptional access control over your property. You can verify the identity of visitors before you open the door. Some intercom systems can even lock and unlock doors remotely with the push of a button.
You also can add a GSM Audio intercom to your Gate entry systems, this technology uses a mobile phone to transmit the call made at the external call station to the answer phone inside your home. You can program a telephone number into the intercom system so the person approaching the gate or door can simply call the number associated with the sim card to gain access to the property.
Many intercom systems offer remote access right from your smartphone or tablet. You’ll be able to hear and see (if you choose a video intercom system) what’s going on in your home or business from anywhere in the world. If you have a gate-entry system, you can even open doors, gates and garages from your mobile device.
Last but not least, both wired and wireless systems offer remote access options.