Fence contractors today are faced with many changes that make running a
profitable business even more challenging. These challenges include under-bids
by unlicensed contractors who use inferior products, a sluggish economy, and low
bids by undocumented workers that aren’t burdened by having to pay taxes,
license fees, or insurance. A fence contractor needs to remain vigilant for new
ways to profit by adding new products and services to replace what may be lost.
Unfortunately, when it comes to access control devices like intercom systems,
many fence contractors choose to pass this business on to security system
installers when a customer asks for some sort of access control. Given the
simplicity of installing some of these devices, there’s really no reason for you
not to profit from this type of equipment.
One of the most challenging aspects of installing an access control device is
running the cable between a gate and the inside points of control. Fortunately
this problem is eliminated by using wireless devices. Not only does wireless
make installation easier for you, it also gives the client mobility so they
don’t have to be confined to one location to answer calls from visitors. In
fact, in some cases they don’t even need to be home or in their business as
you’re about to see.
There are wireless entry intercoms available that currently use three
different wireless technologies: two-way radio frequencies, digital spread
spectrum frequencies, and new devices that use the cell-phone network.
Cell Phone Network Intercoms
A cell phone
network intercom uses the same cell phone network as a mobile phone so no
wiring is required. Just add cell phone service to the intercom, apply power, program
some settings using text messaging, and you’re ready to go!
standard telephone entry units, a cellular intercom can call any landline or
cell phone no matter where in the world it is...not just a phone inside the
building. That gives your client unlimited mobility to ensure they never a visitor. Even
while they are away they have the ability to activate a gate opener or electric
door lock by pressing a key on their telephone keypad while talking to a
visitor.Or they can send a text message
to the door or gate anytime to unlock or open it.In the event of a party or other situation
where they want their entry to remain open, they can send a text message to
latch it in the open position. When they want the gate closed again, another
message is sent to close it.
of cell phone network intercoms is that clients can program visitor’s cell
phone numbers into the system. Then visitors just have to dial the phone number
of the intercom and the gate opens based on their phone’s Calling Line ID. Now
any cell phone can become a remote gate or door opener.
Cell Phone Network Intercom Feature
- Tough yet attractive vandal resistant entry units.
- No range limits (just requires cell phone service at the mounting point)
- Calls both mobile phones and land lines
- Rings up to 3 telephone numbers in sequence when the call button is pressed
- Available in keypad and non-keypad versions
- Gate/door release relay built in, simply key press to open
- Compatible with any door or gate opener that needs a switch closure to operate
- Send SMS text message to the intercom to trigger, latch or unlatch the relay
control for up to 100 numbers using caller ID, at no call cost (ring intercom
to open gate or door)
a limit switch (a burglar alarm-type switch), users can send SMS to the
intercom to check if their gate or door is opened or closed
access mode – any non-stored number can call the intercom and press * to open
when using a password.
programmable through text messaging
be powered from a gate operator supply or solar power.
Digital Spread Spectrum Intercoms
Like cell phone
network intercoms, a full-duplex digital spread spectrum intercom, also called
a simultaneous talk and receive intercom, provides clear two-way audio
communication with the ability to simultaneously talk and listen, just like a
telephone conversation…but it doesn’t require telephone service. However, unlike
cell phone network intercoms, there are range limitations. These digital
intercoms can communicate at up to 4000 feet in line-of-sight in ideal
With these intercoms,
you place base station intercoms around your client’s home or business wherever
they want to receive calls from visitors. These systems provide very
high-quality audio without any per usage charges like cell phone network
intercoms, but their cost is also higher and you lose the mobility cell phone
intercoms give you. Regardless, these are excellent systems for more affluent
people who don’t want to tear up their property with trenching and running
speakerphone capability has background noise immunity so when noisy trucks or
other vehicles pull up to it, clear voice communication can still take place.
wireless intercom has dual built-in switch relays that can be used for remotely
controlling gates or other devices from the inside intercom. There is also an
input for a Request-to-Exit button or vehicle loop detector that can open the
gate when activated. Another input can be used for "auto calling" the
inside station when a vehicle loop detector or motion detector detects someone
arriving at the intercom.
