Our Product of the Week this week is the AES Wireless Video Door Intercom System. It is fair to say that door entry systems in general have come on a great deal in recent years, particularly as wireless functionality has improved, meaning that systems are now easier to install and operate.
Many of us may be familiar with the basic concept of a door intercom system, which in very simplistic terms is an upgrade on the door bell! A visitor to your home or office premises presses the call button, which rings a receiving handset in the building, answered in much the same way as a telephone, and then a short conversation takes place identifying the caller, before entry is permitted by pressing another button to release the strike on the door. Up until fairly recently such systems required the running of cable from the door to the handset and whilst some had a video function, they did perhaps leave something to be desired in terms of quality, ease of use and ease of installation.
British manufacturer AES has risen to the challenge however and produced a superb Wireless Video Door Intercom system that combines audio and video together very neatly and adds a whole host of extra features in too.
See who is at the door without getting up from the sofa!
Starting from the outside, the call point box itself is an attractive set up, with backlit call button and additional LED lighting along the sides of the box providing useful location illumination at night. The camera, housed within the front panel also has infra red LED surrounding it, meaning that you can still view your visitor at night without needing an additional external light. The call point box is made from strong and sturdy Grade 316 Stainless Steel, as such it will withstand the contrasts of summer and winter climates no problem at all. If you wish to allow keycode entry to the premises, perhaps for residents or staff, this system is also available with a keypad on the call point, again backlit, so giving even greater flexibility of use.
The radio transmitter box comes with fixings for straightforward installation and in terms of appearance is neat, tidy and quite slimline. As you'd expect the power supply and 5m of cable are also supplied for you, all of which helps make installation straightforward right out of the box!
Where you uncover the best of the features from the user perspective is at the receiving end. The system is supplied with a video handset packed full of clever touches, which make this intercom feel almost more like a personal assistant than an access control system. The handset boasts a 3.5inch LCD screen, which during the day shows the colour images from the camera, with night time images coming up as black and white thanks to the infra red capability. Beneath the screen, there's a range of buttons allowing you to unlock the door, adjust the volume, access the menu options and also trigger the camera to view outside when the call button hasn't been pressed.
On the top of the handset there is a flashing strobe, activated by someone pressing the call button outside, and furthermore the receiver unit will also vibrate, so in addition to the audible alert, this system caters to those who have visual or hearing impairment. A set of headphones can also be plugged into the unit allowing for privacy on the conversation or reduction of in room background noise for those with hearing difficulties. Should a visitor press the call button and receive no answer, they can leave a message! This video clip will be recorded and stored on the handset and when you return to the premises, an on screen notification will alert you and give you the option to playback the message. Clever stuff indeed!
This intercom system will also support a further three audio only handsets, useful if you're setting up this system where having a secondary answer point is required (lunch time cover for reception for example) but the video element isn't required. The audio only handsets also feature flashlight and vibrate alerts in common with the main video handset. All handsets are supplied with a base unit and power supply, and can be located up to 200m away from the transmitter unit.
All in all, this exceptionally well and British made Wireless Video Door Intercom System is a a superb kit, ideal for a range of domestic and commercial uses. To see the system in more detail head on over to the product page on the link below where you can also watch two videos we've put together giving you more insight on the system and see it in action too.