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Why You Need a Camera with 2-way Audio in your Home Security System

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In today’s age of Skype and Facetime, having a camera with 2-way audio in your home security system may seem like an unnecessary upgrade. However, this system can not only provide an added peace of mind for you; it can give you some unintended benefits for your family members as well.

You are likely wondering…

What is a Camera with 2-way Audio?

Much like the intercom systems that adorned homes in the 1970’s, a camera with audio and video (two-way cameras) offer users the ability to talk from one point to another. The major difference is that two-way cameras of the 21st-century offer high-definition digital video and clear audio without having to press “talk” and “listen” buttons. Two-way cameras are easy to install into existing home security systems and allow you to communicate with both audio and video with those inside of your home. They require both a power source and strong Wi-Fi for operation. They are easy to use and can be controlled via a smartphone app.

But why not just call on the phone?

No Phone Necessary

Picture in your mind the people or pets you care about that are unable to use a smartphone. Want to sing your infant to sleep while you are away on business? Position a two-way camera in their room, pointed at the crib. Want to talk to your dog while you are at work? Position a two-way camera on a ledge in their room. Want to check in on an aging parent who does not have a smartphone or iPad? A two-way camera in their bedroom or kitchen allows you to easily check in without teaching them how to use an app. Two-way cameras also allow you to communicate with people in your home regardless of whether they answer your phone call or not.

Two-way Cameras Audio Allow you to be in Two Places at Once

B.F. Skinner’s psychological theories of reward and punishment suggest that the most effective way to keep a behavior going or prevent a behavior from happening in the future is to randomize the reward or punishment. Imagine how much more productive your children will be after school if you randomly pop in on a two-way camera to check in on their homework progress. Likewise, unexpectedly communicate with home assistants and maintenance specialists about project progress or job completion. With a two-way camera, you can effectively be at work and home at the same time and offer feedback and input on your schedule.

Can be Used Alone or as a Part of Your Home Security System

It is not necessary to have a home security system to take advantage of the dividends a two-way camera can pay. However, these cameras can be seamlessly integrated into your smart phone-managed home security system. No need to download a separate app to communicate with loved ones and home helpers at home. Simply touch a button from your existing home security app.

At HS Tech Group, we proudly install Alarm.com cameras with built-in audio. For more information on two-way cameras or to have one installed in your home, contact HS Tech Group for a consultation.

Stuart Forchheimer
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Stuart Forchheimer

President at HS Tech Group
Stuart is the President and CTO of HS Tech Group. Stuart lives in Baltimore County, Maryland with his two children, loving wife, dog, fish and assortment of wildlife.
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