“Call” switch connections on the Outside
unit are used to connect a motion or photo beam sensor. When the sensor is
tripped, the unit automatically goes into transmit mode. A ringing tone sounds
on the Indoor unit(s) (and Outdoor) and then whichever indoor unit answers the
call, the call will become private between those indoor and outdoor units.
“Exit” switch connections are used like the
Call switch, but the sensors are placed on the exit
side of a door or gate. When the sensor is tripped, the Inside unit will be
There are two relays or switches inside the
Outdoor unit that can be used to activate a gate or door opener, turn on a
light, ring a bell, or whatever you want. These are commonly used to activate gate
controllers. If you have multiple Outdoor units, only the relays on the unit
calling in are activated.
Digital Spread Spectrum Intercom Feature
speakerphone with background noise immunity
“Strike” Relays for controlling two independent access points
“ (RTE) switch support
input port for “auto calling” inside unit after detecting a vehicle or person
outdoor and indoor units can be utilized together.
outdoor unit can be assigned a unique “access point ID”
stainless steel outdoor enclosure with illuminated “Call” button
units: plastic housed desktop or heavy-duty stainless steel wall mount
Panel Ready: designed to easily utilize solar panels for power in remote
Range audio communication: up to 4000 feet (direct line-of-site)
radio communication with excellent interference immunity against cell phones,
pagers and handsets.
selectable radio channels for cross-talk immunity between adjacent facilities
communication link – proprietary encryption
“dashboard-like” interface that visually guides installer
lightning protection on ALL terminals - immune to 20K Volts, 10K Amp surges
base stations can be used. The base station that responds first to a callbox
takes over communication
Two-Way Radio Intercoms
The third type
of wireless intercom system uses two-way radio frequencies, which makes it the easiest of all the systems to install
and least likely to have installation problems.
Like a two way
radio, these systems are push-to-talk, which means only one side can talk at a
time. The benefit is that their range can be measured in miles under ideal
conditions. While your client may not need that kind of range, having this
distance ability means they are far less susceptible to obstructions that could
cause interference with communication. The
benefit to you as an installer is that this makes installation worry free since
there are very few instances that this system won’t work for your client.
They are extremely simple to install and set up with very few technical issues
of two-way radio technology is that handheld radios can be used to provide the
client with the ability to move around their property and still take calls from
the door or gate, and even unlock them remotely. If there are multiple points
of entry, you can cost effectively place these units at multiple entries and
the client can even identify which entry is calling them (for up to 5 entries).
Two-Way Radio Intercom Feature
push-to-talk operation, two-way voice communication to remote radio or base
transmitter enables intercom to transmit several miles or overcome obstructions
for fewer installation hassles that low-power units give you.
and sets up in minutes
9-12 volt DC or solar power
menu-driven LCD display feature changes
and weather resistant enclosure with stainless steel face plate
surveillance feature decodes a 2-Tone signal which activates the transmitter
for 15 seconds so you can listen to area around the intercom
can be used to activate a gate controller, switch on a light, sound an alarm or
any other application where remote control of an ON/OFF switch is required
activation of relay
modes of relay operation, Momentary and Toggle
closure timing: 1 to 255 seconds
rotating volume control adjustment
can be set for one of five channels
expandable to an unlimited number of stations. Add additional intercoms to your
system as needs change
and antenna mounting bracket included
mounts using standard 5/16” lag bolts or regular bolts
hole mounting pattern on back (gooseneck pole not provided)
tone sent on call initiation
power adjustable between 1 and 2 watts
CTCSS interference eliminator codes (Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System)
setting adjusts the threshold at which signals will open (un-mute) the speaker
automatic turn-off feature to conserve solar panel battery life (callbox cannot
receive calls in Automatic Turnoff Mode unless someone presses its button
used with transformer or high-wattage solar power, the call box can be set so it
always receive calls
battery alert tone is transmitted if solar power battery voltage drops below an
FCC license required for operation
Stop Giving Away Profits
If you’re not installing intercom systems now, why not add them to your
product portfolio instead of giving away potential profits to someone else? If
you are selling them, why not add some new products to your portfolio so you are
better able to serve your varied client needs?
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