An intercom is the system that allows you to communicate with visitors at your gate or door.
An intercom system is usually thought of as part of the electric gate automation system – but in fact it is a separate system in it’s own right
Intercom systems come in several formats – wired or wireless; audio or video & audio, colour video or black & white video.
What type of intercom?
As we mentioned above, the intercom systems come in various formats.
An audio intercom will allow you to speak to and hear the visitor at the gate.
Inside the home you will have a handset (almost like a phone) with a speaker and microphone. Outside the gate there will be a similar microphone and speaker (but they are fixed inside a metal box to prevent vandalism and protect from the rain). Pressing the call button on the intercom at the gate causes the intercom to ring in the house – alerting you that there is a visitor. You simply pick up the handset to talk to them.
A button on the handset allows you to open the gate from the house.
A video intercom is similar to the audio except that it allows you to see who is at the gate as well as talk with them.
The equipment inside the house has a little TV screen built into it, and the equipment at the gate has a camera built in.
The video is only one way -so this means you can see the visitor but they cannot see you.