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Home Automation FAQ: Intro to Smart Intercoms

by Ronald Elias

1. What are smart intercoms?

Much like cellphones, TVs, and everything else that has gotten a “smart” moniker these days, smart intercoms refer to intercoms that have added features and functionality to help make your life easier. Most smart intercoms have built-in cameras, can connect to the internet, and also have the ability to work with other smart devices.


2. What features do smart intercoms have?

Live video chat is the biggest feature -- and probably the main reason why you would want to upgrade to a smart intercom. Using video chat, you can easily talk to your family members in other rooms, or answer the door from the upstairs reading room -- the whole world is just a simple buzz away.


3. Ding Dong, You’re Always Home

What else can a smart intercom help you do? What about giving you the ability to answer the door, no matter where you are?

Bingo. With a smart intercom, a delivery person or house sitter can ring the doorbell and connect to you via a video stream on your phone. It’s a whole new level of connected living! 


4. Open Sesame

OK, we’ve gone through a bunch of cool features, but are you ready for the kicker?

With a smart intercom, not only can you video chat with anybody at your front door no matter where you are, but you can also lock or unlock your door, as well! If one of the kids forgot their keys, you can click a button and let them in, easy peasy. No more running from work -- or from vacation -- just to handle simple front door duties.


5. Further Integration 

A smart intercom is one step, but what if you want your smart intercom to integrate with the rest of your house?

It depends on what automation system you are running, but it is possible! If you are wondering about how to integrate a smart intercom with the rest of your system, give us a call and we can help you find the perfect solution just for you.

 

Just when you thought your home couldn’t get any smarter -- smart intercoms are here to help your day-to-day life, provide extra security, and streamline how you work and interact with the rest of your home. And, well, if you still have questions about smart intercoms, that’s OK! Go ahead and give us a call, and we’ll be more than glad to answer them for you.