Choosing An Intercom To Suit Your Budget And Needs

Mar 13, 2019

One of the benefits of living in the technological age is the huge range of choice you have when it comes to your security. And even better, technologies become ever more available at more affordable prices. But the problem with this can be getting spoiled for choice! When you are building your home or business security system, how do you know which options to choose? Which options are actual necessities for you, and where can you safely compromise?

Let’s have a look at some of the options when it comes to building your intercom system.


What is an Intercom?

Gone are the days when intercom meant just a tinny voice from a tiny speaker in the phone. Intercoms now mean a doorbell that initiates a video feed into your premises to allow you to identify visitors and grant them access as you wish. But beyond this basic description, there are many ways in which this system can be upgraded and expanded, and you need to know what you’re paying for. Let’s look a little closer.



The key feature you need today in your intercom is a video system. While voice-only intercom systems do still exist, the video feature is readily available and affordable, often with a night vision mode too. This means you are always able to visually identify your guests and how many people are in any party.  This is an invaluable layer of security that we wholeheartedly recommend in any intercom system. For example, the Panasonic 7” Essentials Kit gives you all of these features and more for a very reasonable price, and with the benefit of allowing for a variety of expansions and upgrades.

As systems become more sophisticated, you can add almost endless expansion. Household and business intercom systems can be set up to run through a permanently wired system, or to run wirelessly, such as with the Hikvision Home Automation System. You can control access at multiple points, rather than a single entry. They can be accessed and controlled remotely via smartphone, and multiple screens can be added to the system to allow you to view your entry from multiple rooms in the house. Remote controls can also be added so that you can literally hold the intercom system in the palm of your hand as you move around the house. This is offered in the Panasonic Access Control Suite, which also allows you to expand the system with up to 7 monitors. There are also differences in technical specifications that change the pricing of intercom systems, like image resolution, screen quality, and recording capabilities of the system.

Another important consideration for your intercom system is your peace of mind. When selecting your brand, it’s important to choose a brand that is known and established in technology, so you know you have a reliable system working for you. That’s why Castle has partnered with well-recognised names like Panasonic, Hikvision, Aiphone and Fermax. We know these products are reliable and we want you to feel safe knowing that.


So, how do you decide what you need?

The first consideration is going to be: what kind of location do you have? Is it big or small? How many people are you catering for, and are they tech savvy? If you’re choosing an intercom system for your business, will it be accessed only during the day, or at night too? Answering these questions will help you determine whether you need one station or multiple, whether it’s better or more affordable to have a wired vs wireless system, and whether you can productively employ smartphone control with your intercom system. This will also help you decide whether remote controllers are worthwhile, or if your household members can safely use the app. The benefit of this technology is it is so customisable, you can design it to fit you like a glove.


Consulting Castle Security for Your New Intercom System

At Castle Security, we have a wide range of products with a great array of specifications from companies we trust, so we can work with you to design an intercom system that suits exactly your needs and your budget. We have years of experience in providing quality security solutions – we pride ourselves on great customer service and in-depth knowledge of our products. If you’re not sure what you need, we’ll be more than happy to work with you to determine what will work for you. Contact Us Today To Get Started!

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