Imagining the Future: Intercom Systems

Intercom systems have come a long way since they were first invented in 1894.  At that time, an intercom was used to broadcast reports in an office building.  In the 1950’s, it took the role as an electronic doorman in apartment buildings.  In the mid 1980’s, manufacturers started offering video integration with intercoms.  Now we have moved from analog to digital and wireless technologies to transmit communications.

LaForce is partnered with a leading manufacturer called Aiphone Corporation. Aiphone provide our customers with a solid and reliable intercom solution.  Founded in 1948, Aiphone has a reputation of proven performance with solutions ranging from a single door to complex enterprise, multi-tenant solutions.  Aiphone offers secure intercom applications for commercial, multi-tenant, healthcare, schools, government, retail and residential.

LaForce has deployed a wide variety of Aiphone models, including the entry level JK series which handles up to two inside desk stations communicating to a single exterior door.  Aiphone’s latest JO series now adds touch-screen convenience to small scale system choices,  while their JM series with touch-screen features can expand to serve up to eight desk stations and four exterior door stations. The AX series addresses up to eight inside stations with as many as 120 doors. Now building on this model’s success, their latest flag-ship IS Series blends hard-wired installations with that of network connected possibilities including PoE (Power over Ethernet) capability. The multi-tenant GT series, is ideally suited for large properties either catering to residences or small business suites where both audio and visual verification are deemed important.  GT Solutions manages up to 500 tenant stations, 16 entrances and four concierge stations. Aiphone continues to introduce exciting and cost-effective new solutions based on their past experiences and listening to end-user feedback.

The development of intercom systems may have gotten off to a slow start, but manufacturers have more than made up for that time. Imagine the types of systems that will be developed in the future as the technology evolves.

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