Wireless Callbox

When you need to communicate with people who are at an outdoor location and you can’t run wires to that location, an outdoor wireless call box is the solution. Wireless call boxes enable people to place a call for assistance to a two-way radio or other wireless intercom.

New GSM Cell Phone Based Intercom Puts Communication Anywhere

Below is a video describing a wireless gsm intercom  available from IntercomsOnline.com. This Cell Phone intercom uses GSM cell phone technology to make calls to any landline or cell phone. You can place the intercom anywhere you can get cell phone service from AT&T or T-Mobile in the U.S., or Rogers in Canada. Other carriers like Sprint and Verizon use CDMA technology so the unit will not work on those.

With this intercom you don’t have to worry about range limitations of normal systems. As long as you have good service where you want to put it, range is unlimited.

This unit works well for driveway gate communication. When people drive up to the the gate and press the button, it will call pre-programmed telephone numbers so you can be anywhere in the world and still talk to visitors. You can press a key on your telephone’s keypad to activate an electric gate opener.

A keypad version allows people to enter codes to enter without having to press the call button. You can also program people’s cell phone numbers in the system so when they drive up to the gate, they can call the gate intercom and the gate will open based on their calling line ID info.

Programming the unit is done via text messaging so it can be done from anywhere.

An app is available that enables you to open the gate from the app.

To use it, you will need a cell phone plan from one of the wireless carriers mentioned.

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Advantages of a Portable Handheld Wireless Intercom

When relaxing at home, the last thing anybody wants is the disruption of an unexpected ring of the doorbell. This can bring up certain feelings of anxiety and discomfort in some people and is an issue that can promote a chain of antisocial behavior. Eliminating the unexpected worry of an unknown visitor can dramatically improve the quality of life and feeling of safety that one can feel in their own home. It could very well be a friend, but there is always the chance that it is an opportunistic criminal that is simply waiting for access the moment the door has been opened.

Fortunately, in recent years technology has afforded many people the luxury of security systems such as intercoms that give the homeowner the opportunity to screen visitors safely and effectively. However, it has been noted that even this method of aural intercom is not without its flaws. Relying solely on voice confirmation is not always effective when concerning the potential intrusion of strangers, aside from fraudulent claims (for example, asking to use the telephone for an emergency situation) there is also the risk that one may mishear the visitor and allow entry anyway.

This is where video intercom systems step in and fill in the gaps to provide an incredibly secure and comforting piece of technology to protect your home. But what is a portable handheld wireless video intercom? It is a two-part piece of technology that works very simply by transmitting footage captured in real time from the camera on the door, straight to the handheld portable device of the homeowner. This means that wherever you are in the house – in the bedroom, or in the basement doing laundry, you will be able to instantly hear and see who is stood at your door, virtually eliminating the chance of a fraudulent entry.

Many wireless video systems also have useful features such as image snapping – this will create a still image of the live feed, should you need to present evidence to the authorities of a nuisance visitor. So, how valuable is a portable handheld wireless video intercom? The answer to that specific question lies in how much security the average consumer feels that they need within their home. It is not unreasonable to expect that the average user will have multiple different needs for this affordable level of security, from living in a crime-ridden neighborhood, to simply being part of an at-risk and vulnerable group. This system has an advantage for everybody, and at current prices it is not a pipe dream.

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MURS Radio for Citizen VHF Radio

MURSMURS radio stands for an unlicensed two-way radio service known as Multi-Use Radio Service. It is intended for local communications in a short range, and uses spectrum in the range of 151 to 154 MHz. A MURS radio is intended for general use by public for business, private or other purposes. This use can be in the form of voice communication or data communication.

In the US, no license is required for using MURS, given that MURS system operates in accordance with related sections of FCC and CFR. MURS is the only Citizen VHF Band in the US. However, it is required that users should cooperate in the selection of channels and their usage in a manner to minimize or reduce interference to other users. A MURS radio can have a maximum Transmitter Power Output of 2 Watts, without any limits on the gain of the antenna. Antenna of a MURS system, if present above a mounting structure, must not have more than 20 feet height; or if present above ground, must not have more than 60 feet height. The MURS system is not allowed to be connected to a public switched telephone network, and should not be used in an aircraft during flight.

The range of a MURS radio system can vary from a half mile to over ten miles depending on terrain and the congestion of the channel. Typical MURS units currently cost from $50 to $500. There are many variations of MURS systems through which a user can talk to callboxes, handhelds or any other MURS device. MURS radio systems can be used in offices, industries, outdoors, homes, vehicles, camping, golf-courses, emergencies, and for a number of other uses.

