A few months ago, we moved our Headquarters to our new location. We custom designed our new digs, covering everything from the polished concrete floors to the wide timber desks and the assortment of indoor plants. Everything was perfect, the way we wanted it to be… except one little thing, deliveries!
Each day we get a constant stream of deliveries from couriers and although we love parcels, we don’t like the interruptions so much. It’s a hassle having to stop whatever we’re doing to run to the intercom, answer the call and sometimes go down the stairs to let in a courier. Sometimes we would all be out to lunch and miss the deliveries altogether.
To try and reduce this issue we scoured the internet for different possible solutions. There’s aren’t many solutions out there that don’t cost an arm and a leg. This led us to try out Ring’s Video Doorbell, a smart and cost-effective solution to exactly what we were looking for.
Ring is a video doorbell that allows us to answer the lobby door of the office through our smartphones. It has a sleek, simple design that looks great next to the door of our office building. We have the brushed silver finish version that goes with light coloured walls, but there are also other options of venetian bronze, polished brass and antique brass to choose from. The front of the doorbell features a large button and a wide angled HD video camera. There are also two speakers, a microphone and a motion detector built in.
There are two ways to power the doorbell; battery or hard wiring. You can mount it on the wall and let it run on a built-in lithium polymer rechargeable battery. It lasts 6 to 12 months between charges so you’ll have to remove it for a recharge once or twice a year. Alternatively, if you have existing doorbell wiring you can hardwire the device to the power circuit.
The Ring app is available on both Android and iOS and it’s needed to operate the doorbell. Once we had downloaded the app, it guided us through connecting the Ring Doorbell to the smartphone and also provided instructions on how to attach it to the wall.
Surprisingly, the Ring comes packaged with everything you need to mount the device to your wall, including a drill bit. This is super thoughtful; without the drill bit, it would be like getting a new toy that runs on batteries, only to find that they weren’t included – and all the shops are shut.
The Ring activates in two scenarios, the first is when someone presses the doorbell, the second is when the heat-based motion sensor is activated when someone is in close proximity to the door. When the detector is triggered, the camera starts recording and also streams directly to the phone.
Ring Video Doorbell is compatible with a number of smart-lock systems such as Kevo, Kisi, LockState and Lockitron. If you use any of these smart locks, you’ll be able to also unlock the door remotely via the app like the setup we now have.
The Ring Video Doorbell has brought a little calm to the office with its doorbell, intercom and surveillance camera features that are simple to use and do much more than just let people into the building. Ring was designed for home use, however, we found it equally useful at the office. Our daily interruptions are now less of a nuisance since individuals can mute the doorbell on their phones if they don’t want to be interrupted and anyone else with the app can answer the door without getting up from their desk.
Visit Ring.com for more information.
Photos taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.