Intercom systems and how it can help you


An intercom (intercommunication device), talkback or door phone is a stand-alone voice communications system for use within a building or small collection of buildings. It is a two-way communication electronic device that contains circuitry for the purpose of transmitting and receiving audio and/or video transmissions.

The intercom allows a person speaking into the microphone (outside of the building usually), to be heard on a speaker by people in the building.

Intercoms come in a variety of styles. Some are extremely easy to use while others can be very complicated. There are audio intercoms, video intercoms, integratable and multi-tenant intercoms.

Intercom devices are available in various styles and designs. Some of the designs are simple while others are not. Leaving aside the various design features, there are intercom devices specially designed for specific functionalities.

So how can this help you? There are various scenarios that can be mentioned, but an example is an elderly woman alone at home during the day. The bell rings and she doesn’t want to open the door without knowing who it is. In this day and age it is not safe to open the door without knowing what awaits on the other side. With an intercom (with video even better), she will be able to know who is outside without opening the door and can simply refuse entry if she wants to.

Different types of intercom security systems:

Wireless Intercoms
In applications where wires cannot be run, a wireless system is used (less labour, but product is more expensive)

Wired Intercom Systems
A wired system can give you a little more privacy and eliminate possible interference from neighbouring systems (product is less expensive but labour is more)

Video Intercom
Typically includes a unit that has a camera, speaker, a push button going to an entrance door, and an internal monitor unit that can communicate with the entrance unit.

Apartment Intercoms
A visitor presses the correct button for the apartment they want to speak to, and the tenant can speak back and then press a button to unlock the door.

A basic 1-1 audio intercom system, including labour, starts at R1,600 (2018 pricing). This is just a guideline on where pricing starts. The actual quote will differ and depend on your needs, amount of labour etc. Contact us for a free quote or give us a call on 083 747 0645