Boost Home Security With an Intercom System

Home security is a complex and multi-faceted thing. To achieve it, you there are several different areas in which have to protect yourself, ranging from burglary and other similar crimes to fires and natural disasters. Likewise, there are various methods, techniques, and devices that can be used in order to do this. These include practicing common sense safety habits, as well as investing in a quality home alarm system and a number of other devices. This article will look at how you can improve your home security by using intercoms.

When they first came into residential use, intercoms were really only used by very wealthy or famous people, and not commonly found in middle or upper middle class homes. Nowadays, however, intercoms are much more affordable and more widely used by average people who want a top-notch home security system. Their increasing popularity is no doubt at least partially due to the fact that intercoms serve a wide range of purposes and facilitate easy communication, which is an important component of any quality security system.

An intercom is a great monitoring tool. As far as general safety is concerned, intercoms are a great way to check on the people living in your home. If you have a young child, you can set up an intercom in your nursery or playroom so that you can listen in from another part of the house while your child is asleep or playing. If you have to work or take care of household responsibilities, you can do so without having to frequently interrupt what you are doing to go see how your child is doing. And if something bad does happen, you will be alerted right away.

Intercoms are also great for guarding against intruders gaining access to your home. If you have an intercom at the front door, any time someone rings your bell, you can easily identify them and find out what they want before letting them inside. Keep in mind that many crimes like burglary and home invasion do not even include a break-in, but rather occur when a person willingly grants an intruder access to their home. Intercoms help you eliminate uncertainty and make a more informed decision about opening your door to someone you do not know or were not expecting. For optimal home security, you might want to think about getting an intercom for your front door that comes with a camera and view screen, allowing you to identify any visitors by sight in addition to by the sound of their voice.

Most of the intercom systems on the market these days include a single main base station, as well as a handful of satellite stations that can be installed throughout your home in various locations of your choosing. Modern intercom systems, in addition to being more affordable than their predecessors, are also easier to set up and use-many do not even require professional installation. Wireless versions are the most convenient choice for incorporating your intercoms with the rest of your home security system.

Home Video Intercom System

A home video intercom system serves as an extra layer of security and protection for all private residences.

These intercom systems are simple to operate – once a visitor presses a buzzer or doorbell, a picture of that person will appear on a compact LCD monitor (often 4 – 6 inches in size), which is installed inside. This lets a homeowner see who is calling prior to needing to answer or communicate with those at the door. These intercoms often come equipped with two-way audio, so if possible to have a conversation without opening the door.

As well as viewing a visitor via a dedicated monitor attached to the intercom system, it is also an option to view or play back recorded images via a PC, DVR or TV screen. In addition, for viewing later in the day when it is dark, some cameras come installed with infrared LEDs for clear nighttime viewing.

In order to protect the actual camera it often comes housed in a solid outer shell, this aims to protect against the changeable weather conditions, as well as offering some level of vandal protection.

Installing one of these intercom systems is a straightforward project for those with basis DIY skills. Often, the intercom unit is connected via the existing door bell wiring, and for ease in hook-up with the receiver or monitored, these can be wall-mounted or free stand on a counter. The maximum distance between the two different components can range from 90 – 300-feet, so its important to check this prior to purchase.

A home intercom system, with tiltable camera lens provides a simple and quick solution for monitoring a homes entry point, with an ability to communicate prior to answering a door.

Advanced Intercom Systems

Earlier used in large shopping complexes and corporate business houses, intercoms are now becoming an essential part of everyday used specifically to have complete access and control on your residential building or business. Intercoms, an abbreviated form of intercommunicating devices, are systems that are primarily used to connect two distantly located individuals and establish communication system linking two different rooms.

At present, manufacturers are coming out with a wide variety of advanced intercom systems so as to attract customers. Interestingly, many of these systems are equipped with features that one can only imagine. Some of these systems are outlined below:

o Music Intercom Systems – Imagine a situation where all the members in the family can listen to music without the need of gathering at one single point or disturbing their routine activities. This is now possible with music intercom systems. These advanced devices provide you with the convenience of enjoying your favorite tunes, while answering your door and communicating with other members of the family. Interestingly, one need not even compromise with the sound quality as these devices are fitted with high-fidelity speakers that can generate a crisp and clear sound quality. On a whole, these advanced intercom systems can ably perform the role of a full-fledged music system, while ensuring your home security.

o Video Intercom Systems – These are one of most interesting and widely popular advanced intercom systems available in the market today. Often people tend to feel anxious when they have to open door to strangers. This happens particularly in situations when children are present all alone inside the home. A video intercom system helps you establish the identity of the person present on the other side of the door before granting access into the house. In other sense, this system provides you with an additional security blanket.

o Baby Monitoring Systems – These are another interesting variety of intercom systems that are recently gaining popularity. Also known as nanny intercoms, these baby monitoring systems are small walkie-talkie like systems fitted with an LCD monitor. Fitted at one corner of the bed/room, these devices allow you to stay connected with your children and monitor their activities from anywhere in the house. Also, these systems are fitted with certain advanced features such as high-fidelity speaker systems and temperature monitors so as to ensure an effective communication. The same systems can also be used when you need to take care of your elderly parents, in case they need any assistance.

One of the most salient features of advanced intercom systems is these devices can be effectively used as an integrated home security and access control solution, thereby providing a comprehensive and complete surveillance and protection. In fact, it is due to this feature that intercom systems are gaining immense popularity in the recent times. These intercom systems can be easily integrated with your existing infrastructure such as your remote-controlled gates, CCTVs, burglar alarms and movement detectors.

Another feature that is recently being incorporated into intercom systems is video/audio conferencing. In this, multiple intercom stations located in different rooms are connected with one another so that individuals can communicate with each other simultaneously. Also, one no longer has to worry about tangled wires lying everywhere on the floor.

These are compact, flexible and easy-to-use devices that operate using advanced wireless technology. As a result, one can control these advanced intercom systems even from any remote location. Another interesting fact is that advanced intercom systems can be operated both on electricity and batteries. Due to this, people no longer have to compromise on their home/personal security even during power failure. One more fact about these advanced intercom systems is that they are very much cost effective and are available in every budget range.