2N has upgraded the functionality of its best-selling intercom, the 2N IP Verso 2.0, to enhance both security and flexibility. This is a direct response to surveys where 2N’s residential and commercial customers were asked about the features they most wanted to see in access control devices.
The security upgrades include a full HD wide-angle camera which, based on 2N’s internal research, is now a requirement in more than 50% of office projects (and is increasing being requested by homeowners too). The camera provides crystal-clear image quality even in very poor light. It can also maintain full image colour until just minutes before total darkness, unlike other cameras that switch to night mode and infrared illumination at dusk. Additionally, the camera in the 2N IP Verso 2.0 supports Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), which eliminates black silhouettes in cases when the sun is shining directly behind the visitor.
The third new feature designed to enhance the ability of users to see what is happening outside the door – and therefore the security of the building – is adaptive Face Zooming. Adaptive Face Zooming automatically zooms in on the visitor, allowing the user to identify them more easily on the answering unit or their smartphone. This is a particular benefit in video intercoms which use a wide-angle camera. While wide-angle cameras give a perfect overview of the whole entrance, the visitor can occupy a relatively small space in the frame, making the face difficult to recognise.
The final security improvement to the 2N IP Verso 2.0 is a new chassis made of anodised aluminium. This makes the intercom’s body much stronger and better able to resist attempted vandalism.
In terms of flexibility, the 2N IP Verso 2.0 now supports a fifth type of access credential: QR codes (as well RFID cards, PIN codes, fingerprint and smartphone access). QR codes are becoming a more and more popular option because they are easy to distribute via email and are ideal for one-off or time-limited access – say for couriers or contractors.
The 2N IP Verso 2.0’s new functionality is enabled by the power of the ARTPEC-7 processor, a chip developed by Axis, 2N’s parent company.
Michael Nicholson, 2N’s Business Development Manager for the UK and Ireland, says, “The IP Verso has been so popular for so long because of its modularity and reliability. However, you can’t stand still for a moment in this industry and the option of adding new functionality is one of the features of IP technology. We are therefore constantly looking at ways to enhance the security or flexibility of our devices. In this case, we have delivered both in one go, and because of that, I’m very confident that the 2N IP Verso 2.0 will remain our best-selling intercom for some time to come.”