Intercomsonline.com, with its main office located in Nashville, Tennessee, is the leading provider of MURS systems for US and Canada. Housing all classes and types of MURS systems, it seems suit every need and every pocket. It also provides a free book named “Two-way radio Success: How to choose wireless communication devices for your business”.

All products listed come with buy-safe guarantee of inspected and monitored products and online orders can be placed 24×7. A phone number as well as a FAX number is provided in case of any query. Also, there is a return policy of a full refund, applicable for 45 days after product delivery, if a buyer is not satisfied with the MURS system purchased.

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Church Door Intercom Systems

The church is often considered to be one of the safest and most welcoming areas of any community. However, in recent times it has become clear that churches are in fact a haven for potential robbers and criminals to steal collection money, or simply terrorize the property. There have been numerous examples of robbers utilizing on many churches open-door policy to gain immediate access and exploit the privilege. In 2006 a gunman held a choir hostage at gunpoint and demanded all of the money and credit cards belonging to all of the church goers that Sunday morning.

In light of these disturbing invasions of trust, many churches are now opting to employ some degree of security that protects their valuable (often priceless) assets, as well as church staff and the faithful church goers. While many churches simply cannot afford the same protection employed by high-profit establishments such as night clubs, nor do they want the church to appear overly protected and closed off to the majority of the public that may feel repelled by the extreme measures.

So a compromise has been drawn whereby the best solution for many is considered to be an intercom system on the door of the church. Church door intercom systems are already a significant limb of the security/intercom industry with many manufacturers catering specifically to the needs of the church and its security. There are various forms of intercom available and various alternating price brackets, but the most cost efficient option is typically the wireless intercom (such as the MURS Multi-Mile Base Wireless Intercom) as these can retail for as little as $50 and offer a strong signal that (if operating on VHF wavelength) will extend throughout the open space of the church allowing the receiver of the intercom to be placed wherever convenient.

Of course, as with any technology product, a customer can expect a higher quality product if they wish to pay a higher premium. Luckily, this principle is applied modestly when opting to purchase wireless intercom technology as the price increases slowly to cater to the various levels of security required from the church itself.

While many would undoubtedly consider it a shame that in this modern world even the church must protect itself against criminals, it is a reality that must be dealt with – and luckily – it is a dilemma that is affordably and conveniently resolvable. Church door intercom systems are not just a good idea – they’re an essential idea.

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ADA Compliance for Intercom Height

IntercomThe Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law in 1990, is a wide-ranging act that attempts in most situations to minimize or eliminate discrimination based on disability. It is, in some ways, an important extension of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibited discrimination based on sex, religion or race.  Affording those with disabilities the same rights makes the bill a rather complex one, as the definition of disability is wide, and encompasses a large range of different physical and mental disabilities.

The bill is split into five parts: employment, public entities, public accommodation, telecommunications, and miscellaneous.  These parts define rules that the government, business community and citizens must conform to, to ensure that those with disabilities of one form or another can live as full a life as possible.  Some example provisions include communication companies must make strides to ensure those with disabilities will also be able to use the majority of their services, or that hotels must allow those with physical disabilities access to the same facilities that others are afforded.

When it comes to intercoms, there is also ADA compliance for intercom height.  This is because an intercom is also a communication device, and therefore is covered under the ADA.   What this means for the average company is that their intercom system must be placed at a height which is accessible to all, including those who are in a wheelchair.

An intercom should therefore not be placed higher than 48 inches above the floor, if it requires access from the front.  If the intercom can be accessed from the side, then this restriction goes up to 50 inches above the floor.

An additional ADA compliance for intercom is that objects such as intercoms should not protrude more than 4 inches into areas which are clearly corridors, walkways, or aisles.  This is a safety issue, and also a matter of accessibility for those in a wide wheelchair.

Therefore the ADA does touch upon the installation of physical intercom systems, and if you are planning on installing a fixed-location intercom system it is required that you follow the above rules.  These rules should be easy to follow, but it pays to know them beforehand and install your system correctly in the first place.  Conforming to the ADA guidelines means you are building a world accessible to all, and should be seen as a basic human thought rather than a nuisance to your business.

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Wireless Intercom for Security Gates

Wireless IntercomWith concern about crime, vandalism, and terrorism continuing to increase, the need for security increases, and the place most businesses and residences start is with installing a perimeter security system such as fence with a gate. When a gate is installed, a wireless intercom becomes an essential part of the system so visitors can still get in.

