See who’s at the door from your smartphone!
Source: Samantha Shen
Smart doorbells and video intercoms for homes and buildings allow users see, hear, and speak with whoever is outside, from any location. Accompanying smartphone apps also provide live feeds, as well as the ability to revisit recorded footage and door event logs — all at your fingertips.
The first four solutions below are for home applications.
Simply by replacing an existing wired doorbell, Nest Hello by Nest Labs
delivers HD front door footage from morning until night.
With Nest Hello's HDR video functionality, you can see sharp details even in dark areas. 24/7 streaming lets users check in anytime, as well as go back and look at snapshots from up to 3 hours before. It also recognizes family and friends of the homeowner and sends on-time alerts to notify their visits. For clear audio quality, Nest Hello features noise and echo cancellation. Prerecorded responses are also available.
Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell
With the Apple HomeKit-compatible Netatmo
Smart Video Doorbell, users can see and respond to whoever is at the door in three very easy ways: through the Netatmo smartphone app, the Apple Home app, or via voice command using Siri. The home is also protected through the doorbell’s 1080p HD camera and wide 160-degree field of view. The Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell alerts users to any suspicious persons at the door or in the front yard, and does not require professional installation.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
The Video Doorbell Pro by Ring
features 1080p HD video, live view, two-way audio, and has a 160-degree field-of view. Its customizable motion sensors can focus on critical zones based on users' adjustment, and send motion-activated alerts to a smartphone, tablet, or desktop whenever someone passes through the door.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro requires a Wi-Fi connection and is compatible with Amazon Alexa, iOS, Mac and Android devices.
is a 3-megapixel (2048×1536 video resolution) Wi-Fi-enabled smart doorbell that answers the door through prerecorded messages even when the homeowners are not in. With built-in PIR motion sensor, 5-meter night vision, and an IP65 weatherproof rating, the DB1 is ready to withstand all types of conditions. Through the EZVIZ app or EZVIZ Studio, users can view and playback video history, as well as receive instant alerts and communicate in real-time — all from a single platform.
And the following four solutions are for building applications.
The Ikall entrance panel from Comelit
is a modular door solution with the option of a touch screen and audio/video recording. The Comelit app allows users to remotely respond to calls from an entry station, make intercom calls, view recorded videos from the entry station and control the opening of gates and doors. The in-app "Video Memory" function enables recording and viewing of videos from external units and CCTV cameras. The app also provides the ability to control lighting, gates, barriers, and other smart building controls.
Featuring the new Camera 80, Siedle
Vario's modular functions offer clear and bright footage, and allow users to call, listen, see and talk to building visitors. The day/night switchover function changes in the darkness to the true monochrome mode, enhancing light sensitivity for the capturing.
With the Siedle smartphone app, door access can be managed easier as users can see front-door video, remotely grant door access, switch views between other surveillance cameras, and control other connected building control systems.
GT-DMB-N is a three-in-one video entrance station and NFC reader that is part of Aiphone's GT Series multitenant video intercom system. It is equipped with a PTZ camera which captures a 170-degree wide-angle view, and the keypad allows for direct dialing and access authorization.
The system can also replace concierge staff, as it allows for direct communication between buildings within the same logical network. With NFC programming, tenant directories can be updated promptly with an Android device.
is a building intercom and access control system that can make records for visitor management, package delivery and property management. ButterflyMX can also bolster building security through the integration of elevators or smart locks to individual units.
From the ButterflyMX's smartphone app, users can easily view door-release logs, make video calls and grant visual keys to temporary visitors. The solution is suitable for a multitude of applications, such as commercial office buildings, school dormitories, or residential communities.