If you’re considering installing an intercom system or an access control system, it is important to understand the difference between the two. Intercom Systems, which provide monitoring of areas via audio and/or video, are more expensive and rely on rules that administrators set. Access control, on the other hand, uses algorithms to control who has access to certain areas.

Door intercom systems typically feature a camera
The key difference between door intercoms with cameras and access control systems is the type of video they offer. Video door intercom systems offer a second layer of physical security and can help prevent unwanted guests from entering your property. They can also be used to communicate with guests remotely, unlock doors, and more.

The type of door intercom you choose should be based on the number of users you want to manage. This number could be the number of employees, residents, apartments, or offices you have. The number of users will affect the number of licenses you need. For example, if you want to allow remote access to your intercom, you may need to purchase separate licenses for each endpoint device. You may also be charged by the number of users, which means you’ll have to purchase licenses in small batches.

Intercom systems tend to be more expensive than access control
Intercom systems require a large investment and a large amount of wiring. Choosing an intercom that uses wires will cost you more, but wired systems typically provide higher security and performance. The type of intercom you choose, how it is installed, and the location where the device will be installed will all determine the total cost. A video intercom, for example, requires wiring to every apartment and will require more hardware than a wireless intercom.

A buzzer-based system costs range between $500 and $1000 per door. More sophisticated systems include video storage and access control for residents. Intercoms usually require at least four hours of installation time, and active management usually takes about fifteen minutes per user. In addition, more sophisticated systems may require monthly support fees.

Access control rely on administrator-defined rules
There are a number of ways to control access at a facility. For example, an access control system can track when a door is opened and closed. In addition, it can also keep track of who opens and closes a door. Because of the flexibility of access control systems, they can be tailored to meet the unique needs of any business.

Alarm monitoring
While both intercom and access control alarm monitoring provides security benefits, there are some differences between them. An intercom system can control access to certain parts of a building and can act as a backup to an access control system in case of an emergency. An access control system can monitor alarms, environmental conditions, and duress buttons, and it typically contains a graphical user interface that shows the building’s floor plan. All activity is displayed on one screen, and automatic actions can be programmed.

A key difference between an access control system and an intercom system is flexibility. While access control systems offer more flexibility in how they manage access, intercom systems can be a better fit for some commercial applications. For instance, intercoms are a great way to control the flow of visitors. They also make it easier for delivery personnel to enter a building. Rather than being stuck at the front door, they can simply call out and be let in. This way, they do not have to wait for the staff or tenants to open the door for them.

Modern door intercoms offer a digital touchscreen interface with the same features as a smartphone. In addition to offering an intuitive user interface, these systems also feature a digital phonebook of building contacts. A digital keypad can be programmed to call a specific apartment or office, which is ideal for multi-resident buildings.

How We Can Help
Evaluating all of the factors involved and deciding whether you need an Intercom System and/or an Access Control system may be a complex undertaking. Let Academy Intercom assist, we’re experts in coming up with working with customers hand-in-hand to decide on the best solution for your particular application. We’ll help guide you through the entire process of selecting the right hardware, installation and support – we stand by your side and will be there throughout the life of your system. Contact Academy Intercom. Please contact us @ 1 (212) 539-1000 by phone or click here to contact us via our sales form. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and look forwarding to working with you.

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