Enterprise Intercom System Selection Guide

By Brian Rhodes, Published Jun 20, 2014, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

While the surveillance market is crowded, the intercom space is relatively sparse. In this note, we survey manufacturers specializing in enterprise intercoms including Commend, Stentofon and Aiphone, contrasting their various strengths and weaknesses.

Unlike simple two to four station intercom 'kits', enterprise systems have hundreds of stations and integrate with other security systems. Here are key characteristics that enterprise systems have that small systems lack:

  • ********* ******************* ******** ******** ******* ** ******** as * ****** ****** ** * central ************** *****.
  • **** ************:** **** *****, ********** ********* *** also **, ** '****** *******' *******, ***** * ****** ***** can ********* ******** ** ******** *****, even ********* *****, ** ****.
  • **** ******/**** *********:* **** ******* *** ********** ******** systems ** *** ******* ** ****** doors ** ******* ***** ********, ***** on ******** ********.
  • ***** ************ ***********:******* ** ******** ******** **** ****** servers ** ******* * ****** ** record *****, *** ********* *****, ** the ********. **** *********** ****** ** aid ************* *** ****** *********** ********** in * *** **** ***** ****** detection ***** ******.

*********** **** ***** ******* ** **** via ***** ******* ** ******** ******** or ******* *****/****** *****/ ******** *******. Specific ************ **** ********* ** *** system ********, *** ** * ******* the **** ********* ****** ***** *** available ** *** ******* ********* ** the ********* *******:

** ******** ****** ********

**** ****** ********* ***** ** ** IP-based ******** ******, ***** *** *** in ********** ************ ***** * **** developed *** ** *******. **** ****** wireless ******** ******* *** *********, ******* regulations *** ************ **** ******** ******* exempt **** **** ***** ********** ** every ***********.

** *******, *** ******* ****** ********* below *** ******** *** ******* ******* and ** ********* ************ ** ************ are *******,*** *********** *** ******.

******* ** *** [**** ** ****** available] ******:

  • ******** ** ** ** ** ******** in * ** **** ******
  • *** ******** *** ***-******** ***** ********
  • ****** ******** *** ********** *** ******** ET901 *******
  • ** *** ***** *******
  • ********* ** * ***-******** *****
  • **-***** *****

*** *****-**** *************, ******* ***** ********** management ******* **** **** ** '***** alone' ** ***************, ** **** ** the *****:

********* ******** *** [**** ** ****** available] ******:

  • ******* ** ** *** ** ******** stations ** * ** **** ******
  • ** ** ******** *** ***-******** ***** Messages
  • ****** ******* *********** *** ******** **** XE1, **** ******* ** *** ** higher
  • * *** ***** *******: **** **** detection
  • ********* ** * ***-******** *****
  • **-***** *****

********* ****** *** ******** ********, ** default, **** **** *** ******** ********* from * ****** ****. **** *** include ** ******** ******* ******** ****, but ***** ******* ********* **, *** primary ******** ******. *** **** ** migrating ******** ****** ********* **** *********'* offering ****** ** ********* **********, ** no ******** ****** ******* ******. *********, more *********, ******** ******* **** ** specified ***** ** ***** ****** ** analog ******** ** ******** ******** *************.

********* ******:

  • ******* ** ** ** ********** ********* IP ******** ******** ** * ** form ******
  • ** ** ******** *** ***-******** ***** Message
  • ****** ******* ******* ** ** **,*** total *****
  • ** ************* ***** *** ***** *******
  • ** ******** ********* ** ********
  • ******* ************* **** ** ***** *******, however **** ******** ******** *** *** Powerable

******* **** *** ******* ****-***** ******* addressing. *** ** ****** ** ******* to ** ** ********* *****, ***** the ***** ****** ********** ******** **** of ********* ** ****** ******** ******** to *** ****/**/* ******* *** ************. However, *** ** ****** ******** ********** use ** ***** ** *** ******** terminals.

****** **********

******* ******* *** ********* *** ******-**** product *****, ****** ******* ** ********* to ********** ********. ************, **** ***** feature * ******* ** *********** ******* that *** ******* **** **** *** tightly *******. *******, *** ******* **** is ************ **** ********* **** *** dealer *****, *** **** *** ******* added ******** **** ******* ********.

*******: ***** ******* ** ********* *** most ****** ** *** ***** *******, it ******** *** ******** *********** *******:

  • ********* *** [**** ** ****** *********]: Out-of-box ******** ******* ****** ********, ********* recording ** ***** ******** ********.
  • ***** ****** ***** [**** ** ****** available]: *********** **** '******-******' ****** ***** system.
  • ******: [**** ** ****** *********] * maps ***** '******** **********' ******** ********* 'panic ******', *******, *** ****** *******.

******* ** * **** ****** **** the ******** ****** ** ******** ** be * **** ** * *********, multi-system ********. *******'* ******* ********* ** ***********, and *********** ***** ******* ******* ******** a **** ************* ** *** *******'* product *** ******* *****.

*********: *** *******'* ******* ** ***** or ************ ******* *******. ********* *** focused ** ***** ******* *** ******* development ****** **** ***** ***********. ** general, ********* ******* ** ****** ******** like ********** *** ****** ********* ******. Stentofon ** ***********, ** ************ **** expensive **** *******, ******** ***** ****** discount ******. ********* ** * **** choice **** ****-******* ***** ** *******.

*******: *** *** ****, ******* ** the ***** ********* ** *** ***** options. ** **** *****, ******* ** as **** ** **% **** **** rivals **** *** ** ****** **** not ******* *** **** ** ********* compared ** *** ***** *******. *******, integration **** ***** ******* ** **** more ********* **** *** ***** *** options. ******* ** * **** ****** when * ******, ********* ********** ******** system ** *******.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts reporting, tutorials and software funded by subscriber's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.
Loading Related Reports