Main Trends of IP Intercoms – 2018

IP Intercoms have gained immense traction over the past few years mainly owing to the flexibility and security offered to businesses. In 2017, IP-based intercom systems accounted for over 60% share of the global intercom devices market. Due to the diverse functionality of IP door intercoms, they are used in security systems across various commercial, and industrial sectors.

As a global market leader in the field of IP, 2N has looked back on some of the key trends of 2018 from the IP intercom market, while companies continue implementing the latest technology into their daily operations.

1. Increasing connectivity of intercoms

Before IP intercoms were introduced, there were hard-wired retrofit installations in places, in which to change cabling would involve high costs for businesses. As a solution, wireless connectivity was deployed and managed by the end users, but often the systems would encounter jams making them unreliable.

To address the issue of unreliability arising from the lack of managed networks, businesses embraced a technological leap by adopting long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity within their IP intercoms. The integration of LTE technology within intercoms, allowed high data throughput for clear voice communication, full HD video streaming and a faster installation of the intercom itself. This development of the intercom meant it could now be used in places where a classic wireless signal is unavailable, for example, within inaccessible areas where communication devices can only be powered by batteries and solar cells. Therefore, IP intercoms embedded with LTE connectivity are making it active to cover all infrastructure.

The development stemmed from challenges faced in areas such as BST stations, where only electricity is available but no data infrastructure except cellular network. As IP technology allows individual devices to be configured remotely via the cloud, administrators no longer need to travel to businesses to change configurations or manage software, which means lower operating costs for the maintenance companies.

2. Intercoms to provide increased accessibility

There have been many instances where the lack of effective accessibility from connected devices to a central system has posed many challenges in the way a business operates. However, in recent years, the solution to this problem can be summed up with “the cloud”. Smart devices like smartphones and IP intercoms are connected to create optimum ease for the end user, through the cloud. IP intercoms now remain connected to a centralized cloud solution that provides all necessary mechanisms in the background.

For example, security barriers now operate more efficiently based on direct connection to door intercoms, which are synchronized to a central cloud solution. For example, if someone approaches an entrance, receptionists or security guards can immediately see them via video link on a networked device connected to the server. They are no longer required to be physically present in the same building for authorization purposes; yet the security solution would appear to the person entering the building as a locally-based service.

Another example of how video IP intercoms are being used is within the education system. Intercom access units make it easier to record the students’ attendance, by seeing who is entering and exiting the building. This information can also provide reporting to parents by automatically sending them an SMS notification upon their child’s arrival or departure.

Not only is the system applicable to any sector, but once the end user registers their devices to a cloud storage software, they obtain immediate access to monitor or control their door intercom- anytime and anywhere.

3. Integrated IP Intercoms provide greater security

Lack of security from door intercoms has led to serious threats such as identification theft, which can occur when someone gains unauthorized access to personal information.  Also, when considering sectors such as education, it vital that the premise remains as secure as possible for the safety of staff, students and any visitors. Development in this sector has increased effective two-way communication within schools between parents and staff in pursuit of securer establishment.

To mitigate the dangers posed by a lack of security on premise, organizations have begun obtaining initial security at the front door, by combining secured access control and video surveillance into an IP intercom. This provides better chances to catch identification theft since the IP intercom is positioned to view visitors’ faces, unlike classical IP cameras, which are often mounted to the ceiling.

IP intercoms are here to stay!

Today, more and more organizations are integrating access control and video surveillance for more effective communication systems.  The shift by video intercom manufacturers from analog to IP-based systems now enables users to be more flexible in their approach to access control. As the workplace continues to become more disparate and remote, the ability to view visitors via the intercom’s cameras, and communicate with them from any location will increasingly become a requirement. Therefore, as this trend continues to grow and become commonplace, it is expected the demand for IP-based video and audio intercoms will follow.

By: Vít Kovařík, 2N

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