Control4’s new Intercom Anywhere ‘Elevates the Smart Doorbell’
Unlike typical smart doorbells, Control4's Intercom Anywhere ecosystem allows users to activate home automation scenes directly through the app, and communicate across Control4 touchscreens, video door stations and mobile apps.
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Like most good IP video door stations, Control4’s new Intercom Anywhere lets users communicate with a visitor from anywhere in the world. But Control4 (Nasdaq: CTRL) adds a layer of home automation to its new application, allowing users to activate smart-home scenes – like turning on the lights or unlocking the door – from within the intercom app.
In addition, users can enjoy a complete video-intercom experience using Control4’s DS2 video door stations, indoor touchscreens and the users’ own smart phones. They all work in concert, no matter their locations.
Control4 chairman and CEO Martin Plaehn says Intercom Anywhere "elevates the smart doorbell” by unifying access control, video surveillance, security and interactive communication.
Beyond the security applications, Intercom Anywhere enables new ways of communicating among family members. They can dial into the home’s touchscreens via mobile phone … and vice versa. All family members can be notified of activity at the front door, allowing the right person to respond, no matter where they are, inside or outside of the home.
“Use Intercom Anywhere to dial directly to any or all Control4 Touch Screens for a video-call to get connected, fast,” the company explains.
The Intercom Anywhere app can be downloaded today from the Apple store or the Google Play store. To activate and use Intercom Anywhere, a home must have Control4 installed, running the latest Control4 OS (v 2.10.3), and also have an active 4Sight subscription ($100 USD Annual MSRP).
Control4’s Brad Hintze tells CE Pro that the Intercom Anywhere only works with the company’s own DS2 door stations, but the plan is to support third-party door stations in the future.
Control4's last major intercom update came in 2015 with OS 2.7.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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