Video Intercoms as Home Security Systems

For many homeowners, the fear of burglary, theft, and vandalism is a big issue. Whether it’s due to financial or social status or location, if one feels in danger in his or her own home, the psychological effects can be major. Regardless of whether one has been the victim of a burglary or vandalism attack before, the desire to avoid such occurrences happening in the home can often be very strong.

Many homeowners seek solutions to this issue as a means of protecting their property as well as a means of giving themselves peace of mind. The solution that a great deal of homeowners are landing on as of late is the video intercom system. Also known as a door entry system, the video intercom acts as a barrier between the homeowner and a visitor by allowing the homeowner to visually identify a visitor before opening the door.

The main features of a video intercom system are audio and video. The intercom system allows a homeowner to have a conversation with a visitor who is outside a door or gate without granting him or her access onto the property or into the home. The benefits of this type of barrier are obvious. A person arriving at a home with poor intentions will typically state that he or she is someone else or has arrived for a well-meaning reason. The video intercom gives the homeowner a leg up by allowing him or her to visually identify the person who wants to enter. In this scenario, the homeowner stays out of direct danger by not coming face to face with a would-be intruder or attacker.

Video intercom systems are independent units and do not require a telephone to operate. Some video intercom systems are operated wirelessly, allowing for mobility of the system when necessary. This is a convenient solution for those who want to monitor different spaces at different times. However, depending on the level of other wireless devices on the premises, other wireless communications have been known to interfere with wireless intercoms. For those were this might be an issue, hardwired video intercom systems also exist. In these instances the audio and visual materials are delivered to a monitor through the wiring on the camera.

Additional features of video intercoms include remote controls, doorbells, sub phones, and audio-only stations. Remote control features might include the ability to open a door or gate remotely with the push of a button once visual confirmation of identity has been made. This feature is especially convenient for those who often have family members or close associates visiting the home, as it eliminates the need for the homeowner him or herself to grant physical access.

Video intercom systems can be a great enhancement to one’s home security and can give major assurances to the homeowner as far as who is granted access to the property and who is not. By allowing the homeowner visual power without physical contact, the homeowner who uses a video intercom system remains safe and secure at all times.


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