Having a good intercom system installed will definitely be a huge boon for enhancing the strength of your organization's overall communication. Since solid communication is a key component for your business' success, you will want to invest in one of these systems very soon. Shopping for intercom systems, however, is not simply a matter of price and quality (these matter as well), but also the type of intercom system. To help you determine which type of intercom system is best for your business, we will compare and contrast wired intercom systems versus wireless intercom systems and video intercom systems versus audio only intercom systems.
Wired Versus Wireless Intercom System
The names of these two types of system are obvious descriptors of their capabilities; how each will benefit you is not as clear.
A wireless intercom system
As its name suggests, a wireless intercom system requires no wires to use. It is extremely mobile and can usually be set up without hiring an installer. For businesses that expect to rearrange their communication system often or don't wish to wait for professional installation, this is the best bet. Because they only transmit signals via waves, there will always be the risk of interference and intercepted communications. While digital encryption and improved signal technology are reducing these problems, they will always exist with wireless communication devices such as these.
A wired intercom system
The biggest benefit of a wired intercom system is that its hard-wire links virtually guarantee a strong intercom connection. Almost no types of interference can prevent signals from clearly transmitting successfully. On the other hand, a wired intercom system requires costly installation, and once it is in place, you cannot move it without paying to have its components uninstalled and reinstalled. The installation process also takes time.
Audio Only Versus Video Intercom System
Although it may seem at first glance that a Video intercom system will be the best solution for your business, you should note the pros and cons of both an audio only and video intercom system before making a decision.
An audio only intercom system
The biggest benefit of an audio only intercom system is cost. They are much less expensive to own and install than video intercom systems. Due to the fact that they are only limited to audio, this greatly reduces the flexibility of your intercom communication system.
A video intercom system
The biggest benefit of a video intercom system is obvious: it provides video feedback that allows for more precise communication to take place. For instance, if you are requesting an update to a spreadsheet by an employee and are having a difficult time verbalizing which one, you can show him or her on the video screen. With most video intercoms, you can also turn the video feedback functionality on or off in the name of efficiency or security. Since they include more equipment and more expensive technology, video intercom communication systems do cost much more than audio only systems to own and install.