This post comes to us from Lisa Montgomery, Senior Editor at Electronic House and freelance home technology writer.According to research company IHS
, intercoms have been gaining in popularity once again. Well, sort of. Actually, it’s the video intercom, or video door-phone as they are sometimes called, that’s generating a lot of buzz recently. It’s a technology that’s predicted to be worth an estimated $2.3 billion in 2014, an increase of $100 million from 2013.It’s a hot commodity, and for good reason. Intercom is a great way to monitor what’s happening in and around your household. You’ll not only hear the baby cooing in the nursery, you’ll also be able to admire her from a touch screen mounted in the kitchen or sitting on the countertop while making dinner. Then, of course, there are the security benefits. By tying in stand-alone surveillance cameras, you can see who’s knocking before you open the front door, and in crisp, clear, full-color video on an generous-sized screen—a much better view than an old-fashioned peephole can provide.Also better than a peephole, a video intercom is able to conform nicely to your lifestyle. Thanks to adjustable settings like
Do Not Disturb, Audio-Only and Auto-Answer, all of which can be programmed to engage automatically at certain times of the day and for specific rooms, it’s a technology that’s flexible and versatile to suit many different needs.Clearly, a video intercom is a useful amenity for any household, and manufacturers like Control4 are modernizing it by incorporating sophisticated features like high-definition video and high-quality audio. With multiple touch screens added to various rooms throughout the house, you can form an in-home communications network, quickly notifying family members “in person” that it’s time for dinner or that someone has stopped by for a visit.And with just a tap, the video intercom screen transitions seamlessly into the home’s control dashboard. From the same screen that displays a full-motion, real-time glimpse of the kids, the UPS man and other people and places that need checking up on, you can control the lights, thermostats, A/V equipment and more. It’s home control, visual surveillance, and in-home communications all wrapped up into one slick device. And who said intercoms are old fashioned?
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