Audio and Video Intercoms for Gates

gate intercom installationAudio and video intercoms installed on gates allow for communication between you and your guests. These intercoms are not only equipped with audio and video communications but usually have a trigger for a gate opener to allow visitors inside. Gate intercoms can be hardwired or wireless. More advanced models also have built-in card readers or keypads to allow access from expected guests. Audio and video intercoms are great additions for apartment buildings and commercial offices.

A professional electrician can help install an intercom for your gate system to provide security to you and your guests. Intercoms are great, cost-effective ways to secure your home or business. Many intercoms allow for the following:

  • The ability to see a wide-angle with a camera that has a 170-degree view of the entryway
  • Panning, tilting, and zooming of the camera to see specific areas
  • Hidden camera to help secure entry from unwanted guests
  • High resolution to see everything in detail
  • Monitoring from the inside of your home or business as well as on smart devices
  • Alerts to let you know someone is waiting outside

It’s easy to see the perks of installing a gate intercom. The security feature alone is enough to sell anyone, but what if you’re still not sure. Just think of the convenience of not having to go down flights of stairs to allow your guest in. With a click of a button, you will be able to see and hear your guests. Another click and the gate will open to allow entry.

Safety in any situation is important. Pair that with convenience and there should be no question. Installing a gate intercom is the best option when it comes to securing your home or business. Contact a professional electrician today to get started!

Secure Tech’s focus is on the needs of our customers and we offer a full range of installation and maintenance services. We install and service all types and brands of security equipment including gate intercoms.

Nurse Call System Installation

Think about the last time you were in a hospital, whether for yourself or a family member. There are so many sounds you hear when you’re walking through the hallways or in the patient rooms. One of those sounds is the sound of a nurse call system.

Nurse call systems are installed in healthcare facilities and senior housing to alert the nurses to the fact that they are needed in a room. If you’ve ever been to one of these facilities, you know how important a reliable system can be. It has a day-to-day impact on operations and the experience of patients. Many healthcare facilities and offices work with electricians to provide a custom built configuration to get the most out of a nurse call system.

Provide safety for patients
Many systems allow for patients to call the nurses straight from their bed. There are also smart beds that are equipped to send out alerts to the caregiver is something seems off.

Allow for efficient care for patients
There has been a great advancement in the technology aspect of healthcare. Nurse call systems have come a long way and now include innovations such as surveillance and staff locating. These elements help to improve a caregiver’s efficiency and workflow.

Also known by the name of call bell or call light systems, nurse call systems are the center of communication for an emergency situation. Nurse call systems are an integral part of any hospital or hospice. With that being said, they must be set up and installed properly to be reliable. Without these systems in place, many hospitals or hospices fail to provide the best treatment for their patients.

Many states require the systems to meet a strict set of codes in order to pass inspection. Every nurse call system must use UL® Listed components. Installing a nurse call system can become very complex. An electrician can provide the best recommendations for specific situations.

Secure Tech has been providing expert low voltage electrical services to the Santa Clarita area for years. We specialize in installing nurse call systems in any situation. Secure Tech has deep experience with Nurse Call hardware providing service, installation, and maintenance. Contact us today if you are interested in getting a quote!

How to Troubleshoot Intercom System Interference

troubleshoot intercomIntercom systems provide a very helpful way to communicate between two rooms or buildings. Reliable and always available, intercoms rarely need maintenance. Once installed properly, you can count on your intercom system to stay up and running for a long time. One issue that is likely to arise from even the best-installed intercom system is interference. The tricky part of this situation is finding the source in order to eliminate the problem.

Interference is usually displayed in the form of a static noise coming from your intercom system. There are many elements that may cause interference.

There are a few parts to an intercom that contribute to interference – a microphone, a speaker and depending on the model, a toggle switch that allows the conversation to go back and forth. As with any item, the intercom can grow old and start to wear down. Once this happens, the speaker may not work anymore. There is a sign that the system is degrading though. Before the speaker stops working, the wiring inside may cause a static noise, also known as interference. When the microphone is starting to break down, the same situation can occur.

Another possible cause of interference is pests. Bugs and rodents may cause wear and tear to your intercom system which causes a static noise. Moisture is another factor that may cause interference in your intercom system. It is also important to be careful when doing remodels or hanging items around your system as a misplaced nail can cause damage to the intercom system.

If you are experiencing interference in your intercom system, be sure to check that the power source is working properly. This is a sign that your electrical system may be overloaded or shorting out. If the power source is the problem, you may need the help of an electrician to get it working again.

Secure Tech provides a wide range of home security services in Los Angeles, San Fernando and Santa Clarita. We will both install and repair any security equipment that you need. This includes camera video surveillance, key/keyless or gate entry, telephone or intercom communication, and much more.

Troubleshooting Intercom System Issues

home intercom system repairYour home’s intercom system not only is a great way to communicate with other people living in your home but it can also be used as a security device. When the intercom system in your home stops working you can lose time and other potentially large problems can occur. You need to get it back up and running in as little time as possible.

The first step to fixing any problem is to troubleshoot to see what went wrong. Before you call an electrician to fix your intercom system, try troubleshooting the issue first. Here are a few ways to fix any simple issues that may arise with your home’s intercom system.

First, check the manual. Most electronic devices come with a manual that tells you how to troubleshoot basic issues. Take a look at this section to see if you can find the issue you are experiencing. It should list a couple steps in order to fix the issue. If this doesn’t help, move on to step two.