A wireless intercom at the gate will need to be water resistant, but it should also be vandal resistant as well. It will be exposed to the elements and to people who may want to damage it. Therefore the chosen intercom must be very durable.

If wires cannot be installed in the ground, then a wireless intercom is needed. The range these devices can transmit varies widely, but you can get intercoms that transmit as much as a mile or more.

The other factor is the appearance of the intercom. In some installations a wireless intercom with an industrial appearance is OK. In others, you may need one that is a little less unobtrusive like the one pictured here.

Whichever type of wireless intercom you choose, make sure you get one that can remotely activate the gate if you need that feature.

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Long-Range Wireless Outdoor Intercom

MURS Multi-Mile Long-Range Wireless Outdoor Intercom

MURS Multi-Mile Long-Range Wireless Outdoor Intercom

A new long-range wireless outdoor intercom enables you to communicate at distances that no other wireless intercom is capable of. Most wireless intercoms communicate at a range  of up to 1000 feet. With the Multi-Mile Wireless system you can reach distances measured in miles depending on how it’s used. You can adjust range by changing between the intercom’s one-watt or two-watt setting.  The one-watt setting works for shorter distances or when using battery power.

To achieve maximum range, there is an external antenna that you can mount as high as possible. The higher it’s mounted, the longer range you’ll get. The antenna comes with about three feet of cable, but you can add more to raise the antenna higher.

The long-range wireless intercom also has internal switch that can be used to activate a door or gate controller, switch on a light, sound an alarm, or for any application where remote control of an on/off switch is needed.  A radio that has the ability to send the tones to activate the switch is needed.

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Using a Strobe Light on a Wireless Callbox

When you see a wireless call box in a parking lot there is often a blue strobe light mounted on top. The purpose of the strobe light is to draw attention to the callbox when someone presses the call button on it. Then security personnel or other nearby people can see which wireless callbox called for help.

Hooking up a strobe light to the callbox is a fairly simple process. The strobe light has two pairs (4 wires) of wires coming off of it.  Two of the wires are for power. There is an  AC version that has a standard electrical plug and a DC version has just two wires for positive and negative. The other two wires are for the contact closure. These are the wires that connect to the relay on the callbox.

Then it’s a matter of programming the callbox to trigger the relay as desired.  Most instances using a strobe generally have the callbox set for “relay on when active”.  In this application, the relay is latched as long as the callbox is powered up and working.  The strobe will either stay latched until the unit times out after a period of inactivity, or it can be programmed to be turned off with an “off code” from another radio.

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Pedestal CEO Mounts for Security and Access Control Systems

IntercomsOnline.com is now offering gooseneck and other pedestal mounting poles from Pedestal CEO. Pedestal CEO 42-9C PedestalCEO is the nation’s leading brand of pedestal mounts for security and access control systems. These poles are normally used for mounting keypads, card readers, intercoms and other security and access control entry devices for gates and accompanying gate openers. IntercomsOnline.com uses them to mount their wireless callbox units where ever our customers need them.

Here are available pedestal sizes and their uses:

42” pedestals are the most common for pedestrian, car, and Pad Mount handicap (ADA) compliant specifications.

64” pedestals are made for small trucks.

72” pedestals are made for large (semi) trucks, buses, etc.

IntercomsOnline is offering both pad-mount and ground-mount gooseneck poles in various lengths. You can view available pedestal mounts here: Pedestal CEO Mounts for Security and Access Control Systems

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Reduce Staffing Costs at Your Guard Booth, Guard Shack, or Gate House

Long Range Outdoor Wireless IntercomStaffing a guard booth, guard shack, or gate house with security personnel can be very costly. Even if you only pay minimum wage, every hour that goes by with a person sitting in the gate house costs you $7.25. Since that person has to remain in the guard shack, they can’t be productively doing anything else either. Also, when they take mandatory breaks, then the gate is left unmanned, which causes frustration to anyone who arrives at the gate during those periods.

The solution is to close down the guard booth and replace it with a long-range wireless outdoor intercom. With it, you do not need dedicated personnel to sit at the gate. You can use handheld two-way radios or base station intercoms placed in one or several locations. With the handheld radio, monitoring personnel can be mobile so they can still be productive at doing something else while attending to visitors.

Not only can staff talk to visitors, they can also press a button on their radio to unlock the gate remotely to let visitors in. There is no need for a trip to the gate.

With these intercoms, a range of a couple of miles can be achieved in some conditions so they should work for most applications.

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