Friday - Feb 22, 2019

IP Comes to Video Intercoms


The makers of video intercom systems have started to move more and more increasingly to systems that are IP-based and offer higher and better video quality. Steve Gorski is confident that the public will be receptive to this, as a fully integrated system is able to offer users complete awareness of their surroundings.

He stresses the fact that people don’t just want to have access control regarding who enters their home or apartment building, they want video footage too.

With customer demand soaring, many companies who offer video intercom services are rapidly switching to IP-based systems, allowing viewers to see who is at their home through the cameras installed in the intercom as well as communicate with them, even if they aren’t home. Brad Kamcheff is assured that the IP-system will eliminate any limitations that were present while using the older system.

There are multiple disadvantages that plagued the analog system, including very high installation and maintenance costs, malfunctions and worries about distance.  Gary Baker assures consumers that the analog based system will not become obsolete any time soon, as there are many consumers who are not willing to pay the extra costs that are associated with the new IP-based system.

Gorski uses the example of bank-cameras and cameras found in stores: the quality is so terrible, that catching the criminal is extremely difficult. With better quality comes the option to zoom in on defining characteristics, such as birthmarks, tattoos and license plates, allowing law enforcement officials to catch the criminals with much more ease.

With the better quality, the IP-based system has a much wider view and Gorski assures that there will be no blind spots.

Maybe for the average consumer, these features are too high-tech for a simple video intercom system, but many high security buildings such as banks and airports have already turned to the IP-system in order to heighten their security. In the oncoming years, it is very likely that, as the prices for IP-based video intercoms get lower, they will be more accessible to the general public, eventually phasing out the analog system.

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