When it comes to intercoms one may wonder why a model that becomes a big hit in one country isn’t even considered in another part of the world.
In creating this series, we travel around the globe to see what solutions people prefer at their doors and understand the specifics and preferences in different countries.
You’ll be seeing a lot of residential intercoms, door phones, doorbells and such with all of them having one thing in common – they all are responsible for two-way audio and (or) video communication between the home owner and a visitor through the closed door.
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As a true contributor into country’s IP-domophony since 2011, we start our trip in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
The first thing that catches the eye is that in Taiwan cities people predominantly live in apartment buildings, yet every now and then you can run into a single-family house hiding between the giants.
The houses built 30 years ago have two entrances, one into the apartment on the first floor and another one - into the rest of the building, with both entrances requiring different door entry solutions. Thus, sometimes you see the monsters like this!
One can tell that there is small room for retrofit (and even if there is a need for such, it must be done by a professional installer) as most of the solutions are hard-wired and obviously installed during the house construction. Most of the houses have the cheap solution by Taiwan company YUS or Panasonic.
Older apartment buildings with no security guard in place have digital intercom panels installed at the main door. Then each apartment will have an indoor phone with one button to open the door remotely.
The lucky residents of modern buildings enjoy the benefits of seeing their visitors via the video indoor phones. There are two levels of video door entry that an uninvited visitor has to go through: first, it will be the big intercom panel downstairs and then, if they are lucky to get inside the building, each apartment is equipped with a video door phone. In many places you’ll be seeing Hometek or Tecom’s solutions (guilty as charged).
It’s more fun to walk along the narrow streets where you can enjoy a plethora of intercoms of different looks, colors, and sizes. Due to abundant rainfall in Taiwan they are protected by enclosures or weatherproof hoods – metal and plastic. Hopefully they are helping better than they look.
In conclusion, digital and IP-intercoms are in favor among Taiwanese for at least 30 years having made the door stations not a luxury but a must-have for every household. And if there’s no intercom at the door, there is always room for an old good doorbell button.