How to give your customers smarter door security
2N networked video intercoms take entry protection to a whole new level with two-way communication, video surveillance, access control and more
Intercoms have come a long way from the simple, standalone buzz-in devices electricians used to install at the door. Now we have network-based intercoms loaded with features for tighter entry control and more perceptive situational awareness. Built on open standards, they’re designed to easily integrate with other facility systems like video surveillance, VoIP communications and access control – which makes them ideal complements to your security solutions portfolio.
Partner with an IP intercom leader
With all the options on the market today, how do you pick the right intercom partner? Here are a few things to look for:
- Award winning technology that delivers outstanding performance
- Top rating for company stability and solvency
- Extensive technical support, documentation and training
- Valued-added services like extended warranties, express repair and immediate replacement
- Project consulting to help optimize your investment
One manufacturer that checks all the boxes is 2N, an Axis company. A global leader in IP intercom technology, 2N is renowned for its innovation and depth of products for customers large and small. 2N's portfolio ranges from basic audio-only products to highly ruggedized emergency call station units and the very latest cellular-based solutions. All video models include high-definition, wide-angle, night vision cameras. One of the most versatile models is the modular 2N® IP Verso which can be customized with one or more modules – ranging from a virtual touch display to Bluetooth, fingerprint reader or any one of a number of RFID readers – depending on customer preference and need. Because all 2N intercoms are based on the same intuitive software system backbone, they’re quite simple to install, program and use.
“2N intercoms balance high-end security features and performance with unparalleled flexibility and interoperability,” said Craig Szmania, Business Development Manager for 2N. “When it comes to delivering the highest level of door security in the industry, 2N definitely leads the way.”
Unlike consumer grade devices, 2N IP intercoms deliver professional level quality and performance:
- Audio quality – 2N IP intercoms incorporate noise suppression and echo cancellation technology to provide clear and echo-free, two-way communication even in active and noisy environments. All 2N® IP Force units comes standard with a 10W speaker, the loudest in the industry.
- Image quality – 2N IP video intercoms incorporate HD-quality cameras embedded with smart technology to compensate for strong backlight, overcast or shadowy conditions. They employ wide dynamic range and night vision for superior image usability – which is crucial for identifying visitors or quickly grasping the severity of emergency situations.
- Flexible entry control – 2N IP intercoms support multiple inputs and outputs for controlling door locks and other peripherals. Their open architecture and adherence to open standards means users can connect their 2N intercoms to other IP systems – VMS, access control, public address and telephony – as well as mobile applications and smartphones for remotely managing their physical security solution when off premises.
Exceptional programmability – 2N IP intercoms give users a wealth of programming options that transform the units into a powerful and comprehensive security solution. For instance, the intercoms can be configured for actions like simple time and day scheduling and infinite call rollover on and off premise. They can also be programmed to trigger alerts and specific responses based on motion and sound detection. As an example, the intercom can automatically email a video clip, trigger a network public address system to broadcast a pre-recorded message, activate flood lights or even direct a network PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) surveillance camera to a specific target area.
Discover intercom solutions that work for customers small and large
The depth and breadth of 2N’s portfolio means security dealers can configure an intercom solution to fit virtually any customer need – from a single door to a multi-tenant building to a multi-property enterprise. Here are a few real-life examples to spark your imagination:
Keep on trucking
A small trucking firm in California was at a crossroads. Gate security at its property was critical. But drivers were getting frustrated by the long wait until somebody came out to verify their credentials. After all, the faster the turnaround, the more deliveries they could make which was money in their pockets. To speed up the process, the company installed two extremely durable, vandal-resistant 2N IP Force intercoms at each of its three gates. The devices were mounted at two different heights to accommodate tall trucks and smaller vehicles. With the simple push of a button, the driver could communicate directly with the security guard in the office. If the guard was patrolling the property, the call would automatically roll over to backup personnel and/or the guard’s smartphone. The wide-angle HD camera in the intercom added another layer of security. Not only could the guard visually verify the driver’s credentials, he could see if another truck was attempting to piggyback behind that truck before triggering the unlocking mechanism through the intercom’s built-in relays.
Tightening campus security
Given the increased frequency of incidents in educational institutions across the nation, one of the largest school districts in North America decided it needed to really step up security at the dozens of campuses under its supervision. With over 50,000 students and countless staff and visitors to protect, the goal was threefold: lock down the main entrances, better screen visitors and provide easy access for employees and preapproved individuals such as regularly scheduled volunteers and delivery people. To tighten access at each school, the district installed 2N® IP Force video intercoms at all main entrances to the buildings so that office personnel could speak with and observe a visitor before deciding to unlock the door. Teachers and staff were given keycards to facilitate quick entry without the need for office personnel to buzz them in each day. The intercoms’ built-in RFID access card readers were integrated with an existing access control system that managed all user credentials throughout the school district.
Personalizing security for multi-tenant residences
Condo security has its own set of challenges. How can you secure the building from trespassers while giving tenants the ability to screen their own visitors? A 2N dealer recently solved this dilemma for two condominium buildings in New York by installing 10 sleekly designed 2N IP Verso video intercoms at the outer doors and 2N Indoor Compact video intercoms in each of the 150 residential units. The IP Verso intercoms were a cost-effective and easy-to-install solution needing only a single PoE cable to operate. The tenants appreciated the extra security of being able to see as well as talk with the person who was ringing their bell before deciding whether to buzz them in. Additional features such as displaying missed calls and even the ability to switch to silent mode when they didn’t want to be disturbed made the answering unit an even more attractive addition to their home. Tenants could also opt to install a mobile video answering app on their smartphones to interact with visitor calls remotely.
Whether your customer simply wants to screen visitors or manage access credentials for an entire corporation, 2N products give you the flexibility to help them achieve their goals.
Get great service and support
When you partner with 2N, access to great IP intercoms is just part of the relationship. 2N prides itself in exceptional service and support. In addition to online training and an extensive media library, the 2N technical support team is always available to assist security dealers with product selection, system design and optimal installation. Equally important, 2N supports its products post-sale with timely updates and cybersecurity protection.
For more information on how you can integrate 2N’s portfolio of innovative IP intercoms and accessories into your customers’ security solutions, log onto 2nusa.com.