Fitting a gate intercom system can help make your home or business more secure. An intercom provides convenience, fast communication and security to your property. Using an intercom is a convenient way of communicating with an entrance or even multiple entrances from a distance or alternatively, communicate with multiple dwellings from a single entrance. It allows you to provide access to your visitors without physically having to open the door or gate. The key benefits of installing an intercom are:
- You can now answer the gate or door from a distance. With a GSM intercom, you do not even need to be at home to answer the door. No more missing out on that important delivery!
- You can control who enters the building by issuing transmitters, key fobs or using an access code without having a free door policy. This works especially well in multi user properties such as office blocks. It negates the need to have a person at the door and still allows you to control who can enter which ultimately means you are controlling the security of the property.
- An intercom is a way of screening people who want to enter the property, whether this is an office or a home.
In order to choose an intercom to best suit your requirements, there are a number of questions to consider such as:
- 1. Do you want an audio or a video intercom?
- 2. Are you happy fitting wires or do you want to choose a wireless fitted intercom or a GSM intercom which wirelessly connects to an existing landline or mobile phone?
- 3. How many entrances does your property have? i.e do you need an intercom that can have multiple handsets?
- 4. How many separate dwellings does your property have? i.e. how many call buttons do you need?
- 5. What is the distance between the entrance and the handset? i.e. what range do you need your intercom to reach?
- 5. Do you want a fixed handset or hands free handset?
- 6. Do you want a keypad or not? Keypads provide additional security and convenience with the use of a code that can be used to gain entry.
- 7. How important is the security of the intercom station? Stainless steel intercoms tend to provide better security from vandals than other materials so are often highlighted as being vandal resistant
An audio intercom allows communication with an entrance or entrances and usually comes with a handset unless it is a GSM audio intercom which will use an existing mobile phone or landline. A standard audio intercom tends to be cheaper but will require a wire to be run between the box at the entrance and the handset. This may be difficult if the entrance is some distance from the handset but the benefit of a wired system is that the connection is more reliable than wireless. A good entry level, great value option is the CDVI 17DSH which is £57.40.
Video intercoms come in either mono or colour and as with an audio option, can be either for single or multi dwelling properties. A video intercom gives enhanced security through being able to see your visitor. Video intercoms sometimes have the functionality to be record which can provide additional security which can be especially useful in some circumstances such as schools, hospitals. A great value, entry level video intercom is the SRS CVK-21-S Intercom which is £95.00.
Wireless intercoms can be either audio or video and are set up without having to install any wiring to your property which makes installation easier. Wireless intercoms are also more flexible as the units are easy to move at any time.
A GSM intercom is a wireless system that uses mobile phone technology. The visitor presses the button at the gate and a call is then made to a landline phone or a mobile phone (the intercom can be linked to several phones in case it is not possible to answer it). The receiver of the call has the option of pressing a button on their handset to allow access through the gate. A GSM intercom has a number of benefits. It is easy to install due to the wireless technology and it is possibly the most secure type of intercom as visitors are not aware if you are not at the property.