Video Intercom

Alpha Communications Intercom System Review, Pricing, and Comparison

In this review, you’ll get a deeper look at Alpha Communications Intercom offerings, including key features, pricing and a side-by-side comparison with important components to consider when looking for a video intercom system. 

GB2 2-Wire Color Video Intercom System

AlphaTouch Cloud-Based PoE Video Intercom System

Alpha Communications vs. Swiftlane Video Intercom 

To navigate which system will be right for your video intercom needs, we have reviewed Alpha Communications Intercom System and compared it to Swiftlane Video Intercom for a comprehensive look at all the industry offerings.

GB2 Video IntercomAlphaTouch Video IntercomSwiftlane Video Intercom
ConnectivityTwisted cableEthernet & wirelessWireless; ethernet
ProgrammingPreprogrammedCloud based via online portal & mobile appCloud-based management
Outdoor HardwarePush button and navigationAlphaTouch AT700AS TouchscreenSwiftReader with touchless and mobile capability
Incoming CallsInterior intercom stations onlyAny device with AlphaTouch appAny device with Swiftlane app
Directory Preprogrammed with static displayTouchscreen at entry door stationOn-screen via Swiftlane app
Access ControlVisual/voice and RFID (Optional)Visual/voice and RFID (Optional)Built-in mobile and face recognition credentials
Door RelayPush button at monitorVia touchscreen monitor and AlphaTouch appRemote via Swiftlane app
VideoTwo way audio-only and one-way video callingTwo-way audio and video callingTwo-way audio and video calling
Temporary AccessNot availableQR code scanningTemporary digital pin codes available

Alpha Communications Intercom offers two great solutions for apartment buildings. Their systems, however, are built on a traditional intercom foundation, which makes integration and deployment of ‘smart’ intercom technology a challenge.

Should you be looking for a solution built on advanced technology, watch how Swiftlane is redefining the way buildings are approaching visitor management.

For more reviews and comparisons of apartment intercom systems, visit the best video intercom systems guide.

GB2 2-Wire Color Video Intercom System

Manufactured by Alpha Communications, the GB2 2-wire Video Intercom System installs with only 2 wires, with the capacity to handle 256 apartment monitor stations and 4 door entry stations. 

Key Features

  • Records entry logs on PC or SD card (AlphaEntry required)
  • Works with push-button and navigation entry stations from Golmar (a partner company of Alpha Communications)
  • Option to install audio-only intercom handset stations
  • Single or multiple secondary cameras supported with camera switching functionality
  • Multiple relay outputs to operate up to 4 doors
  • Text messaging between apartments (PENTHA7 only)
  • Call up to 4 monitors from a single call button (or up to 16 while in Villa Mode)

GB2 Model Comparison

VESTA2 SE GB2: Hands-free 4.3-inch TFT (480×272) color monitor with on-screen display (OSD) for easy navigation and big front buttons to answer calls and unlock doors

VESTA7 SE GB2: Hands-free 7-inch TFT (800×480) color monitor with on-screen display (OSD) for easy navigation and big front buttons to answer calls and unlock doors

PENTHA7 GB2: Touchscreen hands-free 7-inch Crystal Clear color TFT (800×480) monitor with on-screen display (OSD), built-in visitor call log with 118 video image memory

Pricing

VESTA2 SE GB2 4.3” color video monitor:  ~$186 

VESTA7 SE GB2 7.0” color video monitor: ~$174

PENTHA7 GB2 7.0” touchscreen: Price not available

Advantages

  • Low-cost, customizable intercom system
  • Easy two-wire installation and retrofitting capability

Disadvantages

  • Difficult to scale
  • Users cannot change the programming

AlphaTouch Cloud-Based PoE Video Intercom System

AlphaTouch is an IP-based smart video intercom system that allows visitors to make video calls to residents from a touchscreen door entry station. Residents can receive video calls from visitors on smartphones and can unlock the door using the AlphaTouch mobile app. 

AlphaTouch Key Features

  • Supports any number of door entry stations and any number of apartments
  • 3MP 120° view high definition camera
  • Scrollable touchscreen directory 
  • SIP-based telephone dialing. Receive and transfer video calls on mobile app and phone.
  • Remote centralized management through the AlphaTouch Cloud Portal
  • Integrated access control
  • Cloud-based apps and visitor call logs 
  • Time-barred visitor QR codes and programmable automatic door release
  • Built-in card reader (fobs sold separately)
  • 3 programmable relays for door release, elevator controls, or other low-voltage applications
  • 1 year cloud storage of jpeg entry snapshots
  • Option to include a staff station for the concierge or doorman

Pricing

AlphaTouch AT700AS 7.0” door entry station: $2099

AlphaTouch AT700DM Staff Station: $1942

AlphaTouch 7/10 Inch Touchscreen Video Monitor: ~$556/$348

Advantages

  • Simple installation
  • Receive video calls on the go and unlock remotely
  • Free initial programming included

Disadvantages

  • Virtual keys cannot be created from within the AlphaTouch App
  • Door unlock and release cannot be accessed if a visitor call is received via smartphone, only through the app
  • Door unlock and release cannot be accessed if a call is missed
  • Lack of available integrations

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