Unlocking Convenience and Security: The Numerous Benefits of Video Intercoms
Camilla Ashdow, 13. 06. 2023 | 3 min read
In today's security-conscious world, homeowners and businesses alike are constantly seeking innovative ways to enhance safety and convenience. One such technology that has gained immense popularity is video door entry systems. Video intercoms have revolutionized the way we control access to our premises, providing a host of benefits that go beyond traditional audio-only systems. In this blog, we will explore the myriad advantages that video intercoms bring to users’ lives, from improved security to enhanced convenience.
What can video intercoms offer projects?
Notably, a camera! But why are cameras important, do you need one in your project, and what can be said about the quality of said cameras?
1. Enhanced security at entrances
Installing a video intercom offers a significant upgrade in security measures compared to audio-only intercom systems. With video capabilities, users can visually verify the identity of individuals seeking entry before granting access. This feature is valuable for practically any project – residential buildings, offices, gated communities, schools… the list goes on. Seeing the person at the entrance helps prevent unauthorized access and potential security breaches.
However, not all video intercom cameras are created equal. If tight security is a particular concern, you need to consider a video intercom with a Full HD camera – and pay attention to the light processing, too. Grainy images with poor lighting won’t enhance security at all. In fact, our experience has shown that a huge 50% of commercial projects require a Full HD camera – so they’re certainly worth thinking about.
Wide-angle intercom cameras are also useful, as they give a large overview of the area they’re installed in and prevent unfortunate but not unheard-of scenarios whereby unauthorised visitors stand close to authorised ones hoping to gain access whilst the door is being opened.
2. Remote possibilities
Another great security feature particularly useful for the residential vertical (and one of the standout benefits of video intercoms) is the ability to manage access to or check up on properties remotely. Modern video door entry systems allow users to answer their doors remotely via a mobile app – whether they’re at home, at work, or even on vacation, they can grant or deny access to visitors without physically being present at the front door.
Users can also use their video intercoms to stream video feeds from their video intercom and check up on their homes’ surroundings wherever they are in the world, giving residents extra peace of mind.
Video intercoms provide a convenient solution for managing visitors efficiently. Instead of physically going to the door or gate to identify the visitor, users can conveniently communicate with them through the video door entry system and provide clear guidance and/or warnings to intruders. Whether it's deliveries, guests, or service providers, users can quickly assess their purpose and decide whether to grant them entry or make alternate arrangements. Also, being able to identify individuals without disclosing your precise location or physically opening the door is particularly useful for vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly or those living alone, who can screen visitors before deciding to answer the door.
The right video intercoms should be seamlessly integrated with other security systems, such as surveillance cameras, alarms, and access control systems. By integrating these technologies, you create a comprehensive security network that enhances overall protection. For instance, you can add a video stream from the intercom camera to your VMS and save money on the usual camera at the entrance.
5. Communication Flexibility
Video intercoms not only allow users to see and hear visitors but can also enable two-way video communication when paired with the correct device. This feature is mostly used by receptionists and enhances the quality of interaction, as they can have real-time video conversations with visitors without leaving the comfort of their desks. It is especially valuable when dealing with delivery personnel, service providers, or unexpected visitors – and adds a much-appreciated ‘personal touch’ to projects.
6. Deterrence and Prevention
The presence of a video door entry system alone acts as a deterrent to potential intruders. Knowing they are being monitored discourages criminal activities and unauthorized access attempts. Furthermore, by visually verifying visitors before granting entry, users can significantly reduce the risk of unwanted incidents and protect their property and its occupants.
Video intercoms are an invaluable tool for bolstering security and convenience in residential and commercial settings. With their ability to provide visual identification, remote access control, integration with other security systems, and enhanced privacy, video intercoms offer an array of benefits that make them a worthy investment. By adopting this advanced technology and prioritising the quality and integration potential, you can safeguard your projects and streamline access management.