The Ring video doorbell alerts an elder’s smartphone whenever the doorbell is pushed or motion detected at the door. The user can then view an HD video stream of the person and speak to them using two-way audio.
HOW IT WORKS
The video doorbell connects to an existing WiFi network to send real time notifications of activity at the door. There are models that come with internal batteries that last six to twelve months with normal use before needing to be recharged according to the manufacturer’s website. However, all of their products could be hardwired to the home for ongoing power. The products have a simple mounting system.
There is not a recurring monthly fee or subscription required for the realtime notifications and live video feeds; however, the “Ring Protect Plan” service allows you to record, download, play back, and email recordings of Ring videos for a fee.
REAL WORLD USE CASES
Some ways the Ring Video Doorbell could be configured for the safety of an elderly person living alone:
- A vulnerable elder can confirm the identity of who is at the door prior to opening.
- A senior hard of hearing can get a phone notification when someone arrives.
This device could be paired with a smart lock that can be unlocked via a smart phone. A senior could check who the person is at the door with the video doorbell and then let them in without having to get up.