Your property’s front door or gate provides the first impression for prospective residents, guests and delivery personnel. Your goal is to make this a welcoming one that promises security and convenience with an eye-catching and intuitive access control system. But securing the front door or gate isn’t as simple as installing a keypad or posting a guard. Instead, the best modern access control systems come in the form of smart video intercoms.
The newest generation of video intercoms provides residents, tenants, guests and delivery drivers with a user-friendly property access experience. Whether it’s by a tenant using a highly rated mobile app or a guest requesting access from the easily navigable directory, modern video intercoms are vital for most residential and commercial properties.
Don’t let your property fall behind. Bring your tenants a truly transformative experience with these next-generation video intercom features.
1. Built-in WiFi
Establishing a wired internet connection to a video intercom is a hassle for properties of all types. For instance, most gated communities often don’t have the luxury of an internet access point near the gate. As a result, they must either spend thousands on installation to run a wire to the intercom or consider alternative systems like a gate security guard.
Fortunately, the next iteration of video intercoms features built-in WiFi, solving installation challenges some properties face. By utilizing 5GHz WiFi, businesses with complex, sprawling installations can benefit from the same modern access control solutions found in luxury high-rises.
2. Wide-angle camera
The first video intercom with a built-in camera disrupted the industry by enabling residents to see who is requesting access from the front door. Before this feature was introduced, residents relied solely on audio to verify their guests’ identity before letting them inside. Now, with a built-in camera, peace of mind is at the center of the advances in cameras for intercoms.
But while having the ability to see your visitor is a great security feature, it’s not effective without a complete view of the front entryway.
So, when looking for an effective video intercom system with a camera, look for one with a wide-angle camera. With a wide-angle lens, even if guests are erroneously standing out of view, their image is captured — along with those intentionally avoiding the camera.
Further, a wide-angle camera improves the entry log feature of your intercom system. More specifically, narrow cameras fail to fully capture an entry event, reducing the ability to act on security breaches. A wide-angle camera rectifies this issue by fully capturing the moment a visitor enters the property.
3. RFID technology
Mobile apps are the most convenient and popular credential amongst video intercom users. But what happens if a tenant’s phone is lost or the battery dies? It’s crucial that your intercom system supports multiple types of credential technologies.
One such technology is RFID (radio frequency identification), which uses readers equipped with antennas to emit radio waves and receive signals from tags. You’ve likely encountered this in the real world through the use of key cards and card readers.
Implementation of RFID technology in an intercom system supports key cards and fobs as an additional credential option. As a result, users can easily access the building using their mobile phone, key card, fob, PIN code, or other supported credentials.
Keeping up with the next generation of access control
To stay ahead of the multifamily competition, it’s imperative that you find an access control system with the aforementioned features and more.
One system that provides these features on aesthetically pleasing and intuitive hardware is ButterflyMX.
ButterflyMX is a cloud-based access control company offering the only property-wide solution on the market. Control access to every area of your property by using a single platform, from individual units and elevators to parking garages and amenities.
Features of the transformative ButterflyMX video intercom system include:
- WiFi present in the device.
- RFID connectivity
- Wide-angle camera with a 156º field-of-view
- LED display with 1500 nits of brightness
- Alluring design instantly boosts curb appeal
- Comprehensive property-wide access control from one highly-rated app