Knock Knock…Who's There? For Some Lucky Folks, the Answer Is Automated

Technology is enhancing how you can screen and welcome—or not—your guests.

Someone’s knockin’ at the door, somebody’s ringin’ the bell. Do me a favor, open the door and let ‘em in.

Or not.

Now, with Leviton’s Intercom Door Station, people in residential homes or small businesses have the ability to screen guests before deciding whether to invite them in. Leveraging the company’s Omni Security & Automation system—which is the brains of the automated home by coordinating security, energy and entertainment with audio, visual and motion control—users never actually have to go to the door.

The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-compliant, Power over Ethernet (PoE) Intercom Door Station provides a touch interface commonly placed at front doors or gates. The technology includes snapshot previews on up to four Leviton touchscreens that system users can view before accepting a call. It also features quick, relay activation to effortlessly open a door or gate.

In addition, users can communicate by using Leviton touchscreens like a traditional intercom system. Ringtones distinguish between a door station call and a touchscreen-to-touchscreen call.

“An additional unique feature to this solution is that the individual inside can not only answer or deny the call after previewing a snapshot of the guest but also easily let those selected inside using the on-screen relay activation button,” said Tom Morgan, Director of Product Management for the Leviton Energy Management, Controls and Automation business unit.

The way I see it, this is a handy way to subtly say: “Go away.”

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