Fully managed and programmed via the purpose-made smartphone app (but also programmable via text message if you do not have a smartphone), this 'Lite' panel from AES boasts wireless functionality over the GSM mobile network, meaning there's no requirement to run cables to a handset inside the property from the intercom unit fitted at the entrance to the property.
In fact, the only wiring necessary on these units is the supplied antenna and power supply, and then of course to trigger an electric lock fitted on the door, so that you can release the door from your phone rather than having to go to the door to let someone in. But of course, this part can be skipped if you'd rather not have an electric lock on your door and are happy to open it manually if you wish to let a visitor in.
The primary focus of this unit among the others in the AES range is simplicity for home owners and offices. While other systems offered by AES may boast larger capacities for codes, caller ID's, relays, and other aspects of the systems which lend themselves well to larger scale setups like flats and office blocks; the Cellcom Lite focuses on single-residence properties, where a contemporary and reliable intercom system is required, but the wide-scale functionality of larger systems for blocks of flats, office blocks, or other multi-residency properties are not required, which many of the existing options from AES are more geared for.
Built with a 100% marine-grade 316 stainless steel casing in a stunning black powder coated finish, these are made to last even in British weather. With AES being a Northern Ireland based company, they truly understand the real impact of weather in the British Isles and so their intercoms are built with this in mind - finally! Coupled with the blue backlit keypad and call button boasting a very attractive illuminated 'halo' of blue, these systems not only do the job well but really look the part while doing it!
The system can hold 25 keypad codes, which should be more than enough for any home or single office setup, as well as 25 caller ID's in the whitelist, which allows family members or staff to phone the number of the intercom system to release the door, if indeed their own phone number has been programmed into that whitelist.
One of the most desired features of these systems is the ability to program up to three numbers to call when a visitor presses the call button. This can be a fantastic feature for residential properties, but equally for offices where staff may not always be present at reception. You may choose to program your landline number (or reception desk number in an office) as the primary number to call, and if after the programmed cut-off time the call has not been answered, the system will end that call and try the second programmed number. This may be your mobile phone number, or in the case of an office, it could go through to another office phone if the call has not been answered at reception for example. And again then you have a third slot for if the second call is also unsuccessful.
With the continued view of simplicity, these systems have just the one relay output so there's no head-scratching moments for the installer on which relay needs to be used for what; it's just the one on these, which can be triggered while in-call with a visitor to let the visitor in, or equally can be controlled via the app if you want to unlock the door for yourself via the app, or indeed put it into latched mode during times where you don't want the door to be locked at all (assuming you have a suitably rated electric lock installed).
All of this is backed by AES's reliable 2-year guarantee.
What's in the box?
- 1 x 316 Stainless Steel Intercom Panel
- 1 x Power cable & transformer (requires a plugtop)
- 1 x Signal antenna with mounting bracket
- 1 x Installation tool (reversible bit for terminals and security bolts)
- 1 x Quickstart guide
- 1 x SIM card (you may prefer to source your own SIM if you wish)