Room to room intercom systems are intended to make it easier for family members or colleagues to speak with one another in real time.
While cell phones and telephone systems have their uses, intercoms provide an alternative means of communication that is more instantaneous, has fewer complications, and provides more possibilities. In addition to light motion sensors and other smart security devices, you may also get a smart intercom system that connects to smartphones and other internet-enabled devices.
In this article, you’ll learn the basic components of room to room intercom systems and their numerous benefits.
Components Of A Room To Room Intercom System
Modern intercom systems generally consist of two components:
- A base station
- One or more substations
The base station, often known as the “master station,” is the central component of a room-to-room intercom system. It is placed at a property’s entrance.
One or more substations are then linked to the base station. They are located throughout the building, such as inside an office or another room.
Intercom Base Stations
Visitors outside the building can communicate with the people inside using intercom system base stations.
The base station, as the primary component of an intercom system, manages the entire system. It must be properly installed at the property’s entrance, connected to a power source, a door release device, and each intercom substation. The base station can either be hardwired or wirelessly connected to the substations, depending on the connectivity technology of the model you purchased.
Basically, the base station has two functions in a room to room intercom system:
- It is used to notify homeowners or tenants of their guest’s arrival
- Communicate with any substation within the building
When choosing an intercom system, choose one with a base station with a built-in outdoor motion sensor and security camera. These features add an extra layer of security and convenience by alerting tenants of someone’s presence at their property’s entrance and letting them visually authenticate their identity.
Substations of intercom systems allow residents inside the building to connect with guests outside the building. They also enable tenants to grant visitors entry to the house or office by pressing a “door open” button.
Substations were traditionally physical pieces of hardware that featured a speaker and a microphone. You’d need to install them throughout various points of the building and hardwire them straight to the base station.
However, some models of intercom systems have wireless alternatives that eliminate the need for professional hard wiring. In addition, instead of substation hardware, modern intercom systems now rely on the user’s smartphone to function as the intercom substation. Not only does this allow tenants to unlock the door wherever they are, but it also allows them to see who is at the door via a live video call.
Benefits Of Room To Room Intercom System
If you’re debating whether to install a room to room intercom system in your home or workplace, consider the following advantages and how they’ll increase productivity, convenience, and security within your property:
Quickly Contact Anyone You Need
These systems are ideal for sending short messages, such as asking someone to check their email for an important notification, setting up a quick meeting with someone, or showing them something urgent, such as a product defect.
Conveniently Send Out General And Emergency Announcements
Phone systems typically do not permit office-wide announcements. With the click of a button, you can make a broad announcement, direct personnel to a specific space, or simplify emergency messages. A brief statement over a property’s intercom system informs everyone about the problem or emergency and how to respond.
Control Access To Certain Areas
Instead of issuing several key cards to employees, use an intercom system to enable or restrict entry. It’s a straightforward yet incredibly effective security solution. Only a handful of employees have full-time access to certain areas of the office. When someone else needs to enter, they use the intercom to request access. Inside, the personnel presses a button to open the door and grant entry temporarily.
Complement CCTV Camera Systems
Intercom systems integrate well with surveillance systems, allowing for immediate response when someone is in an area where they should not be. Simply question their presence and provide direction, if necessary, over the intercom. Anyone observing the video cameras can tell the staff what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency, such as the need to evacuate or the sighting of an intruder.
Work Alongside Remote Monitoring Or Guards
Remote monitoring and/or on-site security guards are critical security precautions. Intercom systems make these security procedures even more effective by providing a faster way for guards to communicate and receive alerts of any security issues within the premises of the building.
For improved security for your business, consider installing security alarm systems as well. Check out the best security alarm systems for business in this Security Forward article.