May 2011

Contruction Elevator Wireless Intercom System

Wireless Call Box

Wireless Call Box

When a tall building is being built, a construction elevator intercom system is often needed so workers on individual floors can call the car operator to request a ride on the construction elevator. The environment these intercoms have to operate in is often harsh and power is not always available. A wired intercom system is usually not an option due to the complexities of running the cable. So the desire is for a wireless system, but with all the concrete and steel in the building, not just any wireless system will work.

A wireless call box is the device that our clients implement for construction elevators. The call box can communicate with other call boxes,  base station intercoms, or hand-held two way radios. These callboxes are placed on the individual floors and usually the lift operator has either a base station wireless intercom or a handheld radio depending on whether AC power is available in the car. Alternatively, another callbox can be used in the elevator, but it will need to be AC powered since it must remain on all the time so the floors can contact the lift operator. The callboxes on the floors can be battery powered since they can turn off after each use.

Base Station Wireless Intercom

Base Station Wireless Intercom

These callboxes are built for outdoor use so they are tough enough to survive in a construction environment. They are available in both UHF or VHF frequencies so they can be used with existing business band radios. The VHF model also has five unlicensed frequencies named MURS, which is short for Multi-Use Radio System. MURS does not require an FCC license to operate.

There are also heavy duty wireless base station and hand-held devices that are available in both UHF, VHF, and MURS. All these devices are available at www.IntercomsOnline.com.

 

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Google Android@Home

Google recently announced a future platform called Android@Home that will enable you to interact with practically any electronic device you own using the Google search engine. Soon you will be able to control devices like home media equipment, dishwashers, cars, and lights using the new platform.

While some of these types of devices are available using proprietary technology, the main obstacle of connecting devices from multiple manufacturers has been finding a single, open standard to control everything. With a standard platform that obstacle is removed.

When the platform is released and devices are created, you will likely be able to integrate devices like the MURS Alert Base Kit Intercom to your other devices so it can turn on lights or notify you remotely on any alarm activity through long-range wireless devices. The MURS Alert motion detector sends a signal to an internal intercom, which activates a relay attached to an Android@Home device.

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Boat Dock Gas Pump Intercom System

Wireless Call Box

Wireless Call Box

At IntercomsOnline.com we quite frequently get requests from marinas who want to add an intercom system to their boat docks where the boats pull up to gas pumps for fueling.  Of course a wired intercom is usually out of the question due to the complexities of running the wire to the dock, and given the harsh environment, the wires can go bad quickly. This is why we propose a weatherproof wireless call box intercom.

A wireless call box can transmit and receive voice communication over long distances. Range is usually measured in miles, not feet so distance is seldom a limitation.  You can place a fixed base station intercom in the store, or you can have someone carrying a mobile two-way radio, or both, so someone is always available to take calls from the boat dock.

When a boater pulls up to the dock, they press the button on the callbox and they can talk to you and you to them. The instructions are printed right on the callbox so the boater knows what to do. These wireless callboxes are available in non-licensed frequencies so an FCC license is not required to operate them.

A boat dock gas pump intercom system will ensure your customers don’t have to wait around for someone to show up to help them pump gas.

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Boat Dock Intercom System

Wireless Call Box

Wireless Call Box

If you have a house on a lake with a boat dock, then you know there are times when communication is needed between people on the boat dock and people in the house.  Installing an outdoor wireless intercom system solves this problem. The first factor to consider when choosing the right wireless intercom for you is the distance between the house and the dock. If it’s only a few hundred feet, the   UWS WireFree 900MHz Outdoor Wireless Intercom may be all you need. These intercoms have a range of up to 1000 feet and provide simple voice communication. They are not commercial duty so for the longest life it would be best to shelter the outdoor intercom if you can.

If you need a longer range intercom and one that is more durable, then the MURS Basic Commercial Callbox with one of the MURS handheld or base station intercoms can be used. The range with these devices is measured in miles and not feet so you can even use them to communicate with people in a boat, out on the lake.  So not only can they be used to talk to someone in the house, but someone out on a boat. The MURS Basic Commercial Callbox is also built to withstand more severe weather conditions.

A boat dock intercom system lets you stop yelling from the house or using up minutes on your cell phone plan, but still have instant communication without dialing a phone.

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Campground Guest Intercom System

If you own a campground, you know you can’t always be at the office to greet arriving guests. You may not have the staff needed to handle everything that needs to be done so you find yourself handling tasks all over the campground while your guests are waiting for someone to check them in.

Wireless Call Box

Wireless Call Box

The solution to this problem is to have a way for visitors to press a button to contact you no matter where you are on the property. There are a couple of ways to do this. If you have good cell phone coverage over your property and a phone line in your office, then you could install a Door Intercom Controller with Call Forwarding that that enables your guests to press a button on a door intercom, and it dials your cell phone. You could even press a button on your cell phone to unlock the office door to let them in.

If you don’t have good cell phone coverage and are willing to carry a two-way radio, guests can push a button on a wireless call box like the MURS Basic Commercial Callbox which will send a call tone after which you can hear them talk. You can respond back to them to let them know you are on your way. If you need to unlock the office or gate so they can get in, then the MURS Callbox XT Outdoor Intercom with Gate Relay would enable you to do that when used with the right radio. These devices can work at distances of up to a mile or more using external antennas mounted up higher.

With either of these two devices, your campground guest intercom system will provide excellent customer service to your guests.

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