Can we talk for a moment about apartment buzzers? I don’t think I’ve ever lived in a building where the buzzer system has worked consistently and reliably. Either you don’t hear the rings, or you can’t actually grant access by dialing, or they can’t find your name on the list. This latter issue, ironically, has only been exacerbated by large buildings and digital systems.
For further buzzer-flavoured irony, why is it that my friends who live in the older buildings have less trouble with their buzzer system? It’s because the buzzer exists seperately from the telephone system. They have a distinct receiver that they pick up and grant access with. It’s a classic integration issue–clearly, buzzers and telephones were never meant to work together.
My solution is to outsource the entire buzzer system. A few companies own and manage all of the podiums and wall units. That way it’s not every building manager’s problem. Instead (in theory), the systems are maintained by people who actually understand them. As residents, we could update our information or log an issue through a Web interface. I don’t know, I think there’s a market out there. Deliver me from my buzzer madness.
Alternately, I suppose I could just buy a house.