In this mobile and digital age, it’s hard to imagine that intercom systems still play a huge part in the communication solutions of many environments. We know that everyone has a mobile phone so why can’t we all use them? Well, there are some places that simply do not allow mobile phones to be used such as hospitals and educational establishments, so this is where intercoms come into action.
Many of these places have internal telephone systems which can provide a good alternative to intercom systems but generally, a telephone system uses telephone handsets which simply aren’t suitable for certain environments. We’ve all seen telephones screwed to a wall halfway down a hospital corridor but how bad does that look, and how often are they damaged? A flush mount robust intercom unit would make much more sense for this application.
Intercom systems currently in use are far more versatile than their old counterparts. Benefiting from improved connectivity and programming features they really can enhance the communication capabilities of virtually any environment. In medical places we can provide industrial vandal-resistant units for public spaces and sealed units that can be used in operating theatres allowing them to be washed down and cleaned of any bacterial residue; this range of end units is simply not available in any other form of communication system.
In addition to the one to one voice communication aspect, the modern intercom system can support conference calling and can be linked to external sources such as tannoy systems. They can even be linked across networks allowing your office in England to communicate seamlessly with your Scottish branch or even your office in Texas!
You may have read our section on school lockdown systems and this is another area where modern intercoms are a useful tool. Offering a means to communicate from a single point to many points around a building at the press of a button is essential when you need fast and reliable broadcasts to be transmitted.