I can't remember how much the new intercom system was quoted at, but it was in the tens of thousands, maybe 20, maybe 40. It is now done. The instructions on the old system were to press the apartment number and then button A. There are two buttons A. One on the left side, one on the right. People would say the intercom would not work for them and I guess this came from them pressing the wrong button A. When we were in Perth early this year, the system failed entirely. It was quickly discovered that replacement parts were not available and an enterprising body corporate member found the failed part replacement on Ebay. This is the old panel, with two buttons A.
This is the new panel. Press the apartment number and the bell symbol and it will put through a double Australian phone ring to the the appropriate apartment and LEDs will light up to illuminate your face, and on the screen and verbally you are given commands, such as calling, answering, and door open. The hole in the wall has been covered over and barely noticeable. We don't know much about using our intercom system as we don't use it. Why would we? It is the same with parking outside. We don't use it so we don't have a need to know about it, but we do, because of visitors.
This is the old handset in each apartment. It rings a single ring loudly for as long as button A is pressed. The picture view of who is calling is in black and white and it is a bulky unit as the screen is an old style cathode ray tube. Sometimes when someone called, the screen would not light up but if you hung up and then picked up the receiver again, it would work. The screen picture lasted a minute or so before the picture shut down. Of the three buttons, only the door open button worked.
This is our new unit. While the screen is smaller, it is in brilliant colour and gives a wide view. I can see passing cars and trams. We can even switch the screen on when no one is calling. We can adjust the volume of the ring and the picture. The lad who installed it was lovely, if you like a Serbian/Israeli hipster look. I dun mind. Unfortunately there had to be a backing plate to cover the holes from the old system. I just know it is not all square, but it is very close and I will only ever really know if I put the spirit level on it, and I won't but I have an eye for straightness and angles and it is not quite straight, but none of our non existent visitors will ever notice and I will get used to it.