Control4 has announced the availability of its new Intercom Anywhere functionality including a new app for iOS and Android mobile devices.
With Intercom Anywhere, Control4 homeowners can receive video intercom calls from a Control4 Door Station, enabling them to see and communicate with visitors at the front door or gate, whether they’re home or away.
In addition, homeowners will see who’s at the door prior to answering the call, can simultaneously activate a home scene such as turning on lights, opening the gate, or unlocking the door or garage in response to who has arrived. Homeowners can also quickly activate alerts such as sounding an alarm, locking all doors, or turning on all interior and exterior lighting for additional safety measures.
“Intercom Anywhere adds compelling everyday utility and capability to Control4 smart homes elevating the ‘smart doorbell’ through a comprehensive in-the-home/away-from-the-home peace-of-mind solution that unifies access control, video surveillance, security, and interactive communication,” says Control4 chairman and CEO Martin Plaehn.
The app is designed to launch and connect quickly and by providing video previews from the Control4 Door Station, like caller-id for the front door, homeowners can ignore unwanted calls, answer calls from a welcomed guest, or accept a delivery even when they’re miles away.
Modern video doorbell products allow the use of mobile phones to see and talk to visitors at the door, but Control4 says only its system supports additional customisable programming.
For example, while in an Intercom Anywhere call, the user can turn on lights, unlock the door, open the gate or garage, disarm or trigger the alarm, or any other action uniquely enabled by the Control4 automation system.
The set-up also provides new ways to communicate among family members as they can can make calls from Control4 Touch Screens within the home to a family member’s mobile phone or vice versa.
Control4 says the system delivers a complete audio/video intercom system with sleek video door stations and dedicated interactive video touch screens with premium audio and video quality.
Whether at home or away, homeowners can now receive incoming audio and video intercom calls on their mobile devices or call from their mobile phones to Control4 Touch Screens installed throughout the home.
The Intercom Anywhere app can be downloaded now from the Apple store or the Google Play store. To activate and use Intercom Anywhere, a Control4 home must be running the latest Control4 OS (v 2.10.3), and also have an active 4Sight subscription.