Ring adds Ring Intercom for apartment dwellers

posted on Friday, 9th September 2022 by Steve May

Smart home  Security 

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Ring is adding the Ring Intercom to its smart home product portfolio. The Wi-Fi upgrade gives apartment dwellers the freedom to speak with and provide remote access to their building entrance.

The intercom extension offers users control through the Ring app; even if owners are out and about, they'll always know when someone buzzes the intercom or an authorised user enters the building.

"We’re constantly inventing based on customer feedback and one of the most common requests I get from customers in Europe is for simple, affordable security options for apartments," said Jamie Siminoff, Founder and Chief Inventor of Ring.

"We reinvented modification-free, easy-to-install home security, with devices like Ring Alarm and Indoor Cam, and now Ring Intercom is the natural next step in Ring's mission to make neighbourhoods safer, for everyone, regardless of home type."

Compatible with a wide variety of audio intercom handsets, Ring Intercom connects to the internal intercom handset and is powered by rechargeable, reusable batteries. There are no structural changes to the apartment required.

Features include Remote Unlock, which allows users to provide building access from anywhere, via the Ring app. The activity log in the Ring app provides an overview of missed and answered intercom calls, as well as each time Remote Unlock is used.

Owners can also share access to Ring Intercom to other household members or family, allowing them to buzz themselves into the building, or interact with building visitors who press their intercom.

There’s also an Auto-Verify function for Amazon Deliveries. This allows verified drivers to deliver Amazon parcels inside the building during a time-bound interval, in a safe, pre-determined place.

A future update will add an Auto-Verified Guest mode, which allows virtual keys to be given to family members.

The Ring Intercom works with select Alexa-enabled devices. By connecting Ring Intercom to a compatible Alexa device, customers have hands-free control to speak with and provide building access to visitors who buzz their apartment intercom. Customers can also add camera functionality inside the apartment by linking Ring Intercom to other Ring devices like Indoor Cam.

Ring Intercom utilises the existing compatible intercom system to trigger encrypted Two-Way Talk via the Ring app; users can only answer calls from someone buzzing their apartment building door.

The Ring Intercom launches on the UK on September 28, priced £119.99, or £149.99 when bundled with a Ring Quick-Release Battery Charging Station and spare Quick-Release Battery Pack. Shipping will begin on October 26.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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