Czech company 2N, a key worldwide player in the field of research, development and production of physical security and communication, today announced the key trends for 2018. The field of network intercoms, first monitored by the IHS analytics company in 2012, includes a new segment of the security market.
Tomáš Vystavěl, 2N Telecommunication Product Marketing Director explains “Although most intercoms are currently analogue, the market for IP intercoms grows approximately 15% annually and we expect in upcoming years IP devices will cover 50%. This will repeat the recent digital revolution in the area of security cameras.”
According to 2N, the world’s largest producer of IP intercoms, the following seven trends will be notable this year:
1. Doors with HD image and sound
HD cameras, night vision and broadband audio codes became the standard for new installations of doorbells. IP intercoms contain their own powerful processors and enable further enhancement. In the more distant future, we can expect face recognition, voice-based operation and connection to cloud services.
2. Door intercoms with LTE connectivity
LTE connectivity represents another technological leap compared to analogue solutions and is already included in some of this year’s new intercoms. This technology provides both full quality image and sound, even in locations where classic wireless signals cannot be used, such as long distances, thick walls or remote areas with difficult access. Here, communicators can be powered using only batteries and solar units.
3. Emphasis on durability and design
Discerning clients demand sophisticated designs, both in the actual communicator panel and the software user interface. Yet the durability of these intercoms must be ensured at the same time, complying with both the IP69K standard and IK10 certificate. These units stand up to weather, vandalism or even an attack with a baseball bat.
4. Doorbell as a part of an integrated home network
Connecting intercoms to cameras and security systems is becoming standard. This allows switching to views from additional security cameras during communication with a visitor. Indoor intercom answering units are no longer mere headsets with a button – nowadays these include devices with displays that serve as key components of a smart home and, among other functions, enable control of cameras, window blinds, home appliances, heating and air conditioning.
5. Handling delivery services while away from home
Modern intercoms come with a mobile application allowing visitors to reach you even when you are away. If you trust the visitor that appears on camera, you can let them in remotely. Last year, Amazon introduced a system of delivery while away that makes use of a door intercom, saving time and hassle.
6. Mobiles and biometrics in place of key cards
Intercom access modules allow access by chips, cards, mobile phones, smart watches, PIN codes, mobile applications or fingerprints. Chip cards and keychain remote controls will gradually be replaced by Bluetooth technology and biometric readers.
7. Video intercoms in schools will supersede cameras
Regarding security threats, intercoms are increasingly used in schools as a first step prior to camera installations. Intercom access units enable the simple logging of student attendance and serve a range of additional functions. A door communicator automatically sends a message to parents that their child is either entering or leaving school premises. This gives parents perfect insight into their children’s presence at the school. Special modules are also available for users with vision or hearing impairment.