Check the device for power. Make sure that the device is turned on. If not, turn the device on and that should fix your problem. If the device is switched into the on position but does not look like it’s receiving power from your home, there may be a bigger issue. Determine whether your intercom system is hardwired, is plugged in, or runs on batteries. If it’s the latter, try changing out the batteries. With hardwired devices, check to see if a breaker has tripped in your home. In your electrical panel, if you see any breakers that are in the off position, try flipping them back into the on position to see if this helps. For devices that plug into the wall, you must check a few things. If you can move the device to a different outlet, try plugging it in elsewhere to see if it is the device or the outlet. If it works in a different outlet, you might have to call an electrician to see what’s going on with that outlet. If it still doesn’t work, the device you have may be faulty.

Humming noises are issues, even if they might not seem that bad. An intercom system that is emitting a humming noise might mean that there is an interference. Another electrical device in your home is interfering with the intercom system. The usual suspects are dimmers and fluorescent light switches. Try turning off the lights to see if this stops the humming. If this doesn’t help, go around your home turning off other electrical devices to see if it stops. You’ll have to call an electrician for a more permanent solution.

These are just a few ways of troubleshooting your home intercom system not working. If you have larger issues you need to address, please call a professional electrician to help out. A quick service call can usually fix a home intercom system issue.

Secure Tech is a full-service low-voltage contractor and service provider.We are licensed, bonded and insured. We specialize in alarms, security systems, access control, and other low-voltage electrical. Please contact us today to learn more about our services.

Perks of Installing an Intercom for your Home

intercom installationIntercom systems, in addition to allowing us to see who is visiting our home, can be a great security feature. They allow us to speak with a guest before allowing them entrance to our homes. It is clear to see how beneficial an intercom system can be, both on the security side and well as for the convenience.

Wired or newer wireless intercom systems can benefit homeowners in many different ways. Those who live in larger homes can not only use intercom systems to speak with arriving visitors but also to communicate with other members of the household.

Intercom systems are also great in nurseries to check up on the baby as well as a child’s playroom. With the use of display monitors, you can make sure the children are behaving even if you’re working in the garage. When the baby is napping, it would be a hassle to have to walk back and forth to check on them. Installing an intercom system would take away all the inconveniences and help ensure all is well throughout the day.

When an intercom system is installed outside, homeowners can easily see and communicate with people visiting the home. You are able to see who is at the door and speak with them through the installed intercom system. Communicating with visitors without opening the door is a great way to protect your home from unwanted guests.

Homes with three or more rooms may require a lot of shouting or running back and forth. Larger homes also have the opposite problem of no talking at all. With a home intercom system, all these problems are solved with an easy way to communicate. By installing an intercom system in a large home, all communication can be done easily and efficiently.

With all the safety and convenience factors associated with installing an intercom system, it’s easy to see why more and more homeowners are doing so. Join the increasing trend by contacting a professional electrician near you. They will be able to walk you through the setup process to get you up and running with your new intercom system.

Secure Tech of Valencia is proud to offer home intercom installation services. Our technicians are experts in their field with years of experience installing intercom systems in homes and businesses. If you are interested in getting a quote for a new intercom system in your home, give us a call today at (800) 773-2873!

What Smart Devices Work With Security Systems

smart device security systemWith the advancement of technology, it’s getting easier and easier to automate and secure our homes and lives. The hard part is figuring out how to do so. There are many different devices out there to help us feel more secure and keep us safe. It’s hard to keep up with all the latest devices – what’s the difference between Google’s Nest and Samsung’s SmartThings? How can homeowners be sure they’ve chosen the right product for their homes?

It’s important to first figure out what exactly your home needs. Do this before even starting the research on the different devices. Do you need a thermostat as well as a security camera? Are you looking to automate your home more? Find out exactly what you want to do, then begin your research.

Video Capabilities

Potentially the most important element of your smart home security device is the video capabilities. How will you be able to tell if someone is trying to do something bad if you can see them?

Take the Dropcam by Nest for example. You won’t have to wonder what security systems work with Nest when you purchase a product directly from them. This Nest Cam helps to deter intruders with a 24/7 live video stream you can view on your phone or tablet. It also features motion and sound alerts as well as night vision and a digital zoom. There is a two-way audio so you can ward off burglars or great guests.

Wireless Connections

Set up a system can be hard unless you have an electrician who knows what they’re doing. There are some devices that allow for wireless connections, performing all safety features over a Wi-Fi connection.

The Arlo Pro does just that. It comes with a central receiver as well as one HD camera that can cover your home at any angle. It uses your home Wi-Fi to send HD videos straight to your devices. Even though it is wireless, don’t worry about charging. The battery lasts a long time and when it does need to be charged, it uses quick charging technology. This device also for two-way audio. It comes with night vision capabilities and a loud alarm to scare any intruders. It syncs great with smart devices to allow for voice controls.

Smart devices are the future. Getting these devices to work with security devices will help create a more secure world. When you can see what’s going on around your home with a click of a button or a voice command, you can help keep your family and home safe.

Secure Tech is proud to serve the security needs of Santa Clarita residents and business. Our technicians specialize in low-voltage electrical projects. Security systems are our forte. We are here to help keep you and your family save in your home. If you are interested in getting a quote for a new security system in your home, give us a call today at (800) 773-2873!