Urmet has launched CallMe, a call-forwarding system that enables customers to answer their video door phone remotely, from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone or tablet.
CallMe is aimed at individual homes and small to medium-rise apartment blocks. It enables residents to speak with visitors, open gates and open doors – all using a mobile device. If the visitor is a courier, for example, the CallMe app user can allow partial access to their property, arrange a new time, or request delivery to a neighbour using the video function.
This Urmet solution offers the functionality of more expensive IP systems at sites that only have a two-wire system installed or for sites that have legacy cabling in place. The app will be particularly suitable for residential accommodation in listed buildings where cabling work has to be kept to a minimum.
The CallMe app allows customers to continue using their existing Urmet video door phones and is compatible with all units in the 2Voice (two-wire) range. CallMe is also available as part of an ‘all-in-one’ kit, including the door phone handset and internal monitor for a small apartment building or a single dwelling.
Wired Ethernet increases installation options
Installation is simple and achieved by fitting a small additional call-forwarding component employing an ADSL connection to the Urmet indoor station. The link can then be made via Wi-Fi or network cable to the home router. Wired Ethernet connection is also possible through an RJ45 port, a feature that distinguishes CallMe from most other brands on the market.
Users can download the free CallMe app (available for Android and iOS) and configure it on their smartphone to suit their individual needs. Video signal quality can be defined according to connection speed. Users benefit from call-forwarding to up to four mobile devices and, if desired, can try multiple users in succession if one doesn’t answer. A typical scenario might involve calling different family members one after the other so that a courier can ask for partial access to the property in order to leave a package.
Responding to the era of connected objects
Mark Hagger, Sales & Marketing Director at Urmet, said: “Urmet is always quick to react to market trends and demands dictated by lifestyles. CallMe is our response to the era of connected objects and brings functionality normally associated with IP systems only to two-wire installations.”
The CallMe app also enables customers to observe a visitor before deciding if they wish to answer the call. This can be valuable in allowing users to monitor activity at the doors of elderly relatives or other vulnerable people and respond on behalf of the occupant as required. Applications for CallMe are limitless. The product is ideal for users who have a second home since it allows them a virtual presence at any location equipped with an Urmet video door phone and a home router.